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Ooops! Melted plastic takeout containers in the oven

fldhkybnva Jan 19, 2013 03:31 PM

Well, my SO decided to stash a few takeout containers in the oven while he had a quick break to finish a paper and return to them. He failed to mention this and I just preheated the oven. There was an unusual smell which I dismissed (note to self: always seek out unusual smells in the kitchen) and then went to put the dish in and met melting plastic. What would be your advice? I immediately turned it off to reduce the likely toxic fumes emanating and assumed it would harden as the oven cools and then I can just peel it up but I worry about any residual smoking if I turn the oven on again.

  1. scubadoo97 Jan 20, 2013 08:31 AM

    I've done this once. Was proofing some pizza dough and had one ball in a stainless bowl and one in a plastic bowl. In my haste I covered the bowls with a plastic grocery bag and popped them in the old oven which I had the light on to create some warmth. Turned off the light after a while and went about other chores. Wife calls and is on her way home. I run and kick on the oven to 550* and get back to work. Get back to the kitchen to find a thick layer of smoke hanging from the ceiling. Oh #%*¥.

    One grate is in the garage with some plastic still attached. The rest got removed by scraping and self cleaning cycles

    One of those "I'll never do that again!

    1. KaimukiMan Jan 19, 2013 06:44 PM

      So long as it's not melted around anything it should come off cleanly. Just be patient and willing to take your time so it has a chance to release from the underlying material, this isn't a band-aid, don't rip it off quickly. Hopefully none of it got onto the heating elements themselves. I had to order a replacement oven rack one time, not the end of the world. The joy's of well intentioned house guests (or spouses.)

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      1. re: KaimukiMan
        fldhkybnva Jan 19, 2013 07:13 PM

        Nope just drips on the grates and on the bottom. I scraped as much as possible with steel wool and then set the oven on a quick cleaning cycle, all seems well now. Thanks for the advice.

        1. re: fldhkybnva
          PeterL Jan 19, 2013 09:14 PM

          Glad it worked out. I was going to recommend a divorce lawyer (ducking).

          1. re: PeterL
            fldhkybnva Jan 19, 2013 10:31 PM

            Yea, although he was well intentioned. I think in most houses they would have just left them on the counter or table for the 30 minutes or so that he was gone, but we have had a critter problem so the microwave and oven serve as useful storage areas for short periods. Fortunately, my nose eventually pulled me off the couch and there wasn't too much of a mess and the self-cleaning cycle did a great job on the residual.

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