Cleaning Oven Racks

by Debra Wyatt
(last updated September 30, 2013)

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Cleaning oven racks can be difficult and the fumes from the oven cleaners can even make it hard to breathe. There are some very easy methods in cleaning those dirty oven racks without all the mess.

There are some real benefits of having clean oven racks. Besides the obvious benefit of simply having something you use for cooking be clean, there is the benefit of reducing the risk of a fire in the oven from baked-on spilled grease. Clean oven racks helps to eliminate the smell from other foods that have been baked onto the racks.

Here are a few cleaning methods you can try with your oven racks:

  • Self-Cleaning Method: The easiest method is the one that comes with self-cleaning ovens. With the self-clean method all you have to do is leave the racks in the oven when using the self- cleaning oven. When the oven is clean so are the racks. This method, while easy, will leave the racks rough, and they will loose their shine over time.
  • Spray Cleaner Method: This method is one of the less messy methods. The method that I grew up with is to take the racks outside and place them on newspaper you lay on the ground. Spray the racks with oven cleaner, making sure that the racks are well covered with the cleaner. Spraying the cleaner on the oven racks outdoors allows for more ventilation, which eliminates breathing most of those awful fumes. Allow the racks to soak with the oven cleaner on them for several hours (depending on how dirty the racks really are). If there are some stubborn stains left on the racks, just scrub a little and the stains should come off. After using the garden hose to rinse the oven cleaner off the racks, take a clean old towel and dry them off.
  • Bathtub Method: This method is best when it is just too cold outside and the garden hose has been turned off for the winter. Take all the racks out of the oven and place them into a bathtub on top of an old bath towel. The bath towel helps to prevent the racks from scratching the bathtub. Turn on the hot water (as hot as you can) and add about one cup of dishwashing soap and about 1/2 cup of vinegar to the running water. (If the racks aren't too dirty use less dishwashing soap.) Let the hot water run till it just covers the racks. Let the racks soak for at least two hours and preferably overnight. After soaking the racks there may be some light scrubbing still needed to get the racks completely clean. After getting the racks clean rinse them with clean warm water and then dry them completely.

Author Bio

Debra Wyatt

Deb has a communications degree and applies her talents to her position as Marketing Specialist at Sharon Parq Associates. In her spare time she spends time with her children and grandchildren and devotes time to her church. ...

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2013-11-15 15:41:37

ihatehousework

I heard that ammonia works just as well; but putting them in a garbage bag and spraying them with oven cleaner sounds better! I cannot abide the smell of ammonia. Oven-cleaner spray comes in a type that smells fine. I know; I've used it.


2013-09-30 12:14:53

Violet

I have truly the easiest oven rack solution. Put them in a garbage bag, take outside and spray the racks inside the bag with oven cleaner. Twist the bag shut and lay flat on the deck or lawn. Leave to do its work while your oven is cleaning. If it happens to be raining even better as it beats the grime off the racks. Dump out, spray with hose, throw bag and mess in the trash. Dry racks and pop back in your oven. No mess no hassle. I've been doing it this way for years.


2013-09-30 11:51:08

Ellen

I have found Dawn Grill Cleaner (also sold as Dawn Power Dissolver) to be tne most effective degreaser/cleaner around!
I had grease spots on my gas range's burner grates and burner caps. Nothing worked to remove the spots. I sprayed the grates with Dawn Grill Cleaner, let them set for 10 minutes and then used a scrubby to clean them - they came out PERFECT. I'm sure it will work as well on oven racks. I'm so pleased to find such a great product. Available at Home Depot.


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