Asked on Feb 23, 2015

20 years of crud in oven

by Margaretb
How can this be cleaned??? In a downdraft KitchenAid stove that should have automatic oven cleaning, that program cannot operate because the oven door cannot be locked. Neither can it be repaired, the parts are no longer available. So there is buildup in the bottom of the oven, on the door, and on the racks themselves. There's probably not an "easy" way.....but any suggestions about the most effective way to do the job??
  5 answers
  • Mary Brien Mary Brien on Feb 24, 2015
    You might try: . While I don't like using harsh chemicals, this might be the best solution to that 'grubby' oven. Literally it appears to work 'painlessly' over night. You will probably still need to scrub some but it might be easier after the overnight treatment. Hope this helps.

  • Margaretb Margaretb on Feb 25, 2015
    Thanks for this iinfo....helpful!!

  • Myrna Engle Myrna Engle on Feb 25, 2015
    I always use oven cleaner. It may take several efforts, but eventually you will have a clean oven. You might ask a friend to put your racks in their stove when they clean. It would help a lot.

  • Diane hughes Diane hughes on Mar 04, 2015
    If you put your oven racks through the oven clean process it will make them hard to slide out and back in. It removes the shiny coating.

    • Margaretb Margaretb on Aug 20, 2015
      @Diane hughes Thank you so much for talking the time to give me this heads up!!

  • Marlyn Ely Marlyn Ely on Aug 25, 2015
    Don't put your oven racks in the oven when you self clean it. It will make them turn dark, just take them out and spray with oven cleaner and use a Brillo pad to go over them and take off the crud. They will always stay shiny and look new. When you go to put them back in the oven go over the side edges with a cotton ball dipped in cooking oil and they will slide right in until the next time you clean them and you do it again. Good luck!!! M. Ely