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How do I get melted aluminum foil off the heating element at the bottom of my oven?

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Hello,

You will need some plasticene, the drano, water, gloves, a lot of paper towels and wood skewers and good ventilation.
Start the ventilation and open a window or door.
Put on your gloves.
Use the plasticene to create a dam about .25?-.5? high around the area in the oven you’re looking to remove the aluminum from… the area’s you’re working in should be about 2.5? in diameter.
Pour in some of the drano into the dam and add enough water to touch all the sides of the dam, if the chemical reaction hasn’t started (should be almost instant) keep adding the drano bit by bit until it does… the dam contents will start to boil and ammonia fumes and a little hydrogen gas will form, hence the need for some good ventilation!!
Once the reaction is done, poke around with the wood skewer to see if the oven bottom is clear, if you’re satisfied with the results, add some some vinegar in to help neutralize the solution a bit, then use the wood skewer to remove the plasticene dam to a dish to be rinsed off ASAP.
Use paper towels to wipe up the mess on the bottom of the oven…. See your results! the area of the oven botton you treated should be free of aluminum and just be discoloured instead, not from the drano, but from where the teflon bonded.
Repeat the process until the oven bottom is clean.

Take care.

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