The internet is full of oven cleaning solutions, but no one explains how to remove grease and grime from messy oven racks. Keeping oven racks clean is one of the most dreadful and irritating chores of any homeowner.
There are a lot of self-cleaning ovens on the market, but I don’t trust them because, over time, they may damage the internal elements of the appliance, including the racks. You should clean your oven racks by hand before using the self-cleaning feature of your oven, so they will last longer.
Here are the top 5 methods for cleaning oven racks. Decide which one is best for you:
1. Dryer Sheets and Liquid Dish Soap
The easiest way to clean your oven racks is to line your bathtub with dryer sheets. Stack the oven racks on top of the sheets, fill the tub with warm water just enough to cover the racks, and add half a cup of dish soap.
Allow them to sit overnight, then drain the tub the next morning. Then use the dryer sheets to remove the grime from the oven racks.
🔴 After you clean the oven racks, don’t forget to clean the bathtub.
2. Baking Soda and Vinegar Bath
The bathtub also plays a role in this method. Place the racks in the tub without any water. Then, sprinkle baking soda and vinegar over the racks. Using the hot water in the tub, run it until the racks are fully covered and let them sit overnight. Clean the racks with an old dishtowel in the morning to remove grease and grime. To remove any remaining baked-on gunk, use an old toothbrush or a brush with firm bristles.
3. Ammonia Trash Bags
It is the most effective method for cleaning oven racks, but it is also the most dangerous. You will need a large plastic trash bag, ammonia, a trash bin, a place outside to leave the racks overnight, and a hose. With this technique, you simply place your oven racks in the large, unused trash bag. Add half a quart of ammonia. Place the bag in a garbage can after tightly tying it off. Let it sit overnight. Since the fumes will spread and do the job, there is no need to coat the racks in ammonia. In addition, some people have found that setting the racks flat while in plastic bags allows the ammonia to reach every corner.
4. Dishwasher tablet
Put some old towels in your bathtub. You can also lay old sponges along the edges so the oven racks don’t scratch or damage the tub. Put the oven racks in your bathtub carefully, on top of the towels. Fill your tub with just enough hot water to cover the racks. Add two tablets of dishwasher detergent. Let the racks soak overnight. Use a sponge to rinse it in the morning.
5. Bar Keeper’s Friend
In the bathtub, place a few towels and the racks over them. Put half a cup of dish soap over the racks and cover them with hot water. After letting them sit for a few hours, sprinkle BKF over them and scrub them gently with a brush. Finish by rinsing!