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How to Clean Baked-On Food Inside the Oven
Oven grime is hard to remove, so you probably will have to pull out the heavy-duty artillery: ammonia. Yes, it's unpleasant, but it's also effective. And because your oven is enclosed, the ammonia can work its magic without filling your home with fumes. For added safety, though, open the windows, turn on the exhaust fan or both. And wear rubber gloves and a face mask. With the oven off, place a half cup of ammonia on the top rack and a cup of water--which adds moisture that helps loosen stains--on the bottom rack. (Don't mix ammonia and water together; that would dilute ammonia's powerful punch.) Leave both containers there overnight, with the oven off, and remove them in the morning. From there, you should be able to easily remove residue with a plastic scraper or spatula and wipe down with disposable rags, again wearing rubber gloves.Then pour the ammonia down the sink while running the tap. Rinse the rags thoroughly, let dry and throw away.