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Cleaning a Gas Oven

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Cleaning an oven, while necessary, is probably one of the least exciting household cleaning jobs. This is a guide about cleaning a gas oven.
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December 11, 20002 found this helpful

We just recently purchased a house. My problem is the oven. It is a gas range, but I don't think the previous owner cleaned the oven at all. I guess the stuff is baked and caked on. I've tried oven cleaner, S.O.S. pads, and a few other things. Does anyone have any solution as how to clean this oven. It is a pure mess.

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Gina

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December 11, 20001 found this helpful
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First warm your oven to about 200 D. Then be sure to turn oven off. Pour about 1/2 to 1 cup ammonia in a glass baking dish. Set this solution in your oven. Close the oven door and leave over night. This should loosen the grim enough for you to be able to wash it out the next day. You can take the ammonia in the dish and dilute it 4 or 5 parts water to 1 part ammonium to wash oven with. Rinse well. This will also work on bar b que grates - just put them in a plastic trash bag and pour in some ammonia tie off and let sit overnight. Good luck.

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December 13, 20000 found this helpful
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I have just finished the same messy project in our newly purchased home. I used fume free oven cleaner twice then I removed the grease with a glass scraper {the kind that uses a razor blade} just be careful not to scratch the enamel.

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The oven was like new when I finished. Good luck.

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December 17, 20000 found this helpful
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You can use Purple from the automotive place and a grill screen that can be bought at a chemical or paper products place. Keep screen wet. Make sure to rinse thouroughly.

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June 13, 2007

Can I clean a gas stove with ordinary oven cleaner? If not, what can I use?

Janet from Georgetown, Ontario

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June 14, 20070 found this helpful
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I stopped using oven cleaner in my gas oven years ago because it seems like you can never get all the residue cleaned out. I use primarily just baking soda and water made into a paste. For stubborn spots, use a Scotch Brite pad. If that doesn't do the trick, set a small dish of ammonia in the oven overnight, and then proceed with the baking soda. I also use just baking soda on the top of my stove and the burner grates. It works better than any of the heavy duty cleaners. There again, for brown spots from cooked on food or boilovers, use the baking soda with a Scotch Brite. Always rinse well with clear water and polish it up with a dry paper towel.

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The secret to a clean oven is to always put pies, cakes, casseroles, etc. on a cookie sheet or a pizza pan to catch any spills. And in case of accidental spills, clean as soon as possible. I am thinking of my accident at Christmas when I accidentally lost control of my pumpkin pie and dumped it into the oven because the pan I was using to set it on, bent under the weight of the pie. Not a pretty sight. My husband had to take the bottom out of the oven so that I could clean it. But I got it clean enough so there was no terrible burnt odor when I replaced the pie into the clean oven.
Harlean from Arkansas

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June 15, 20070 found this helpful
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Here's what I do: My oven was perfectly clean when I got it (came with our house) so I aim to just keep up with it. If I bake something and it goes over, as soon as I take it out of the oven, I turn the oven off and spray on the oven cleaner while the oven is still hot and then shut the door.

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When the oven has cooled, I scrub off the residue and it is good as new. Most oven cleaners will specify if they are for gas ovens or electric ovens or both. Good Luck!

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December 16, 2018

I dropped a pot holder in the bottom of the oven and it burned part of the pot holder off. Now I can't get it up. What should I use to clean this mess up?

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December 17, 20180 found this helpful

I would heat the oven again, turn it off, and scrape with the edge of an old credit card

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December 17, 20180 found this helpful

I'm not sure that I would turn my oven on if part of a potholder is still in the bottom. But you may need to turn it on to loosen the cloth. Maybe turn it on to 150/200 degrees for a few minutes before you start your cleaning process.

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Some people use plain white vinegar to start. Pour it on and close the door; wait at least 30 minutes or more. Check to see if it is working. If not, pour a little more and wait again.

If this does not work you might want to opt for stronger stuff.

Do NOT use ammonia if you have used any other cleaner.

I have always had success with using ammonia to clean my over and I believe it would loosen up the burnt potholder as well. The kitchen should be well ventilated and wear gloves if possible. Try not to breath the ammonia scent while pouring.

Try pouring some ammonia on the potholder and close the door; leave for a while and see if it has loosened (use a flat spatula or even an old CC). If not loose; wait a while longer or overnight if possible.

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December 18, 20180 found this helpful

I learned this trick when my friend's sister worked at a donut shop. Take a can of coke or pepsi (or generic cola) and soak a dish rag in it and lay it on the burned mess overnight. DO NOT TURN ON THE OVEN AT ANY TIME IN THIS PROCESS OR YOU COULD CAUSE A FIRE! PLEASE--SAFETY FIRST.

