Asked on Oct 16, 2015

I need a home-made stove cleaner for baked-on tomato sauce

Louis Lieberman
by Louis Lieberman
It's a new stove and I suddenly realised the fumes from the casserole were causing a residue-by the time I became aware of it they were baked on-nothing seems to help.
  9 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Oct 16, 2015
    Have you tried baking soda mixed with white vinegar as a paste?

  • CrazyMawmaw1 CrazyMawmaw1 on Oct 16, 2015
    If you use baking soda and lemon juice paste it will remove it. Make it thick enough to stay together but thin enough to spread over the area you need to cover. Let it sit 15 min or so and should wipe up with sponge scrubber. Good luck.

  • Patricia Patricia on Oct 16, 2015
    This is the recipe that I have & it works pretty good....Miracle Cleaner: 2 oz Dawn Dish Liquid, 4 oz Lemon Juice, 8 oz White Vinegar, 10 oz Water...Mix well & pour into spray bottle. Spray & let sit overnight... You probably don't need to let it sit that long for a new stain. I used it on my stove & it is brand new today.. Hope it helps...

  • Beth LaMonica Beth LaMonica on Oct 16, 2015
    Baking soda and vinegar works for me. Good Luck :-)

  • Becky Becky on Oct 16, 2015
    Is it a self cleaning oven?

  • Carole Carole on Oct 17, 2015
    Shalom Louis, don't worry, I'm an experienced cook and this happens regularly to me with pans or on the stove. Here is a no-fuss way: apply first a little very hot boiling water to loosen up the grip the charcoaled stuff has on the oven and as a residue in itself. This prepares the charcoaled piece for better being destroyed during step two. You can coat with tissue it will prevent the water from running further down the oven and will make it easier to wipe away whatever comes up of its own. DON'T fall for the temptation to scratch or scrap off with a knife if a big piece seems to be" just about" to come off and like it needs a little help after the boiling water, as ding so will scratch the enamel of your oven and destroy it! Wait, step two is easy and does not need scratching nor even rubbing hard. STEP TWO: Then use plain olive-oil based soap. The one I use comes from Marseille, France, there are similar ones from Spain, the Spanish one is called I think "Sevilla Soap". (these are all liquid soap mind you and are the most efficient, this is an important detail it has to do with the formula and THEY MUST BE NATURAL soap loaded with olive oil) . Else there's a kind of another type that comes in a bar coming from Aleppo, this one is more targeted as a body-care soap especially for people with dermatological problems but it will be efficient also (that is if you can get some nowadays). The idea is these olive-oil soaps have been used since antiquity for....such problems and are working very targeted (chemically) on grease and/or charcoal residues while being very soft to the surface, baking soda is relatively soft but not efficient and SODA (not edible) is really corrosive. Many people confound baking soda with soda: as an example our grand-mothers used SODA, but back then they had kitchen ware that was of other types metal etc.. and were either very resistent or very destroyed. OLIVE-OIL based soaps are more a phenomenen culturally known to the Mediterranean "belt" while baking/SODA is more of an Anglo-saxon/Scandinavian cleaning tip. However if you compare Id take olive-oil based liquid soap anytime: it removes just EVERYTHING - also sticky grease, also "impossible to clean barbecue grills"- and leaves your oven as new and smooth as when you bought it.. PADS etc... to clean with: Do NOT use metal/wire wooll stuff nor scotch brite or similar that could scratch the enamel of your oven, this will create micro-rifts making it easier for grease or such problems as you have now-if ilke me you are a happy tomato-cook- in the future and on a scratched surface to get better hold. Nowadays you get some very fine sponges with a one side metal-surface that can scratch WITHOUT making rifts. Be sure to have some in your house always. All supermarkets have them. If ever you cannot find the kind of soaps I mention (but I'm sure in Israel that is a well assorted country you'll find) you canof course try SODA (not baking soda, it's not strong enough). BUT MIND YOU: SODA is not the stuff to eat/bake with, it is strong and cleans well but is HIGHLY EROSIVE, this is why I DO NOT RECOMMEND for the inside of ovens that have enameled surfaces. I just destroyed an enameled pan with it , it had the kind of pan coating they call "ceramic" nowaday, it is just slightly better quality than enamel while you cook although if you have to clean it is very sensitive (the enamel simply was attacked although I did not leave the solution for more than a few minutes) and in your case you need to leave the whatever you choose to apply for a longer time in order to soak up thoroughly the charcoaled rests. P.S. Don't ever be sad your oven is not self-cleaning: self-cleaning uses pyrolisis techiques that are based on a process with very high temperatures around 600°C for a process duration time of more or about one hour and the fumes are really toxic. Even you'd leave your windows pen or open them after, the fumes still would send particles etc.. to the textiles/walls in your home, these are t be compared to fine particles from diesel fumes. You saved yourself a lot of energy wasted money and exposure to toxic fumes....While the olive-oil based soap will take you maybe 30 minutes soaking time while you do something else and no fumes and after that 5 minutes active cleaning time and since it's good for your skin too, you don't even have to wear gloves !.

  • Maxine Davidson-Tompkins Maxine Davidson-Tompkins on Oct 19, 2015
    you can just put the boiling water into a low bowl or pan, close the door, leave it for about 5 mins then wipe clean so there will be no chance of getting the heating elements wet

  • Sherrie Sherrie on Oct 19, 2015
    Use a straight age razor and scrape it off, we buy automotive brushes to also clean with there is a nylon stiff brush, a coffer and metal brush and also a stainless steel scrubbie. Scrape as much as you can off and use the stainless steel scrubbie to scrub it with a little dish soap. It's the easiest.

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    • Sherrie Sherrie on Oct 22, 2015
      I have a cleaning business..we do the minimum of three move outs a day. If you use a straight edge razor and scrape it off it won't damage it. I use chemicals it is just easier for me. But if your worried about damaging it call your manufactor and ask them how it should be cleaned. Anytime we have problems with cleaning something new or beyond our ability we always call them and use their guidelines to clean.

  • Sherrie Sherrie on Oct 22, 2015
    I clean move outs that is all my business does. We do 3 to 4 a day. If you aren't going to use a chemical on it then it is going to have to wear off. A straight edge razor shouldn't hurt it unless you don't know how to use a straight edge then in that case I wouldn't. But vinegar is a acid and it etches some finishes. The other thing u can do is call the manufacturer and ask them. When I am in doubt about cleaning anything I get it straight from them.