Oven Racks Cleaning: How To Clean Oven Racks

By: Mrs. Mathis

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Many people wonder how to clean oven racks. Is it better to use a strong oven rack cleaner, or can you do just as good a job without it? When cleaning oven racks, do you have to remove them from the oven, or can you clean them just as well in place? Is there some secret easy way to clean oven racks? Finally, why is oven racks cleaning such a big deal, anyway?

Let’s take these questions in random order.

Why Is Oven Racks Cleaning a Big Deal?

Actually, its not. You can neglect cleaning your racks for years and nothing seriously bad will happen. However, you obviously feel that you need to do something or you wouldn’t be reading this article.

When Cleaning Oven Racks, Do You Have To Take Them Out of the Oven?

Not necessarily, but I think it is much easier to work with the rack outdoors where you can spray them down than inside a cramped oven. Also, you must remove the racks before using the self-cleaning setting of any oven, as the high temperatures can damage the metal.

Is there some secret easy way to clean oven racks?

Secret? No. Easy? Hopefully, but you will have to be the judge.

Do You Have To Use a Strong Oven Rack Cleaner?

That depends. It your racks are covered with baked-on gunk and stains, a specially formulated oven rack cleaner might be a good idea. If that level of chemicals makes you nervous, you can also make your own oven rack cleaner by combining baking soda with a little water to make a stiff paste.

Now, the big answer:

How To Clean Oven Racks

Begin your oven racks cleaning session by removing the racks from the oven. Then soak them in hot, soapy water until the baked-on gunk comes loose. Since this could take a while, plan on doing this on a day when you are not going to be using your oven. If you don’t have anything large enough in your home to completely submerge the racks, turn them from time to time to allow all parts to soak.

When you are finished cleaning oven racks, take them outside and spray them off with a garden hose. If there is any residue left, you can rub them with the baking soda paste mentioned above or spray them with a commercial oven cleaner. In either case, place them in a sealed garbage bag overnight and rinse the next day.

See? Cleaning oven racks is not that hard, it just takes some time and patience.

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