Cleaning GuidesHow to Clean a Self-Cleaning Oven
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We’ve all been there. The heavy, stifling, unnatural smell of burning plastic starts setting into your home and there’s only one place that’s coming from – your oven. There’s no way around it, you’ll have to clean the burnt plastic off your oven.
Yeah, it’s not an easy nor pleasant task, so roll your sleeves and get ready to put some elbow grease. We’ve gathered the know-how of our professional cleaners to help you clean the melted plastic from your oven.
Be careful. Burns, breathing in burnt plastic fumes and other health hazards may occur to you while you’re trying to scrape the plastic from your oven.
Make sure to wear gloves and eye protection. Both are fairly inexpensive and can be found at your closest hardware store. And don’t substitute protection goggles with sunglasses or glasses. The glass that your eyewear is made from can shatter and cause much bigger problems to your eyesight, so spend the extra AU$5.
While most of the things that you’ll need to scrape off the burnt plastic off your oven racks and the bottom can be found in your kitchen, we strongly advise that you wear some protective gear.
Okay, so here’s what you’ll need to clean up that melted plastic mess you’ve got going on in your oven:
Now that you are all set and ready to make your appliance shiny and clean again, it is time to get to work. Here is how to get rid of melted plastic on the inside of your oven once and for all!
The first step before you start cleaning anything from your oven is to let your oven cool down. This applies especially if you’re dealing with melted plastic. Leave the oven door open as well.
Make sure the room is properly ventilated as you don’t want to breathe in any burnt plastic fumes. Don’t spray any cleaning chemicals inside your oven. Turn it off and leave it. It’s likely that you just turned it off and started searching on how to clean it, so use the time to carefully go through the process below.
Okay, before you start scraping just check if the plastic is cool. Five hours should be more than enough but better safe than sorry. Does it feel warmer than room temperature to the touch? Leave it for another hour. You can proceed only if it’s cool to the touch.
Remove everything from the oven, including the melted dish and racks. Throw the dish out and leave the racks in your sink. We’ll deal with them later.
Grab your scraper and start prying off the melted plastic from the bottom of your oven. Make sure to remove everything. You don’t want to start cooking tomorrow only to have a dish poisoned by plastic fumes.
Now it’s time to remove the plastic from the racks. With the help of your trusty scraper scrape all of the leftover plastic chunks. Be thorough.
You’ll notice there will be some type of leftover residue after you remove the plastic. Don’t worry, that’s fairly easy to remove with the proper oven cleaning detergent and tools.
We suggest that you use a store-bought solution as it will be much stronger than the homemade one you can make. Spray the whole interior of the oven and let it sit for five minutes. Agitate it with a sponge and wipe with a clean rug.
Spray your oven racks as well. Grab tinfoil, crumble it and scrub them. If you want to make your oven racks shiny again – we’ve covered how in this article.
Sometimes accidents happen on the stovetop. You turn it on and you just forget that you’ve left a plastic bowl of cereal there from this morning. Well, we’ve got you covered on this one as well.
If you’re lucky you won’t have to go to the store for a WD-40.
The process is pretty similar to the one mentioned before. However, you will have to be a bit gentler with the stovetop as to not damage it during the cleaning.
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