I want to start by saying that we are clean people. This past winter was very cold because of the polar vortex. To our dismay, we had a visitor that explored our stove. A mouse, eek! To an even bigger dismay, we realized that when we tried to use the oven, it stank to high heaven. To make a long story short, this is how you clean it. Trust us, we tried everything.
Clean the oven thoroughly. Remove broiler drawer and clean underneath that. Slide out oven and clean the floor. You'll be surprised how much a mouse can squish down and get under anything! Now that that is done, it's time to get the stink out. We boiled two pots of 1:1 ratio of water and vinegar in the oven. You will notice it still stinks but bear with it. Start on the broil setting and, after an hour, move to 350 degrees F. Once you notice that the smell is mostly gone, add something fragrant to the water pot in the oven. I used rosemary sprigs and lavender oil. Leave it on for another hour and you should be good to go.
I think the most important part of this is making sure that you cleaned up all the deposits left behind from the animal otherwise you will just be cooking it. (barf) Also make sure you have your windows open and fans going, as it can be overwhelming. Good luck.
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Do you know if it's dangerous for those fumes of the urine my location was really bad of the smell under the stove range now I'm afraid I think I might have to throw the stove out
I am trying this suggestion right now. I am curious how this is going to work because the fan in the oven turns on whenever it starts steaming up, but maybe it will get more intense as it boils. The smell is awful even with windows open. I hope this isnt toxic to breathe. I thought about leaving to run an errand, but I have never left anything to broil for this long so I dont feel comfortable doing anything but sitting here and trying not to get sick from the noxious odors.
I tried this remedy and it improved the smell, but did not eliminate it. The insulation inside the right side of the oven between the walls still gives off a smell of cooking rat urine when we try to cook.
Thank you so much for this information. We all but tore our stove apart and found nothing. Then my husband removed the burners and lifted the top up. In the area where there is a small insulation pad for the front controls above the oven, there was a mouse nest!!!! We vacuumed that all out and cleaned the entire surface with 50/50 white vinegar and water. Then I followed your instructions by broiling a large skillet of 50/50 white vinegar and water for 1 hour. Then I did the water @ 350 degrees for about 2 hours. Most of the odor was gone by then. I added several drops of rosemary oil to water and "baked" for another 1. I am happy to say that the odor is not detectable now. Thank you so much. I was planning to ask Santa for a new stove!!!
Thank you so much! Vinegar with heat and then lavender essential oil with fresh thyme sprigs worked brilliantly and in your time frame.
oh THANK YOU! the smell arrgh..peppermint ess. oil keeps mice away. translucent plastic "micebox" traps get them eventually so one can deport them far away :) no bait needed. check frequently. also one may have to replace the insulation above oven where the little guys like to nest and/or get nesting material; they pee while they work. we took the whole darn range apart and scrubbed...twice.sigh..then i had an invasion in my garage after a neighbor who stored a lot of feed grain moved out - they came to me..strangely enough they jumped into an empty plastic bucket where they could not get out...don't know why..maybe they fell.
Thank you! Trying it now. Fingers crossed. These mice are making me wacko.
I'm pretty sure it worked! I did as directed, turned off my gas, pulled the oven from the wall cleaned a lot of mouse waste from underneath and behind the oven.
Thank you thank you for taking time to post this valuable advice! I'm pretty sure it worked. It took 2 dedicated evenings. Last night I cleaned up the insides of the ovens ( we have a double-decker) GROSS GROSS GROSS. I did as directed. Tonight, I turned off gas. Pulled stove away from the wall. There was a lot of mouse waste underneath and what looked like whole dried puddles of mouse urine. Attacked that. Then went back again into those ovens and pulled off some internal covers for the heating elements- found more piles of turds and urine.
I smelled it about an hour later while it was still warm and it smelled clean as a whistle. Hopefully, I wasn't nose blind by that point.
Finally with some kind of self-dignity back intact, I soaked some cotton gauze with peppermint oil and clothes pinned it to the racks.
Thanks so much. Followed your instructions and added cinnamon sticks to the lemon and vinegar (didn't have any rosemary )it sure worked very well thanks again and God Bless.
Thanks for the tip, it seems to have worked. A repairman gave me an estimate of about $360 to replace the insulation. Two steps I added: I removed as many droppings as I could and sprayed the insulation with urine cleaner. Total cost: $3.99 for vinegar.
I have rat festation,now I've putting rat poison down,there have gotten into my attic, just over the vent,I smell rat urine, what can i do to get rid of the smell
The problem is actually within the insulation. It has to be gutted and replaced. The also love living in the dock part of the stove if you have am opening at all.
I know this is an old post but you can do all of this and more and it won't matter. You also have to make sure to take preventative measures or it will happen over and over. It's so nasty to see the insulation and what one mouse can do. Nevermind if they're able to breed.
We needed a new to us stove and someone gave us one out of his barn. Yes it was full of mouse droppings, but I took hours and ensured it was cleaned properly. Like yours, ours stunk to high heaven of mouse urine when we tried to use the oven. My method of cleaning it was much simpler. I used the self clean function. Problem solved. Thank you so much for your post. It was informative.
I find cleaning with vinegar and baking soda works. Softens everything for easier cleanup, neutralizes odour, and just 'feels' cleaner.
Hello can anyone help. One of my cats brings me live baby rats, nonetheless still a rat, was away on holidays to come back to a house where obviously one escaped her and went in under my kitchen and somehow in the drawer of my stove as there is an opening on the back. Argh!!! Gross!! I tried to use the oven but when the fan comes on, it ricks of urine. Disinfected all but still.
I don't know where the rat peed as the oven was not dirty but it's the fan that smells. My stove is a Britannia one, any idea what I should do? Thank you.
Thank you for putting that out there I also in clean woman but the stove came with the house and apparently the other people wasn't the sub is in working order and I really don't have the money right now to go buy a new one so thank you for putting that out there.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.
I did exactly what you said to do and also ran it through a second time after on the broiler setting for about half an hour.
I went out that night and came back and turned on the broiler setting again without the vinegar/water and NO more urine smell!!!
I consider myself very lucky as i only had one mouse and waited until i caught it before I tackled the oven.
This was the first thing i saw when i googled and thought I'd give it a try
Thank you for that
I spent hours scrubbing with vinegar. I did all the tricks. Nothing worked.
Finally out of desperation I took off the range and looked inside. Oooooh boy! My little mouse friend had a pooping party right under the burners. It required cutting out some of the insulation that were pee soaked BUT the smell is gone.
Try this before tossing your oven.
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