How to Remove Dried Oven Cleaner

Oven cleaner is used not only for cleaning ovens, but for removing caked-on grime from pots, pans and even stove tops. Oven cleaner is easy to use and works within a few minutes. But if oven cleaner is left to dry in your oven or on another surface, it can be difficult to remove. Dried oven cleaner must be "re-activated" so it can be removed without damaging the oven or other surface.

Step 1

Spray oven cleaner lightly over the dried oven cleaner spot or stain. Wear rubber gloves and a nose mask.

Step 2

Let the oven cleaner sit for 30 minutes.

Step 3

Wet a sponge with hot water from your kitchen sink. Wring out excess water.

Step 4

Scrub the oven cleaner spot or stain with the damp sponge to break up the dried chemical.

Step 5

Rinse the sponge out with hot water. Wring out excess water.

Step 6

Wipe the area where the dried oven cleaner was with the damp sponge.

Step 7

Soak the sponge in 2 tbsp. of white vinegar.

Step 8

Scrub the area where the dried oven cleaner was with the vinegar-soaked sponge to neutralize the area.

Step 9

Rinse the sponge out with hot water. Wring out excess water and wipe the area again.

Step 10

Dry the area with a dry cloth or rag.


Nick Davis

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