How to remove melted plastic from oven and grill?

Plastic containers were stored in oven. Someone turned on the oven. Plastic containers melted. How to remove melted plastic from grill and bottom of oven?

Oven’s still hot. Should I wait till it cools down, or attempt to remove while hot? Are there some solvents? Or will it just come out easily once cooled?


ETA: Plastic containers are those Tupperware type food container things.


Been there, done that.

Tried to heat lasagna stored in tupperware. Big mistake.

Your major concern is the finish on your oven. Leave it alone until it’s cooled to room temperature.

Once that happens get a plastic spatula (to protect the finish on your oven) and try to get an edge under it. If you are lucky, you’ll get it up in one piece. If not, you’ll have a lot of work ahead of you.

Do not mess with it until fully cooled. You will just smear it into the finish and make the work harder.

Good luck.

Great, thanks Scylla!

My pleasure. I messed with mine while it was still hot. Realized my mistake as I just made it worse.

Later, when cool, the parts around the grill that I hadn’t touched, I could just snap off, and pry the parts off the floor of the oven with the spatula.

The parts that I messed with while hot got smeared into the finish and were a nightmare. I just did the best I could and then ran the oven on the cleaning cycle.

Ovens have a cleaning cycle? Wow, learn something new every day.

I never use the kitchen so I don’t know anything about anything in there :slight_smile:

I’m still waiting for it to cool off completely. I’ll let you know how it goes.

OK, everything came off easily. The oven looks no worse than it already did :slight_smile:

Thanks again!

Glad to help. Wish I had been smart enough to ask for advice before I smeared molten plastic and lasagna everywhere.

Since all seems to be well in the xash household, I thought I’d relate a story that has become enshrined in family lore. My dad, rest his soul, was a petroleum engineer and surely should have known better, but he decided one day to loosen up a tube of adhesive by heating it in the oven.

When Mom discovered the exploded tube, Dad glared at her and said, “Don’t say a word!” He then went out to the Maytag store and bought a new range.

At least you didn’t have to go that route! :slight_smile: