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How to Remove Melted Plastic from Your Oven

Nowadays, plastic kitchenware can be found in almost any kitchen and has become a part of everyday life. However, with that, a problem has arisen – the misplacement of such flammable kitchenware in or on top of running ovens.

It should go without saying that burning plastic is neither good for you nor your cooker, but what’s even worse is the melted residue it leaves behind. In this guide, we have covered several ways on how to clean melted plastic from your oven and hopefully, they will work for you.

So if you: 

  • Accidentally forgot a plastic tray in your oven while it was on.
  • Are wondering how to remove melted plastic off your hob.
  • Misplaced a plastic bag on top of a wood-burning stove.

Then keep on reading!

Cleaning melted plastic from inside the oven

It might sound a bit bizarre, but people forget plastic objects inside their ovens more often than you think. The aftermath of this is usually a splatter of melted plastic inside the oven, accompanied by a putrid burnt smell. This completely destroys the taste of any future cooked food if not cleaned on time.

When cleaning melted plastic from an oven, you can rely on either the cold or the warm method.

  • Cold method – Use cold temperatures to freeze the plastic. This makes it more brittle and easier to break off with a knife or a scraping tool.
  • Warm method – Use heat from the oven to melt the plastic and then scrape it off with a wooden spoon when it has softened up a bit.

How to get melted plastic off electric and gas oven

It’s preferable to use the cold method when removing melted plastic from the inside of an electric or gas oven. Start by placing an ice bag on top of the plastic and let it sit until the ice melts. Once the residue becomes hard, use a scraping tool to remove as much of it as possible. With this particular method, it’s usually fairly easy to remove big chunks of plastic with minimum effort.

When you remove all of the residue, clean the inside of the oven using some detergent.

Before going ahead and cooking, run the oven on high heat to make sure no plastic was left behind after the cleaning.

Removing plastic from self-cleaning ovens

Self-cleaning ovens tend to be a bit tricky, as you can’t really use the cold method here since it might damage the coating of the oven. Therefore, your safest option is to go with the warm way. Before you start the procedure, crack a window open and switch on the extractor hood. Now with that out of the way, turn the oven to the lowest setting.

Wait for the plastic residue to soften up a bit and then use a wooden spoon to scrape all of it off. Try to avoid using tools that can end up damaging the oven and getting it in need of oven repair service. Once you’re done with removing most of the plastic, run the self-cleaning cycle of the oven to burn any small remaining residue.

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How do you get melted plastic off heating element?

To get melted plastic off an oven heating element, you can follow the instructions below:

  1. Turn the extractor on (you can also use a fan).
  2. Turn the surface unit on, on the lowest setting.
  3. Once the plastic softens a bit, use a wooden spoon to scrape as much of it off, as gently as possible.
  4. Turn the unit on to the highest setting, to burn whatever remains of the plastic.

If want to read more on how to clean your oven grill element, we have you covered.

How do you get melted plastic off metal oven rack

The best way to clean melted plastic off oven racks is through the cold approach.

  1. Take the racks out of the oven.
  2. Place them in the freezer or inside a tub between two ice bags.
  3. Wait for 30 minutes for the icy temperature to harden the plastic.
  4. Once it’s nice and frozen, scrape it off gently with a knife (be careful not to scratch the metal racks).
If there are only lite pieces of plastic on the oven racks you can try some of these classic natural cleaning tips.

Removing melted plastic from an oven hob

Limited space in the kitchen can lead to you accidentally leaving a plastic container or bag on a working hob. The consequences of that could put you in a place where you have to deal not only with a batch of melted plastic, but also with an awful smell. However, with the proper tools and the right ventilation, you can restore your burner to its former glory. Still the best way to never have this problem is to try and use less plastic in your everyday life and home.

Ceramic and glass stove tops

Getting melted plastic off a ceramic or glass hob can be quite troublesome, especially when you’re trying so hard not to damage the glass surface. However, if you don’t remove the plastic and just leave it be, it will render your oven top completely useless.

A great way to approach the cleaning of the hob is through a tweaked version of the warm method. Fill a pot with boiling hot water and using a tablespoon, apply the water onto the plastic. This will loosen it enough for you to scrape it off easily using a putty knife.

Cover whatever remains of the plastic with some baking soda and let it sit for a few minutes. Use a microfibre cloth to scrub off the remaining residue off. You might need to repeat this process a couple of times depending on how much plastic is still left on the hob. After all of the residue is gone, clean the top using some soapy water and wipe it off with a microfibre cloth.

Gas and electric stove burners

To remove melted plastic from the coil and disk burners, you will first need to get some degreasing detergent (something like WD-40 will do the trick). This will make all the nooks and crannies of the hob easier to clean in one go.

First, make sure the oven is switched off. Then apply the degreasing detergent on top of the affected area and let it sit for a few minutes. Use a scraping tool to remove all of the plastic.

How to get melted plastic off stove

Ironically, wood-burning stoves make for great shelves, however, that doesn’t mean you should use them as such. Yet, if on the off chance you forgot some plastic items on the hot cast iron stove and are now left with a patch of gooey plastic, don’t fret, it’s treatable. All you will need is a putty knife, oven-cleaning solvent, detergent and a microfibre cloth.

  1. Place a fan in close proximity to the wood-burning stove.
  2. Start the stove and wait for the plastic to loosen up a bit.
  3. Use the putty knife to carefully scrape the melted plastic off the warm surface, without damaging the surface.
  4. Stop the stove and wait for it to cool down.
  5. Treat the affected area with an oven-cleaning solvent to dissolve the remaining plastic residue.
  6. Clean the hot cast iron stove with a soapy detergent and then wipe it off with the microfibre cloth.

Remember that leaving your oven unattended after the plastic has melted on or in it can prove to be detrimental to your health. Aside from the horrible smell it emits, the plastic also produces toxic fumes that can mix in with your food which could, in turn, lead to food poisoning.

Therefore, it’s essential that you clean the residue off the oven as soon and as thoroughly as possible. This way, you can get back on track with cooking and enjoying your tasty homemade meals before you even know it.

Rely on a professional oven cleaner

The best way to ensure that your oven is perfectly clean after you’ve removed the melted plastic is to book a professional oven cleaning service. The experts at Fantastic Services will disassemble your oven and clean each part separately. After that, it will be reassembled and tested.

In addition to providing a deep clean of your oven, professional services can also help remove unpleasant smells that can result from melted plastic or other food debris in the oven. These smells can be particularly difficult to eliminate with standard cleaning methods. However, professional cleaners have the necessary experience and expertise to handle it.

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  • There are two main methods for cleaning plastic from inside the oven.
  • To get melted plastic off your hob – use either WD-40 or boiling water and a putty knife.
  • Freezing your oven racks can make removing the plastic from them, a walk in the park.


Do you have any melted plastic cleaning tips and tricks of your own? Why not share them in the comment section below! Oh, and while we are on the topic of sharing, don’t forget to share this post with friends and family.

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