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Best and Safest Way to Clean a super dirty Oven

burgeoningfoodie | Jul 9, 201012:54 PM     42

Hello Chowhounds,

I've just moved into a place that is pretty fabulous. I'm subletting and the only major problem is that the oven is a nightmare.

I mean I've never seen something so utterly dirty. It is an electric oven and has no self cleaning feature. There are charred bits/chunks all over the bottom, I can't tell if anything is caked on the racks and the door has caked on blackish/brown gunk I can only believe is grease.

So my question is waht is the best way to thoroughly (though I'm not looking forward to it) clean this oven. What products are not super expensive (especially since I'm subletting) and aren't going to possibly catch fire or leave lingering fumes. Beyond that, what do I do after the initially scrubbing? I've heard about bar keepers friend but I thikn that is for dishes only.

Suggestions? Let me know how long said detergent needs to sit and how much elbow grease (with what type of pad) will I need.

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