Detailed Guide On How To Clean Oven Racks Quickly 2023

How To Clean Oven Racks Quickly

While using your kitchen have you ever wondered how to clean oven racks quickly? Have faith on us as this article is only for you.

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The goal is to clean less and spend more time outdoors. My oven rack, I must admit, is the one item I have never, ever washed effectively. Is there someone who knows? Whatever I prepare, and no matter how carefully I place pans beneath boiling pies and roasting veggies, the racks end up coated in oily grime and are now forever dark red. I kept rinsing them with liquid detergent and baking soda, but I gave up hope long ago that they would ever be silver and polished once.

Aside from that, I had more obvious cleaning issues to deal with. Then a friend mentioned fabric softener as a useful cleaning method for oven racks and gas stove grates. I don’t have paper towels on hand because they have a lot of additives, which I want to resist applying to my laundry.  

However, sources reported (when I Researched it afterward) that fabric softener sheets are great for removing persistent oven build – up I had half a package left over from a previous tenant that I didn’t want to throw out. Is it possible that fabric softener sheets have an accidental but valuable purpose?

How to clean oven racks with fabric softener sheets?

There are several reasons why cookies lose their shapes and spread too much. Some of them are mentioned below:

  • Fill the kitchen sink with hot water and place the oven racks in it. All I read said to do it in the bathtub, lined with towels to avoid scratching, but we don’t have one, so I used the sink instead. I’d recommend doing this in the tub if you have one—the sink was too little.
  • I immersed a couple of dryer sheets (I used four for both oven rack), put in a few teaspoons of dish soap to try and break up the food fat, and shaken the water a little to blend it all in until the racks were filled. The dryer sheets made the water frothy, and I could see some corrosion burnt-on food falling off the metal, which was a positive indication.
  • Then I stepped away and just let the racks absorb as I washed the remainder of the house, had breakfast, responded to messages, and read a book on the sofa. (If you’re doing this at home, couch-lounging isn’t required; the mixture may even be left for 24 hours.).  You can also place your racks in a big plastic garbage bag with cleaner, dryer sheets, with enough hot water to make them, tie it up, and keep it in the yard, turning it over halfway through the day. It fits well. However, if placed in the light, the water will become extremely hot.
  • After several hours and an egg sandwich later, I returned to the house, emptied the sink, and wiped down the racks with wet dryer sheets, one rung at a time—the built-up dirt wiped off quickly with no elbow spray needed. It was as if I were watching one of those advertisements: The steel racks were spotless and silver, just as they should have been. (I also worked on one side of the racks at a time to see the variation.) I used dish soap to clean the racks and the interior of the sink, then rinsed them to remove any dryer-sheet chemicals. It’s easy.
  • According to what I’ve read, this method also can be used to remove matted food residue from cookware. I was so pleased by the outcome of my oven rack project that I took out a few especially messy foil pans and dishes, stuffed them with dryer sheets, loaded them with hot water, applied a little dish soap, and set them aside for several hours. But with one: a ceramic baking dish that has been used to roast sweet potatoes so many times that it is now completely orange. It’s possible that there’s no way to get rid of the moist sweet potato stain (or maybe you need to let it sit in the soap for longer time).
  • If you have a few unused dryer sheets on hand, this is a great way to put them to productive use rather than tossing them away. It’s also a trick that requires no effort: The dryer sheets take care of everything when you sleep (or go out to eat, or listen, or catch up on Netflix).  

Also Read : How To Clean Oven Racks with Foil

The Method for Cleaning Oven Racks


Soaking is the first step in our system for cleaning oven racks. Giving your oven racks a hot water bath is perhaps the most effective way to clean it. You only need a hot tub, some outdated sheets, and dishwasher soap to get started. To absorb and wipe your oven shelves, follow these instructions:

  1. To avoid scratching, place an old towel or two on the tub’s rim.
  2. Fill the tub halfway with hot water. You just need enough hot water to fully sink the oven shelves. Combine half cup dishwasher soap with the bath. It really doesn’t depend whether you add dried or liquid ingredients; just use what you have on hand.
  3. Replace the oven racks and place them in the bath.
  4. You should also add dryer sheets (yes, dryer sheets!) to the mixture. Dryer sheets’ antistatic properties aid in softening the ties that bind bits of food to a rack.
  5. All you’d have to do is watch! Allow to rest for several hours. It’s better to do something like this later that evening and clean the filthy oven racks overnight. After soaking, the racks should be able to wipe clean if you let them soak for at least six hours.
  6. Once they’ve soaked for a while, rinse them out and wipe them off with an old towel. Using a stainless steel scouring paper was particularly useful if there was a lot of dried on gunk and grease build-up. After soaking for too long, you don’t have to clean too much, but if the oven racks are really filthy, a stainless steel scouring pad will help out all the grime. Before putting the racks back in the oven, make sure they’re completely dry.

Commercial Oven Cleaner:

Another choice is to use an oven cleaner to disinfect your oven shelves. Many store-bought oven cleaning items contain harsh chemicals that have a heavy, irritating odour. These materials are not only unpleasant to smell, but they can also be detrimental to your health. You don’t want a heavy odour to persist when cleaning a room that cook’s food, such as the interior of your oven. Nevertheless, there are a few great natural oven cleaners available, such as Method’s Heavy Duty Degreaser, which can scrub not just to the oven racks but also the inside of your oven and burner top. The Easy Off Fume Free cleaner is another effective fume-free cleaner. It is also very safe and emits no unpleasant fumes.

Ammonia Trash Bags: This is just another technique that can be efficient, though it can be risky if not done correctly. Fill a big garbage bag with your filthy oven shelves (check that there are no holes). Take half a quarter of ammonia, then close the bag securely (to prevent gases from escaping) and leave it to rest overnight.

The ammonia gases will spread in your shelves, cleaning them. Wear protection goggles and gloves the next morning, then find a good ventilated place to open the garbage bags and wipe down the racks with water. The residue will quickly wash away.

How to Clean Oven Racks Effectively (Extra Suggestions)

Covering the oven racks with aluminum foil is a simple way to prevent accidents in the very first place. Any juices from casseroles or sandwiches will spill onto the foil, making it easy to clean and cover if desired.

The frequency at which you would clean your oven will depend on how much you use it and what you cook. If you’re using it just few times each month, a thorough cleaning once or twice a year should suffice. You may be faced with messes more often if you often use your oven and cook foods that can get sticky, such as frozen pizzas or bubbling casseroles.

If your oven begins to smoke due to oil deposition or burnt residue, you can clean it as soon as possible. I hope you found this guide to cleaning oven racks useful. You should have a sparkling oven in no time with these basic methods and DIY cleaners. Good luck with your baking!


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