Asked on Jun 30, 2016

Removing melted plastic from oven racks and oven interior

by Beth

I had been storing plastic bins in my oven and then, without thinking (obviously). I turned on the oven. There was plastic melted over the racks, coils, and floor. How do I remove the plastic without damaging the oven?

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  35 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jun 30, 2016
    Try heating up the oven just little to soften the plastic and then use a wooden scraper so you do not scratch the oven or try the reverse and use ice cubes to aid in the lifting of the melted plastic.
  • Nancy Nancy on Jun 30, 2016
    It seems to me that the plastic sticking to the racks would be easy to remove once it's cooled. Like it should just chip off easily. Using the method on the bottom is another issue!
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    • Jannis Branch Fetter Jannis Branch Fetter on Nov 22, 2019

      J did the same thing, except it was a lunchroom food tray. Melted all over the racks and the bottom. And, the fumes, OMG! I ended up having to replace the rack, and I am still scrubbing plastic from the bottom. I used dishwashing soap, topped it with salt and used a scouring pad. I also had to use a scraper before it was completely clean. Then, I got to the whole oven with Easy Off! The salt works as an abrasive!

  • B B on Jun 30, 2016
    According to heloise: For a regular electric oven: Place a bag of ice directly on the melted plastic to chill it and make it more brittle. Then carefully, using a razor-blade scraper, lift off the puddle of plastic. This procedure will not hurt an interior porcelain finish.
  • Larry Chura Larry Chura on Jul 01, 2016
    The answers here pretty well take care of it. If you can't get the racks clean enough, try an appliance repair store or a Habitat store for used racks. I agree with Janet, use either wood a plastic scraper to get the plastic off of the floor of the oven.
  • Sherrie Sherrie on Jul 01, 2016
    Warm and use a window razor. And scrape it off. It will be hard to match up your racks. Even through you would think they are all the same they aren't. My late husband had a store. You can order them straight from the manufactor. If u can't get it off. Best bet
  • Johnchip Johnchip on Jul 01, 2016
    I'ld still be crying and breaking dishes. Good luck!
  • Cmb6337477 Cmb6337477 on Jul 01, 2016
    Been there done that. Remove with heat gun and non metallic scraper. Clean residue with goop off. Then clean with soap and water. Worked for me. Good luck.
    • Esther Clawson Esther Clawson on Aug 31, 2018

      What is goop off? I had plastic melt on the base of my oven and I got the main plastic off. The residue won't come off. If you could please help me I am desperate.

  • Beth Beth on Jul 01, 2016
    what to use if no heat gun? a hair dryer?
  • Cmb6337477 Cmb6337477 on Jul 04, 2016
    Yeah with out the difusser. Probably take longer but you just need to soften enough to get it scraped up with the scraper. Toy know if it's a self cleaning oven you could maybe use that to get up the residue left.
    • Eme6593149 Eme6593149 on Jun 24, 2017



  • Bre7762158 Bre7762158 on Jul 08, 2016
    Put in freezer if you can when its cold it will snap right off and be very clean
  • Elwanna Elwanna on Jul 08, 2016
    Careful. This is how I stabbed my hand many many years ago. I developed a few more brain cells since then at least towards not stabbing myself anymore.
  • Tommi L. Perkins Tommi L. Perkins on Aug 17, 2016
    My husband did this with thin alum foil. It stuck to the bottom of the oven and when he tried to peel off left strips of alum stuck to the floor of the oven. Can you think of something that will remove this? Self cleaning oven, 2 years old. Did not try self clean cycle-thought it might catch on fire. ??
  • JOHNNY JOHNNY on Sep 06, 2016
  • Jessica Serrano-Gregg Jessica Serrano-Gregg on Sep 22, 2016
    Elwanna you're right, the plastic actually changes its molecular compound when heated, so the more you heat and cool it, the more it becomes rigid and can cut you. The best example is that plastic becomes like that dreaded blister packaging we all hate and cut ourselves on while opening a package. I wonder if she ever got it out? I'd still be crying
  • JOHNNY JOHNNY on Sep 23, 2016
    Try using dry ice, that should break the bond between the metal & plastic. I would not use the oven until clean, since plastic gives off harmful chemical's
  • Jan Urton Jan Urton on Aug 03, 2017

