How to Remove Dried Oven Cleaner

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Oven cleaner is used not only for cleaning ovens, but for removing caked-on grime from pots, pans and even stove tops. Oven cleaner is easy to use and works within a few minutes. But if oven cleaner is left to dry in your oven or on another surface, it can be difficult to remove. Dried oven cleaner must be "re-activated" so it can be removed without damaging the oven or other surface.

Things You'll Need

  • Oven cleaner
  • Rubber gloves
  • Nose mask
  • Sponge
  • White vinegar
  • Dry cloth or rag
  • Spray oven cleaner lightly over the dried oven cleaner spot or stain. Wear rubber gloves and a nose mask.

  • Let the oven cleaner sit for 30 minutes.

  • Wet a sponge with hot water from your kitchen sink. Wring out excess water.

  • Scrub the oven cleaner spot or stain with the damp sponge to break up the dried chemical.

  • Rinse the sponge out with hot water. Wring out excess water.

  • Wipe the area where the dried oven cleaner was with the damp sponge.

  • Soak the sponge in 2 tbsp. of white vinegar.

  • Scrub the area where the dried oven cleaner was with the vinegar-soaked sponge to neutralize the area.

  • Rinse the sponge out with hot water. Wring out excess water and wipe the area again.

  • Dry the area with a dry cloth or rag.

Tips & Warnings

  • Open the windows and any doors to keep the area you are cleaning well ventilated.
  • Do not use bleach to clean up the dried oven cleaner---it will not neutralize the spot or stain.

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