How to Remove Soot from Inside the Oven


Jennie asked: How can I clean soot in the oven? The insulation fiber on the sides inside the oven is peeling, and the bottom of the oven is filled with soot. How do I solve the problem? Thank you in advance.

Erase years of burnt on foods, grease and soot without the use of harsh chemicals with this method. The best part is that you don’t need a self-cleaning oven for it to work.

You Will Need:


  • Dawn Power Dissolver (Or an oven-safe degreasing soap)
  • Sponge
  • Water (a nearby sink works best)

Steps to Remove the Soot:

  1. Preheat your own to “warm.” Allow it to heat slightly before turning it off again.
  2. Spray the inside surfaces, including the door, with Dawn Power Dissolver.
  3. Close the door and allow it to sit overnight.
  4. The next morning, use the sponge to wipe out the inside of the oven. Rinse the sponge frequently as you work.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • Traditional oven cleaners may damage the inside of self cleaning ovens. Even if you aren’t using the self-cleaning feature, you should avoid using any products which may damage your oven.
  • If you opt to use the self cleaning cycle, you can clean the resulting mess up with Dawn Power Dissolver.
  • Once the soot is removed, you will want to replace the insulation. Check with the manufacturer, authorized retail center or hardware store for replacement insulation products.
  • If Dawn Power Dissolver is not available, try a degreasing soap. Check the label to ensure it is safe to use in an oven.


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