There is no teflon in a self-cleaning oven precisely because it cannot stand the 800F-900F temperatures. If there are any fumes associated with self-cleaning, they are from the food residue you are burning off (unless you have been baking coal in the oven).
I was wrong about this! This is what my owner's manual says:
The health of some birds is extremely sensitive to the fumes given off during the self-cleaning cycle of any range. Move birds to another well ventilated room.
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan
could be wrong, but self cleaning ovens tell you not to use oven cleaners etc. They take the coating off the enamel of the oven.
A commercial range or oven has panels you can take out and power wash ... but other than that, getting down on my knees and leaning into my oven and twisting my hand in ways it is not meant to turn...self clean all the way!
I use the oven cleaner on the stove top, not inside the oven. It's perfectly fine to use it on the stove top, which is never cleaned when you put the oven on self-clean.
How can we sleep while our beds are burning???
I leave my racks in during self-cleaning. They are discolored but clean as a whistle. If you do leave the racks in during cleaning, they become hard to slide in and out so just coat the side rails of the rack with a light coating of oil and the problem is gone.
This is one of the best posts I have read on here. I am cleaning my oven now with racks in. I just wish I had realized this along time ago!
Not in my wildest dreams could I imagine myself cleaning an oven that is self-cleaning. I cook on electric ranges and the oven cleans itself perfectly leaving a little bit of gray ash to wipe up with a paper towel. The oven heats to a maximum of 800 degrees and does a great job. I can't imagine why anyone would opt to scrub a self - cleaning oven. I too leave my racks in and spray them with Pam after cleaning.
Heres' a tip: For those who don't read the manuals take a look at yours . Most self-cleaning ovens have walls that are made of materials that will ruin if you use oven cleaner. All of my manuals said "never use oven cleaner on the oven walls or floor." I do what I'm told.