How to Clean Burnt Plastic in an Oven

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How to Clean Burnt Plastic in an Oven
Remove burnt plastic from an oven to keep your oven in good condition. (oven image by Evgeny Rodionov from Fotolia.com)

Burnt-on plastic in an oven can create horrible smells throughout the house. The plastic can also smoke and ruin any food that you cook in the oven. Not only does the burnt-on plastic leave behind a lingering smell, but it also makes your oven look unattractive. Commercial cleaners will not help you to remove the melted plastic from your oven, so you will have to use items that you have around your home. Once you notice the burnt plastic, remove it immediately to prolong the life of your oven.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Plastic bags
  • Ice
  • Spoon
  • Butter knife
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Screwdriver
  • Spatula
  • Razor blade
  • Oven gloves
  • Wooden spoon
  • Washcloths

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Turn the gas off. Locate the gas shut off valve behind the stove. Turn it to the "Off" position.

  2. 2

    Remove the oven racks from the oven. Place plastic bags filled with ice on any melted plastic on the oven racks until the plastic becomes brittle. Tap on it with a spoon to crack it and then pry it off with a butter knife. Wash the oven racks with warm and soapy water.

  3. 3

    Remove the bottom panel by removing the screws in the back.

  4. 4

    Place the panel in the freezer or place bags of ice on the plastic until it becomes brittle. Scrape the plastic off the panel with a spatula or butter knife.

  5. 5

    Wash the panel and oven racks with warm and soapy water. Place the panel and oven racks back into the oven.

  1. 1

    Remove the oven racks. Fill plastic bags with ice, and place them on any melted plastic on the racks until the plastic becomes brittle. Crack the plastic with a spoon and pry it off with a dull butter knife.

  2. 2

    Allow the oven and plastic to cool completely. Place a zipper-sealed plastic bag filled with ice on the melted plastic in the electric oven until the plastic becomes hard and brittle.

  3. 3

    Scrape the plastic off with a razor blade to lift it off the oven. Scrape at a 45-degree angle to prevent harming the porcelain finish.

  4. 4

    Wash the racks and the inside of the oven with warm and soapy water and a nonabrasive sponge to remove any lingering residue. Place the racks back into the oven.

  1. 1

    Remove the oven racks.Turn the self-cleaning oven on to its lowest setting until the plastic becomes pliable. Open all windows and doors in the home to help remove the smell.

  2. 2

    Wear oven gloves to protect your hands. Use a wooden spoon to scrape the plastic off the stove. Wipe the melted plastic off the utensil with a damp washcloth.

  3. 3

    Wipe the oven with a damp washcloth. Run the oven's self-cleaning feature to remove any lingering residue.

  4. 4

    Place zipper-sealed bags of ice onto the melted plastic on the oven racks. Allow the plastic to become brittle, and then tap on it with a metal spoon to crack the plastic. Pry the plastic off with a dull butter knife. Wash the racks with warm and soapy water to remove any residue before you place them back into the oven.

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