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Feb 28, 2013 09:22 AM

How do you clean your oven ceiling (heating element and light)

Any tips for cleaning the oven ceiling? I have to poke my head in, look up, try to reach through the heating element and scrub with a stainless steel sponge. Also, the oven light is smattered with stains, i think just use a slightly abrasive sponge and gently scrub away?

I recently discovered that the side racks of my oven can be removed (for once i actually rtfm!)so I can clean the walls unencumbered. I can't tell you how excited I was to find this out. Previously I had scrubbed through the racks but felt that a lot of the stains were eluding me.

I would rather not use that Mr Muscle stuff. Now that my walls are clean, I want to know if there're any secrets to getting to the ceiling. I can't find anything on youtube specifically about the top, and the oven manual doesn't say that the heating element can be removed.


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  1. Hi, Mimi:

    This is an ugly job--even worse than plumbing working on your back under the sink. As you've discovered, there's no easy way to get in a range oven to see, let alone work.

    Most resistive heating elements can be removed--that's how they're replaced. If 'tfm" is worth anything, it should say. Back before appliances got so complicated, all you did was unsnap a clip or two, and then the element ends just slip out of a "socket" much like the hob coils do.

    Really, if the self-cleaning cycle isn't doing it for you, I would indeed resort to Easy-Off spray or its equivalent. But out of an abundance of caution, if you're spraying all over in there, unplug the appliance first (use a flashlight or corded worklight). A hand mirror helps avoid a trip to the chiropractor ;)

    The E-O will also work for the glass covering your light.