How to Remove Oven Odors

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How to Remove Oven Odors
A dirty oven can make your kitchen smell badly. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

It is not uncommon for things to spill over in the oven while cooking. When this happens it can leave dark, burnt puddles of grease and burnt food. Immediately, or over time, the mess can emit an odour. A thorough cleaning can go a long way to eliminate bad smells.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Dish soap
  • Bleach free powdered washing powder
  • White vinegar
  • Clean cloth
  • Plastic spatula

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Remove the metal racks and soak them in the sink with hot water and dish soap to help loosen grease and debris. Use enough dish soap to make the water sudsy. If the racks are too large to completely submerge, soak them for 15 minutes and then rotate to soak the other half.

  2. 2

    Turn on the oven to 176 degrees Cor 5 to 10 minutes to heat up any gunk so it will soften and be easier to remove.

  3. 3

    Mix together a cup of white vinegar and ¼ cup bleach-free powdered washing powder to form a paste.

  4. 4

    Spread the paste around the inside of the oven with a cloth once it's cooled off a little. Focus especially on areas that are greasy and dirty.

  5. 5

    Allow the paste to remain for at least an hour.

  6. 6

    Scrape away the paste with a plastic spatula to remove hardened spills without scratching the oven.

  7. 7

    Wipe down the inside of the oven with a clean damp cloth.

  8. 8

    Wash the oven racks and allow them to air dry before putting them back into the oven.

  9. 9

    Place the racks back into the oven and leave it open for at least 30 minutes to air out.

Tips and warnings

  • If you don't have powdered bleach-free washing powder available, you can sprinkle baking soda over greasy areas in the oven and dampen them with water from a spray bottle. Allow it to harden into a paste for about an hour and gently scrape it away.
  • Make sure that the washing powder you use is bleach-free as the combination of bleach and vinegar can create harmful fumes.

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