Cleaning Stubborn Oven Racks

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated April 20, 2015)

Have you ever noticed just how difficult it can be to get an oven rack clean? For some reason, these are some of the most stubborn parts of an oven to clean. Cleaning stubborn oven racks is entirely possible though, if you are willing to think a little outside of the box. Here are few methods that you can use to ensure that you have your stubborn oven racks sparkling clean. Keep in mind that even though these methods will help you get the oven racks clean, you may still need to put a little bit of elbow grease into you work. After all, easy can be a relative term.

  • Oven cleaner. Perhaps one of the most traditional methods for cleaning stubborn oven racks is to simply use some oven cleaner. Spray it generously onto all surfaces in the oven (which includes the racks) and then follow the directions as listed on the cleaner. This will help you deal with most general kinds of stains that you can find on an oven rack. Be sure to wash the racks as normal when you are finished to ensure that there is no residue on the racks.
  • Use ammonia. Ammonia can help you get just about anything clean, and a stubborn oven rack is no different. There are two ways that you can use ammonia to clean your oven racks. The first is to pour some ammonia into a tub that is large enough to hold your oven racks, and let them soak there for a few hours. This should allow most of the baked on grease and food to simply slide off. However, for particularly stubborn oven racks pour about two cups of ammonia into a couple of large plastic bags. Place the oven racks into the bags, and then tie them off. Lay them out in your garage for 24 hours, and then clean them as you normally would. This should help you to remove everything that was baked or stuck onto the oven racks.
  • Use vinegar. Get a large and shallow plastic tub, and fill it with some very hot water, and some dishwasher detergent to a depth of about two or three inches. Allow the racks to soak in this solution until the water becomes completely cold. When it does add a generous amount of white vinegar to the tub (a whole bottle should do it), and allow everything to soak over night. The next morning, remove the racks and rinse them off in clear water. Wash as you normally would with some steel wool pads, and keep going until everything is clean.

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