Good Question: How Do I Get Melted Plastic Off the Oven?

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We’ve totally had this problem. Julie asks:

I’ve had a bad week when it comes to plasticware in the kitchen. First I forgot that a bunch of stuff—including some plastic food savers from Ikea—had been stored in the oven, and turned the oven on just long enough to melt one of them. Now there’s a little bit of residue on the bottom plate of the oven, which is removable. I’ve taken it out but am not sure of the best way to get the residue off.

Then, while toasting some cumin powder, I forgot I was holding a plastic teaspoon and tried to scrape a spot that was about to scorch. A little bit of the plastic teaspoon melted onto my stainless steel frying pan.Can anyone tell this klutz the best way to get the plastic off these surfaces? I promise to keep the plastic away from the stove from now on.

Julie, on the *ahem* one or two occasions we’ve dealt with this problem, we’ve let the plastic cool completely, then chipped away at it with a spatula or screwdriver until it was mostly gone. In the case of the stainless steel pan, it seems like a little steel wool would be enough to remove it.

But surely there is a more efficient way. Readers?

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