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Old 01-06-2009, 06:16 AM
Location: NE Florida
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Posting this to Food & Drink BC it is related.

I thought I had removed all of the cookie containers from the oven before turning it on to preheat, but missed one in the very back. It was one of those Glad-type plastic containers and I didn't even realize it until I opened the oven minutes later ready to put in my casserole.

The smell was horrible and it had melted into a puddle on the bottom of the oven. I used a spatula to scrap off as much of the hot goo as possible, but it is still creating a terrible smell, making the oven unusable. Over the weekend I tried to burn it of by turning the oven on for half an hour and then opening the oven door with all windows open to air the house out, but I can't get rid of the smell.

I am concerned that it isn't healthy to use the oven at this point. Can anyone help/ideas on what to do?
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Old 01-06-2009, 06:44 AM
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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If it makes you feel any better, people do that all the time! Leave the oven on low for an hour or so and then clean off again with Brillo. The smell should dissipate soon. Did you clean off the racks too? Unless the container that melted was on the floor of the oven, some of the goop probably dripped on the rack(s) so make sure those are cleaned off too. Now don't go doing that again!
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Old 01-06-2009, 12:15 PM
Location: friendswood texas
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I haven't done that in my oven but in my dishwasher. A plastic lid fell on the element in the bottom and one of my genius sons decided to run the heat dry cycle, (I only ever use air dry). Ick the smell was horrendous. I thought I burnt the house down.
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Old 01-06-2009, 04:59 PM
Location: NE Florida
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I put the oven on low and then used the spatula again to scrap off as much as I could. Will have to get some Brillo.

And yes, movingtohouston, I've had the dishwasher melt downs, too. Plastic knives and forks, mainly.
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Old 01-07-2009, 11:53 AM
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Easy off....It kills plastic.
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Old 01-07-2009, 07:37 PM
Location: Palm Coast, FL & Floral Park, NY
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This just happened to me in a small microwave. My mother in law put all the cookies and little plastic baggie gifts from christmas in the microwave because we have a cat who likes to get into everything. I went to heat something up in the microwave so I took all the things in there out. There were like 3 packages. Well I missed one in the back. I put my gladware in and heated up my food. My wife is at the kitchen table and I am at the sink cleaning some dishes and all of a sudden she is like, "Oh my God, the microwave is on fire." I turn and open the door and the plastic from the wrapped cookies had ignited and then set the gladware lid on fire and the container was beginning to melt. This happened all in less than a minute. The smell...TERRIBLE! I had to clean the microwave out and open the doors and windows. (on a day when it was like 10 degrees). I caught it in time so no real plastic melted inside on the microwave but man the smell was unreal. I couldn't beleive how it went up in flames in seconds. It has to be toxic. Thank goodness I got rid of the smell.
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