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Husband put aluminum foil on bottom of oven. I can't just pick it up, I think it is melted. Is there something I can do to remove it without scratching the oven?

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While the oven is not in use..place a large hot wet towel on the spot and leave it to see if that will loosen the foil. I would suggest leaving the oven door open so you will not forget that the towel is in the oven, but make sure there are no small children around.

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