There are a lot of oven cleaning solutions all over the internet, but no one explains how to tackle down grease and grime from those messy oven racks. Every homeowner knows that one of the most irritating and dreadful chores are cleaning the oven, especially the oven racks.

As a matter of fact there are a lot of self-cleaning ovens, but I don’t trust them because, over time, it may damage the internal elements of the appliance including the racks. In order to extend the life of your oven racks it’s recommended to remove the racks before using the self-cleaning feature of your oven, meaning that you need to remove the racks and give them an old-fashioned cleaning.

Steps to clean the oven racks:

1. Dryer Sheets and Liquid Dish Soap

An effortless way to clean your oven racks is to line your bathtub with dryer sheets. Lay the oven racks on top of the sheets, fill the tub with just enough warm water to cover the racks and add a half-cup of dish soap.
Let them sit overnight and drain the tub in the morning. Now use the dryer sheets to remove the grime from the oven racks.

Don’t forget to cleanup the bathtub after you take care of the oven racks.

2. Baking Soda and Vinegar Bath

This method also involves the use of the bathtub. Set the racks in the tub without any water. Once they are in place, sprinkle baking soda over the racks and then douse them with vinegar. After the foaming stops, run the hot water in the tub until it fully covers the racks and allow them to sit overnight. Scrub the racks with an old dishtowel in the morning to remove the grease and grime. Use an old toothbrush or a brush with firm bristles to help remove any baked-on gunk that remains.

3. Ammonia Trash Bags

This is the perfect oven racks cleaning method, but also most dangerous. You will need a large plastic trash bag, ammonia, a trash bin, a place outside where you can leave the racks overnight and a hose connected to a water source. To remove the grime from your oven racks with this technique, you simply place your oven racks in the large, unused trash bag. Add a half-quart of ammonia. Tightly tie off the bag and put it in a garbage can. Then let them sit overnight. The racks do not have to be coated in the ammonia, because the fumes will circulate and do the job. That being said, some people have found better success after they set the racks flat while they are in the plastic bags so that the ammonia can reach every spot.

4. Dish Soap Bath

This simple method has you place old towels down in your bathtub. Alternately, you can lay a few old sponges in the corners for the oven racks to rest on so that they will not scratch or damage your tub. Place the oven racks in your bathtub carefully, on top of the towel or sponges. Next, fill your tub with just enough hot water to cover the racks. Then add a cup of dishwasher powder. Let the racks soak overnight. Rinse them in the morning and wipe off with a rug or sponge.

5. Bar Keeper’s Friend

Put some towels in the bathtub and place the racks over them. Cover them with hot water and put half a cup of dish soap over the racks. Let them sit for several hours then sprinkle BKF over the racks and start scrubbing them with a brush. Rinse at the end!