Here on Canada’s east coast, we have just endured a winter of epic proportions. I think I can safely say, I hope I am not jinxing myself, that spring is finally poking its head out from beneath a blanket of snow. Even though the snow is still evident, the temperatures are gradually rising and we have finally been able to open the windows for a breath of fresh air.
The first thing on my spring cleaning list is our oven. It is a disaster! Sounds easy enough, right? Remove the racks, set the self clean button and come back in a few hours to wipe up the fine ashes. I admit, that part is fairly easy. My problem? How to Safely and Easily Clean Those Grimy Oven Racks.
Please don’t judge me, I know these are disgusting. They haven’t been cleaned since before Christmas.
I feel like I usually scrub and scour those racks for hours and they still aren’t as clean as I would like. This time, I was determined to find an easier way to clean them. So, I hit the internet and after searching many places, I came up with a cleaning recipe and the result was beyond superb.
I don’t think these racks have been so sparkly since the day the stove was installed.
I have put the cleaning method in a “recipe” format in case you would like to print it for future reference. Another thing I really like about this cleaning method, the result was outstanding without the use of any harsh chemicals.
- Four large towels (I used older beach towels) - two for the tub, one to put the rinsed racks on and one to dry the racks.
- ¾ cup dishwasher detergent (powdered or liquid)
- Very hot water
- Sponge or old dish cloth
- Old toothbrush
- Non-abrasive scrub pad
- Plug the tub and line the bottom of your bathtub with two of the old towels. This is very important to prevent the oven racks from scratching your bathtub.
- Place your oven racks on the towel. I cleaned three racks at a time.
- Pour in the dishwasher detergent and add just enough very hot water to cover the oven racks.
- Let soak for at least 8 hours, but preferably overnight.
- After soaking, the baked on dirt and grease on the racks should be soft and easy to wipe off with an old dishcloth.
- Use a non-abrasive scrub pad or toothbrush and a little dish soap on any tough spots.
- Rinse with water and place on a dry towel.
- Completely dry entire rack.
How do you usually clean your oven racks?
Have you ever tried this or a similar method?