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How to clean melted plastic out of an oven

If you melt plastic in your oven, you may begin to panic because it will create a smelly, sticky mess. You can remove the plastic from your oven by using the proper techniques for the type of oven you own. You will need to clean and remove all the areas of melted plastic from your oven before you can use it again to avoid setting off the smoke detectors and filling your home with an unpleasant smell.

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  1. Allow the racks to cool and remove them from the oven. If you have a gas oven, turn off the gas before proceeding. Fill small plastic bags with ice and place them over the melted plastic. Lift the plastic off with a razor blade.

  2. Place a bag of ice over the melted plastic on the bottom of the oven. If you have a gas oven, remove the bottom panel by removing the screws that hold it down. Place the panel in the freezer to make the plastic brittle.

  3. Use a spatula to remove the melted plastic. You can use a razor blade scraper on an electric oven because it will not hurt the porcelain.

  4. Clean the oven with an oven cleaner after you remove the plastic. Follow the directions carefully on the cleaner, and wear rubber gloves to protect your hands.

  5. Remove the oven racks. Place bags of ice on the oven racks to freeze the plastic to make it brittle and easier to remove. Use a spoon to tap the plastic to crack it, and then pry it off with your fingers.

  6. Open all the windows in the home. Turn the oven onto the lowest setting. Heat the oven until the plastic appears soft and pliable.

  7. Remove the melted plastic with a wooden spoon or spatula. Avoid other materials because they may damage the oven.

  8. Wash the oven racks with mild dishwashing soap and water. Place the oven racks back into the oven.

  9. Run the oven's self-cleaning feature after you remove the plastic. Follow the steps according to your oven's manual when using this feature.

  10. Tip

    You may need to replace the oven floor or plate if you cannot remove the plastic. Call a professional to help you if you have difficulty removing the melted plastic.

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Things You'll Need

  • Plastic bags
  • Ice
  • Razor blade scraper
  • Spatula
  • Commercial oven cleaner
  • Spoon
  • Wooden spoon or spatula
  • Mild dishwashing soap

About the Author

Angela LaFollette holds a Bachelor of Arts in advertising with a minor in political science from Marshall University. LaFollette found her passion for writing during an internship as a reporter for "The West Virginia Standard" in 2007. She has more than six years of writing experience and specializes in topics in garden and pets.

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