Are you avoiding cleaning your oven because it has melted plastic on it? We hear you and feel you. We’ve all been there so there’s no shame in a little melted plastic in your oven, now how you will proceed next is what’s important. Before you toss your oven away, you should know that there’s still something to be done. So today we’ll be sharing with you everything we know about how to clean melted plastic from oven.
If it happens to be one of those days and you encounter yourself in the annoying situation of having to clean your oven because it has melted plastic on it that you or someone else got there because you may have accidentally forgotten to turn it off or for whatever reason; do not panic and do not give up on your oven just yet.
Now, despite how bad the melted plastic in the oven situation may seem, cleaning your oven doesn’t need to be a complicated task. With the proper tools and the correct procedure and a little luck from the cleaning gods, your oven will soon be as good as new. Learn everything you need to know about how to clean melted plastic from oven the right way.
How to Clean Melted Plastic from Oven FAQ’s
What you should know about cleaning melted plastic from an oven?
How you clean a puddle of melted plastic from the oven floor depends on the type of oven. If you have a gas or electric oven, cooling the oven is the best method. Heating works better for electric and self-cleaning ovens.
How do you get dried melted plastic out of the oven?
Place a bag of ice on the melted plastic. Allow time for the plastic to harden and then scrape it away with a razor blade scraper.
For ovens that come with continuous cleaning features, do the following: With the room well-vented, turn the oven to the lowest setting and heat for just a few minutes until the plastic is pliable enough to scrape away.
Are melted plastic fumes toxic?
The smell of burning or melting plastic is one of the most unpleasant smells you can have to put up with. Not only is it nasty, but it also tends to cling to everything and can even be dangerous. The smoke and smell of burning plastic can be toxic, especially if you’re breathing in a lot of it
How do you clean burnt plastic?
With a spoon, pour a small amount of boiling water onto the melted plastic. This will warm up the plastic and soften it. Once the plastic has softened, use a rubber scraper to scrape it off. Dry the stovetop with a paper towel or cloth dishtowel.
How do you get burnt plastic smell out of the oven?
Remove the racks from your oven and any obvious chunks of food. Then, set the oven to self-cleaning mode, according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Let the oven cool down.
- Make a solution of one part vinegar and one part water in a cleaning bucket.
- Wipe down the inside of the oven with the vinegar solution.
How to Clean Melted Plastic from Oven
Cleaning an electric oven
- Remove the oven rack and put it into the freezer. This will make the hardened plastic more brittle and it will be easier to scrape off.
- Once you remove the rack from the freezer or have cooled it thoroughly with the ice, you can begin to scrape the plastic.
- Using a razor blade or scraping tool, gently scrape at the melted plastic. Continue scraping until you have removed the plastic from the rack, coils, and bottom of the oven entirely.
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Cleaning a gas oven
- Turn off the gas
- Remove the bottom oven panel using the two screws at the back of the panel
- Protect your countertops with a cloth or newspapers and place the panel on the counter so it lies flat
- Place a bag of ice on the melted plastic
- Allow time for the plastic to harden and then scrape it away with a razor blade scraper.
- You’ll be left with plastic shavings and pieces on the bottom of the oven. Carefully sweep these out using gloves or a brush.
- Before you use the oven again, be sure to wipe it with your usual oven cleaner to ensure the plastic residue is completely removed.
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Cleaning self-cleaning ovens
- Heat your oven. Be sure to use the lowest setting, usually no hotter than 200 °F (93 °C). Stay nearby to turn it off before it starts to smoke.
- Using a wooden spoon to scrape the now malleable plastic will avoid scratching the surface of the oven and racks.
- Scrape the warm plastic off the bottom of the oven and from the heating element. Be sure to use a scraper that will not melt while touching the warm coils, so avoid plastic or wood for this step. Instead, opt for a razor blade or scraping tool
- Remove the plastic scrapings. Ensure the oven and heating element are completely cool before you start this step.
- Using your regular oven cleaner, wipe out any of the remaining residues before using it to cook.
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How to Clean Melted Plastic from Oven Additional Tips
- When scraping the brittle plastic; the plastic may be sharp, so take care to wear gloves and use caution to avoid cuts.
- Use a heating gun or hair dryer to heat the plastic. This is a great alternative to using the oven’s heating element. Warming the plastic directly with these tools may take longer but will make it easier to avoid burns or overheating.
- To avoid burns, wear long sleeves and don gloves or oven mitts while you work.
- If possible, remove the rack entirely using oven mitts and scrape over your sink.
- If you cannot remove the rack, consider putting an oven-safe pot under the rack to catch the scrapings as you work.