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In the morning the burned mess should be loose and you should be able to take a PLASTIC NOT METAL--spatula and gently scrape it off. It may take several treatments to get it all, but it almost always works.

DO NOT, TURN ON THE OVEN AT ANY TIME UNTIL THIS IS CLEAN OR YOU RISK A FIRE!! If this doesn't work, call the company of the stove and get their feedback on what they recommend.

Post back to let us know how well this works for you!!

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December 20, 20180 found this helpful

Thanks everyone. I am going to try the coke or pepsi solution first. I think I had heard that coke was good for almost anything. I will post here if it works.
Betty

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January 12, 2019

Can one use a vacuum to clear out residue in a gas oven?

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January 12, 20190 found this helpful

Like you want to clean out the burnt crumbs? That's probably a good tip. I looked it up and it's actually written in a blog that they clean their oven with a vacuum (but ensure the oven is not wet, and use appropriate attachments.)

Reference: www.thekitchn.com/cleaning-tip-vacuum-your-stove-102340

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January 13, 20190 found this helpful

You can use it with the attachment for getting in narrow spaces

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January 13, 20190 found this helpful

Here's my concern...so it is possible, but do you really want burnt food crumbs in your vacuum cleaner?

Now I am old fashioned and still have a vacuum with a bag, so I would not want food in the bag as it would attract varmints.

Greasy residue would stain if you have a reusable bag thing...like a Dustbuster or one of those hand held gizmos that you pull the reusable bag out, shake into the trash and keep going. I would not want food yuck to seep into that thing. Ick!

I guess if you have a bag-less contraption and clean it very well, and are sure none of the food stuffs are stuck in the brushes you would be fine.

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December 8, 20110 found this helpful

Do you have to blow out the pilot lights before you clean your gas oven?

By Melissa

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December 9, 20110 found this helpful

If you blow out the pilot light wouldn't the gas continue to seep into the over and kitchen? I would call your local gas company and ask them how to properly clean a gas oven. Or maybe the instructions are in the owners manual if you still have one.

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March 18, 20140 found this helpful

To shut off the pilot light for the oven, you can shut the valve for the gas line by raising the top surface of the stove. There should be a valve near the far left or right side of the stove. This will shut off all of the pilot lights including the stove burners. When you finish cleaning the oven, or stove top, turn the valve on and relight ALL of the pilot lights (usually 2 for the stove top and 1 for the oven).

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March 18, 20140 found this helpful

Yes, if you do not turn off the pilot light the gas will continue to flow into the oven. I recommend turning off the gas supply at the connection to the stove, which is located near the rear of the stove top.
To shut off the pilot light for the oven, you can shut the valve for the gas line by raising the top surface of the stove. There should be a valve near the far left or right side of the stove. This will shut off all of the pilot lights including the stove burners. When you finish cleaning the oven, or stove top, turn the valve on and relight ALL of the pilot lights (usually 2 for the stove top and 1 for the oven).

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January 3, 20150 found this helpful

What commercial cleaner is best?

By C. Moore

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January 3, 20150 found this helpful

There are many home and commercial cleaners with various awful ingredients. Will you use this cleaner in your oven at home or in a restaurant, etc? If you intend to clean a home oven, use a cleaner made for home kitchen ovens.

As for the "best" cleaner, I am sure there are many "bests" depending upon the person you ask. Suggest you choose the correct cleaner type for the job and, if it does not clean as you need, try another.

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December 20, 20140 found this helpful

The clock and timer on my oven are not functioning any longer, thus the self cleaning function does not work. Any ideas on how to clean this oven?

By Marilyn J.

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December 20, 20140 found this helpful

You will find a large amount of information online about cleaning ovens:
self-cleaning and continuous cleaning (including those where the function no longer works), and regular ovens.

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November 29, 20140 found this helpful

Is it safe to leave ammonia in a gas oven after it has warmed? Will it not blow up? To clean it, I want to use ammonia but have safety fears!

By Sarah

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November 30, 20140 found this helpful

No, ammonia is safe only to clean electric ovens, not gas ovens.

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November 9, 20060 found this helpful

Can I use aluminum foil to cover my thermostat when cleaning my oven with EZ off? The directions say do not spray the thermostat, but I need to get the area underneath it! It is a gas oven, not self-cleaning.

Thank you. Sincerely,
Marcia from Ponca City, OK

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February 28, 20110 found this helpful

Well I sprayed my thermostat in my gas stove as it was greasy, then made sure I wiped it off real good. I haven't had a problem with my gas stove oven. My thermostat is an electrical one.
roadrouser

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