How to Remove the Smoke Smell After an Oven Fire

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Things You'll Need

  • Rubber gloves

  • Steel wool

  • Oven cleaner

  • Sponge

  • Baking soda or salt

  • Vinegar

Clean your oven thoroughly before reuse following an oven fire.

Oven fires can leave a strong odor behind in your oven. Sometimes an oven can be salvaged after such a fire, and in those cases it should be cleaned and disinfected before further use. Whether you have had to spray the inside of your oven with a fire extinguisher or sprinkle a substance such as baking soda, you may have a lingering odor that you'd like to remove. Try cleaning the oven yourself before calling a professional to get rid of the smell.


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Step 1

Put on rubber gloves to protect your hands before attempting to clean the oven.

Step 2

Scrape the oven walls and remove as much burned-on debris as possible, then sweep any solid matter out of the bottom of the oven.

Step 3

Remove the oven racks and burner covers and soak them overnight in hot, soapy water. Scrub them with steel wool if necessary, then wipe them clean with a wet cloth.


Step 4

Spray oven cleaner over the oven interior and stove top and allow to penetrate, according to package directions.

Step 5

Scrub the oven interior and stove top with a non-abrasive sponge until all stains are removed.

Step 6

Mix vinegar and baking soda until it makes a thick paste. Cover the oven walls with the paste and allow it to sit for several hours. Wipe clean with a sponge or washcloth.


Step 7

Place a pan of vinegar in the oven and set the temperature to the lowest setting. Allow the vinegar to heat up and come to a boil, then turn the heat off.

Step 8

Run a cleaning cycle if your oven is equipped with a self cleaning option.