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The internet is full of advice on self-cleaning ovens and how to make your own oven cleaner, but I need advice on cleaning non-self-cleaning ovens with store-bought oven cleaner! I know to take the racks out. What I can't find is if I need to take the elements out too?

I have an oven-cleaning spray and rubber gloves and sponge. I should be prepared. I just want to know if there are crucial details I should know about and don't. I wish I knew quite how long the whole thing will take since I'm hoping to do more baking this afternoon.

This should be such a basic household skill, but I've never needed to do this before. Help!


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Nov. 28th, 2003 11:07 am (UTC)
I don't know what kind of spray you're using, but most kinds I've used you have to let sit for quite a while (an hour? maybe more?) for them to do their work. You don't need to take the elements out, or at least I never have. Spray on the stuff, let it sit, then be prepared for some potentially very messy wiping down. You'll probably need lots of paper towels or else to keep rinsing your sponge out over and over. And make sure, sure, sure you get all the cleanser off - wipe the whole thing down with a clean, wet sponge or paper towels even after you think it looks clean, because otherwise you'll get this gross white powdery residue the first time you try to cook with it. These are my words of wisdom from having cleaned two ovens in my life ;)
Nov. 28th, 2003 11:10 am (UTC)
Thank you! Yes, this one says to leave it sit for 20 minutes before wiping down. I have a bucket and soft clothes and sponges and paper towels, so collectively it should be okay.

I'm a bit nervous about the fumes, though, since everything online and on the bottle warns me about them. Ventilation, I can do. (Really, I wanted the apartment to be freezing cold this afternoon...) If I can finish cleaning it in the next hour, then maybe I can have baked squash as well as a clean oven before the PIMS reception this afternoon.

That's right - you probably already know, but the Pontifical Institue annual Christmas party is this afternoon in the PIMS common room, from 4:30 until 6, I think, if you're interested.
Nov. 28th, 2003 11:13 am (UTC)
I hope your oven-cleaning goes well! I would love to come to the reception, but my father's in town this weekend and we've got plans for tonight. Thanks for the invite, though :)
Nov. 28th, 2003 12:03 pm (UTC)
If you wanted to go, dear, I'd be happy to entertain your dad, at least until 6:30 or so.
Nov. 28th, 2003 12:40 pm (UTC)
So far, so good. The oven is looking largely clean and shiny except for a few persistantly burned-on bits. The only point of real stupidity on my part was popping the oven light bulb by washing it while it was on and hot. As soon as it cools down, I can take it out.

It's late enough I could still make the squash with lots of time to spare, but not make it to the reception, which I wanted to go to. Ah, dilemmas.

Have a good visit with your father this weekend!
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