Judy asked: How do I clean up melted, cheap aluminum paper? I have a brand new stove, and like an idiot, I placed a sheet of aluminum paper on the bottom oven pan (for drips). It was directly over the heating unit, and after using the oven a few times, the aluminum was completely melted on. I have tried everything to remove it, and over the past three days, have gotten off about 75% of the mess! I can’t clean the rest! Any help would be appreciated as this oven is brand new!
Unfortunately, when the aluminum foil melts on the bottom of the oven, there is no way to completely remove it. The good news is that the bottom plate can be replaced relatively cheaply, usually for less than $30.00. Contact your manufacturer for a replacement part and guidance on installing it. Once the new piece is installed, avoid leaving aluminum foil in the bottom of the oven while baking.
Additional Tips and Advice
- If you are worried about food dripping and burning on the bottom of the oven, there are oven liners available that will not melt under the heat. UPDATE: Maybe not… Joy, who posted a comment below (Thanks!) reports that her melted mess is a result of these very liners.
- A cookie sheet can also be placed on a lower rack to catch any drips or spills.
- If you have melted foil in the oven, do NOT run the self cleaning cycle on the oven until the part is replaced.