The smell of burned food lingers inside your oven long after the meal is over. If the source of the smell isn't removed, when you turn on your oven to use it again the smell returns. While burned on food will eventually bake off and the smell will go away, it's simple to remove smells from your oven, as well as their odor-causing stains. Chemical-based commercial products and home remedies can be used to successfully remove oven odors.
Remove odor-causing stains from your oven. If you have a self-cleaning oven, follow the manufacturer's directions to run a self-cleaning cycle on your oven. For ovens that are not self-cleaning, spray oven cleaner inside the oven, paying special attention to food-stained areas.
Allow the oven cleaner to sit in your oven for the amount of time specified by the directions on the spray can. Wipe off with a clean, damp cloth, rinsing the cloth frequently. Scrub tough food stains with a scrub brush.
Tackle isolated food stains with an oven cleaning paste made of equal parts baking soda and water. Apply the baking soda paste to the burned food stain with a scrub brush and scrub the stain to remove. Rinse with a clean, damp cloth.
Rid your oven of any lingering smells with a lemon deodorizing solution. Slice three or four fresh lemons and place in a 13-inch by 9-inch baking pan filled three-quarters of the way with water. Turn your oven on to 250 degrees F.
Place the lemon slices and water mixture into your oven. Allow them to bake in the oven for 30 minutes. As the water and lemons heat up, the lemon scent will neutralize any remaining oven smells and give your kitchen a fresh, citrus scent.
Remove the pan of lemon slices and water from the oven and discard.