How to Remove Baked-on Carbon

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How to Remove Baked-on Carbon
Use this simple method to remove baked on carbon in your oven. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Baked-on carbon in your oven can cause anything you bake in the oven, as well as your kitchen, to have a slightly burnt and unappetizing smell. These deposits result from grease and other food particles which have all the water inside of them baked out over time. The end result is a hard, crunchy crust of black carbon. Before cooking your next meal, try a simple method to remove baked-on carbon.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Nylon brush
  • Rag
  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • Container
  • Wallpaper scraper/mud knife

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  1. 1

    Turn off the oven if it is currently on. Allow the oven to cool before starting to clean off the carbon.

  2. 2

    Open the oven door. Remove the oven racks.

  3. 3

    Scrape out as much of the carbon and other debris inside the oven as you can with the nylon brush.

  4. 4

    Mix the bicarbonate and water together until it takes on the consistency of a thick paste in a container.

  5. 5

    Apply the paste to the carbon deposits in the oven with your hands. Allow the mixture to sit on the baked on carbon for at least half an hour.

  6. 6

    Scrape off the carbon underneath the paste with a wallpaper scraper or mud knife. Rinse off your tool when carbon begins to cling to the end and impede your scraping.

  7. 7

    Rinse off any residue with fresh water from the sink and a sponge, if desired.

Tips and warnings

  • Mud knives, also called drywall knives, or drywall tools, are in the same section of the store that stocks drywall supplies.
  • Don't use a metal tool to scrape the carbon deposits off your oven walls, as this can cause scratching.

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