Monday, July 21, 2014

How to Clean Oven Racks (in the bathtub!)

There is nothing glamorous or pretty about this post, but who doesn't love a sparking clean oven?! I cook a lot, and my oven was starting to look gross. I used the self cleaning option on the oven one afternoon, did a wipe down of the inside, and that problem had been solved. The oven racks also had a dirty build up on them. I searched online for the best way to clean the oven racks, and I found several different options. The one that seemed the easiest used dish soap, dryer sheets, and the bathtub!


I used our large master bath for this project, as I had three racks to clean. I first lined the tub with old towels so I wouldn't scratch the surface. You can see here how badly this needed done!


I filled the tub with hot water until the racks were covered and added 1/2 cup of dish soap and 6 dryer sheets right to the water.


You let this sit overnight, or for several hours during the day (I threw these in around 9am, and cleaned them around 5pm). When you pull out the racks, they will still look dirty. No worries! The gunk has been loosened so much that is literally comes off as soon as you touch it.

I grabbed the dryer sheets that had been soaking for hours and started wiping down the racks. This takes no time at all because it wipes right off. Here you can see the before and after.


After all the gunk had been wiped off, I rinsed the racks under hot water and dried them thoroughly. It was amazing to me how gross those things were!!


I cleaned my bathtub right away, and there were no scratches and no issues with staining, etc.

I tried to take an after shot of my oven, but I couldn't get a good shot without a glare and reflection from the light inside! Take my word for it, my oven looks like new again!

Check out some of my other cleaning related posts!


11 comments:

  1. Thanks for the tutorial. It really works!!! I tried it today and I'm so amazed. Who would have thought this concoction would work, but it does. Super cool!

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    1. Seriously weird method, but it DOES work! Thanks for checking back in!

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  2. This really works great. The oven racks came so clean they look like new. Thanks for sharing this awesome cleaning method. I can't wait to share with family and friends.

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  3. I tried this last week on my racks. The racks were not that bad, mostly soft grease but thought I would give this a try. Did exactly as tutorial said. I was very disappointed, not much came off and ended up having to scrub with steel wool pad a great deal. Then had to deal with scrubbing the tub as well. Will not do this again.

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    1. Sorry it didn't work for you. As you can see from my photos in the post, it worked great for me!

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  4. Dryer sheets? As in tumble dryer sheets?

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    1. Yes, dryer sheets you would put in with your laundry in your dryer!

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  5. Thanks so much for sharing I'm going to give this a try for sure. Pinned and sending to everyone I know.

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  6. But what method do you use to clean an extra dirty oven...? Mine is about 4 ft up and can
    t remove the door to get into it very well or reach the back and corners. Any suggestion!!

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  7. Do you think this would work with liquid fabric softener too?

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