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Score one for the toddler, who snuck an undetermined number of plastic sippy cups and perhaps other items into the oven when I wasn't looking. Turned on the oven to heat dinner, and soon had a smouldering mass of melted plastic and horrible fumes. Poison control tells me the fumes are not toxic, just irritating. I hope that is true. Many fans going, all windows open.

However: how to get the plastic mess (no longer goo, not quite brittle either) out of the bottom of the oven so that it is useable again without emitting noxious fumes every time? Some of it peels up, some does not.

I will also post this on the household thread, but thought surely there is another mamma whose toddler has done this with similar results, who might offer some cleanup advice?

I'd love to know of internet sites that might address this cleanup problem, or where to get an oven lock that actually works -- we have tried 4 different types with no luck.
 

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I am wondering if it would work to ice the plastic mass until it becomes more brittle and then maybe you could sort of peel it off cleanly or chip it off? (kinda like getting bubblegum out of something? )

I haven't had any good luck with oven locks, either. Sorry, can't offer advice on that. They all have crappy adhesive and I know we would have to use epoxy to actually adhere any of the ones we have tried.
 

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I had to share this post with my DH.

As a teenager he turned the oven on to make a pizza and didn't realize his mom was storing some tupperware in the oven. Yea, big mess. (Who stores tupperware in the oven???)

good luck.

Maybe try posting at the martha stewart website. she claims to be a domestic goddess

better yet, send her a letter and see if you can get on her show.
 

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Try ehow.com - that is where I found out the easiest way to get gum off shoes - citrus-solve plus some rubbing!

Also, PP said slightly warm the oven to make it soft - then try peeling? May want to call the manufacturer - they have heard it all!

Let us know what works!!!
 

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after a lot of elbow grease and using all the methods suggested, my oven is useable once again

boy was that unpleasant!

thanks for all suggestions
 
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