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Published on August 16th, 2017 | by Henri

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Aluminum pan melts in oven

Q.  We bought a self cleaning-oven and before reading the directions to not put an aluminum drip pan on the oven floor, I did just that. The aluminum melted and adhered and will not come off. I’m afraid to turn on the self cleaning process. Should I? Thanks.

A. If you can remove the oven floor, take it outside and spray The Works Toilet Cleaner on the affected areas. It has a pretty good record of success, but Do not do this inside! Let it do its work for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse it off into a plastic drywall compound bucket or rubber-type bucket and dispose of it at your local haz-mat recycling center.

Use heavy rubber gloves. You may have to repeat the process several times. When the aluminum is gone, scrub the oven floor with dishwasher detergent.

If you cannot remove the oven floor, try naval jelly, a gentler process that has no fumes. Apply it generously to the aluminum and leave it overnight. Wipe it clean and repeat for several days as needed.

Another option is to buy a new oven floor.

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