    My issue is the fire extinguisher stuff I cleaned it up the best I could but worried about the toxic issue. Okay our oven was brand new and the maid put the dirty dishes in the oven. We rarley use it but I turned it on we hard flames coming from the oven three feet high 😞😡. The fire extinguisher stuff went all over. we picked off the big pieces but am afraid to warm the oven to soften the rest.

  • Adam Adam on Sep 03, 2017

    flames three feet high?

    time for a new oven right?

  • Christine Graham-Coote Christine Graham-Coote on Mar 24, 2018

    Try using easy off oven cleaner and leave it over night. Wipe it clean in the morning. I tried it and it worked. Hope this helps.

  • Naomi Hirschhorn Milgrom Naomi Hirschhorn Milgrom on Jun 22, 2018

    This just happened to me! Not impressed by my daughters cooking abilities. Definitely easier by adding some heat so plastic can melt a bit. Hold onto racks with a dishcloth, so as not to burn yourself and scrape away at plastic. Even better, as I got tired of scraping and almost burning myself, is putting the rack into a roasting pan and letting it melt completely into the pan, especially if you've put a bit of oil in the pan. Much easier and all the plastic slides right out. Brilliant

  • Kathleen Julien Kathleen Julien on Aug 15, 2018

    After years of cooking why did I do this?!!!

    These answers made it so much simpler.

    If you have a large freezer I would just bag racks etc and place them in there until plastic frozen and easier to break off.

    I only have small freezer in apt fridge.

    Did one rack at a time.

    1. Heated rack in hot oven.

    2. Oven mitts on. Removed rack to sink. Scraped off all I could with wooden spoon. It works!

    Then pulled off what looked pullable.

    3. Used strong kitchen scissors to cut into and off larger pieces.

    4. Razor blade Scraper to remove

    what was still left.

    5.Then reheated in oven and wiped off bars on racks with damp cloth.

    6. Sigh of relief...

    7. Well I also managed to start a fire in oven but baking soda took care of that. Sigh.

    Now wonder what landlord thinks I am cooking...but otherwise all is good. Thanks to all for advice.😊

  • Aaron Rosenberg Aaron Rosenberg on Sep 03, 2018

    For the plastic that's wrapped around the oven racks, after it cools and hardens, a pair of pliers gently twisting cracks it right off in tube pieces.

  • Deanna Horton-Etten Deanna Horton-Etten on Oct 15, 2018

    My granddaughter put two stuffed unicorns in the oven and I decided to make pizza. the oven was on fire. I got them out, but one of them was dripping all over the bottom of the oven. The whole inside of the oven is coated in plastic film because I had to leave the door closed to snuff the flames. I might be able to get the stuff off the bottom, but I am not sure how to get it off of every single inch of the inside of the oven. I am afraid to self-clean for fear it will set itself on fire again. It was smoking so badly. the whole house smells like a defunct toy factory.

  • Sharon Sharon on Oct 15, 2018

    I had a client do this. I ran the rack under really hot water and used coarse steel wool and a metal scraper to get it off. The inside I heated up, wearing a mask, just til the plastic was sticky and scraped it off with a metal scraper. Then steel wool to ensure it was all off.

    • Bru Zote Bru Zote on Dec 07, 2019

      If the oven is giving off even mild fumes, people breathing that air should be wearing properly fitted *respirators*, not just plain paper masks. Even an N95 won't do. The plastic fumes include individual toxic molecules, not just larger particles. Those molecules will pass through ANY thin permeable material. Respirators have rather thick cartridges that capture and chemically break down the fumes.

