How to Remove the Smoke Smell After an Oven Fire

Clean your oven thoroughly before reuse following an oven fire.
Clean your oven thoroughly before reuse following an oven fire. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

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.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubber gloves
  • Steel wool
  • Oven cleaner
  • Sponge
  • Baking soda or salt
  • Vinegar

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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


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