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Help - how to clean my NONself-cleaning oven?

I do quite a lot of baking and I'm ashamed to admit it, but I don't know how to clean an oven! So I've been using this one for two years and it's getting dirtier and dirtier... I need to do something about it before it's irretrievable (if it's not already)... help!

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  1. i've been doing an early early spring cleaning on my place and just discovered the mr. clean magic eraser - heavy duty! this thing is awesome and makes cleaning greasy, grimy yuckiness super easy. even after reading their website, i'm not sure exactly what's in the sponge besides ammonia, so i don't know if you'd really want to clean something that you're gonna be eating out of. but if you've got any range cleaning, get the magic eraser. happy cleaning! :o)

    1. Thanks on the Mr.Clean eraser tip.

      Re: cleaning the oven...a can of old fashion oven cleaner would do the job. You can get it at any supermarket. Try the "non-toxic" stuff. Basically you spray the stuff on the surface and come back in 30 mins to 1 hr. If you're afraid of the chemicals, wash it down with a wet sponge afterwards. Might also try Simply Green in concetrate or orange oil.

      1. Old grandmother trick that works -- with a note of caution, this is smelly so I recommend when you will be out of the kitchen for at least eight hours. Pre-heat oven to about 250 degrees - or do this after baking something and the oven is cooling - put a pan of sudsy ammonia in the warm oven, close the door and leave the room for at least eight hours. Next morning, wipe down the walls etc with some of the ammonia. Rinse with clear water until no smell remains. The pan of sudsy ammonia somehow loosens the burned on gunk and my (old) ovens wiped clean in a breeze.

        I should add that this method has the bonus of being dirt cheap; needs something to make up for the "Phew-y Factor".

        1. I'm afraid I'll have to pass on the ammonia... I'm asthmatic, we have three cats, and an open plan apartment so fuminess is out. I'll look for the Mr Clean eraser tomorrow and see how it goes.

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          1. re: Kajikit

            Good luck with Mr. Clean. Tuck this away for some time when you have a closed kitchen - it is a great trick.

          2. Old joke: Oven's dirty. Time to move.

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