  • DenisePillar DenisePillar on Dec 15, 2018

    I have an older gas oven/stove.I accidentally melted a Tupperware bowl in it last week.Thesmell was awful.I immediately turned off the oven and removed the oven rack with the melted bowl still attached. Was able to pry off most of it and put the oven rack in my freezer until the attached plastic became brittle.I was able to remove most of it by hand,but had to use a pliers to get the rest off.The bottom of the oven also had some plastic drips on it.The bottom oven metal plate was removable,so I used the same freezer method with that.Just to be on the safe side,I then cleaned the whole inside of the oven with oven cleaner,including the bottom plate and the racks then scrubbed everything with steel wool pads,then wiped all down with vinegar and water.There is absolutely no visible plastic on anything,but the oven still has a slight smell of the plastic.I am concerned if my oven is still safe now to cook food in.

    • Jessica Carlson Jessica Carlson on Jan 15, 2019

      This is my EXACT situation... cleaned it but still a faint burnt plastic smell.. concerned about safety/fumes... no visible plastic left in stove

  • Stephanie Sexton Stephanie Sexton on Jan 31, 2019

    So I left a plastic Tupperware in my stove. It burnt all on the bottom of the oven. I caught it quick (as it was on fire). Right now it is -13 degrees out. I opened all windows, and doors I could. As it got cold I scraped out the cooled plastic with a Metal spatula, wiped what I could then heated up the stove and used a SOS pad, and keep Wiping as I was going. With the stove warm the plastic just wiped off. Cleaner then it has been in a long time. And no smell at all.

  • Pete Zielinski Pete Zielinski on Oct 13, 2019

    I would back up and park my 1250hp mk4 toyota supra right in front my oven and two-step the hell outta it.. If the melted plastic didnt melt away, your oven sure would have!

  • Sarah Connor Sarah Connor on Apr 20, 2020

    A good pair of needle nose plyers and about 40 minutes of my time and a cracked knuckle later, I snapped the cooled plastic chunk off. I used the cutting part of the needle nose to cut chunks off until it got close to the rack. Then I gently twisted it back and forth until it snapped right off. Now to try the other methods here to get the blob off the bottom of the oven. Thank you folks

  • Sarah Connor Sarah Connor on Apr 20, 2020

    And that took about 30 seconds. Oven was totally cooled. I used a silicone covered spatula and just used gentle pressure at the base. It popped right off. Used regular hot water with a green scrubby and there is no residue behind. Thank you everyone!

  • Cabonia Crawford Cabonia Crawford on Sep 15, 2020

    I saw the advice to use a heat-gun which made me think of the lighter I had. I took the rack with the melted plastic attached. I ended up re-lighting the plastic which burned away. (Although I must say the flame did build up higher than I expected.) The next thing that occurred is that the plastic is hard enough to hammer away. I placed the rack on the garage floor and hammered it away, finally it was completely removed.

  • Annie Annie on Jun 24, 2021

    Heat the oven a bit, then use a hard plastic flipper or spatula to jab at the hardened plastic. Could take awhile to get it all off, it's quite a job.

  • Ian54068531 Ian54068531 on Oct 23, 2021

    For the oven racks with plastic (e.g. polypropalene) melted on them. I put the racks into the freezer (4 degrees F) to make it brittle. Some bits came off easily with a 1” paint scraper; I whacked large lumps with the side of pliers or pinched them, then scraped the residue off with the scraper. 20 minutes. Done, good as before the meltdown!


  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Oct 23, 2021

    Heat up the oven until plastic becomes easier to remove. Once the oven has the plastic removed, clean it in the normal way.

  • Stephie McCarthy Stephie McCarthy on Dec 27, 2021

    I baked frozen oysters from the store, following the instructions, and the plastic tray melted! I'm so happy that HomeTalk has some solutions I can try!

  • Janice Janice on Dec 21, 2023

    While the oven is cool, place a few frozen items from your freezer onto the plastic for several minutes, remove the items, and use a strong plastic spatula to "pop" the very cold plastic off the oven and racks, and heating element. I've learned to never store any items other than metal cookie sheets and baking pans in my oven (the hard way). Not even pans that have a plastic handle!

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