Expert-approved method to clean ‘greasy’ oven racks with little effort

A cleaning expert has dished the dirt on how best to clean those filthy oven racks using as little effort as possible – and if you follow his tips correctly you’ll only need to do it twice a year

Cleaning grotty oven racks is nobody’s favorite chore (if there is such a thing). In fact, a survey found that many households will go a year and a half before attempting to clean it.

Over time, a layer of grime and grease will build up that is not only unsightly and annoying to clean, but time-consuming.

Thankfully, Jeremy Tompson, the Strategic Cleaning Advisor at Youthful Home, has shared the “easiest way” to get rid of the dirt with little to no effort.

He said: “Cleaning oven racks will either involve a lot of elbow grease or soaking followed by rinsing.

“Either way, you’re going to make a mess if you try to do this in the kitchen sink.

There’s no need to scrub


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“You could go outdoors, but the easiest way to clean oven racks is in your tub,” he revealed.

Jeremy recommended leaving the oven racks soaking overnight in the bathtub.

He said: “Put cleaning agents on the rack or in water that covers the rack.

“Overnight soaking will leave grease and gunk easy to remove with a sponge or cloth.”

Jeremy recommends using either baking soda or washing up liquid to clean oven racks.

If you’re using baking soda, the expert said you can either use it by itself or apply the baking soda and then spray it with vinegar.

To clean oven racks with baking soda and white vinegar in the bathtub, Jeremy recommends “putting a towel down first to prevent scratching the tub.”

He continued: “Put the oven racks on top of it, then sprinkle them with baking soda.

“Pour on white vinegar, and watch the combo foam.

“When the foaming stops, add hot water to the tub until the racks are fully covered and leave them to soak overnight.

“In the morning you can use a soft cloth or sponge to wipe off any grease and grot.”

If you’re using dish soap to clean your oven racks instead of baking soda, then pop them in the bath with lukewarm and some of your detergent.

Then, using a non-abrasive scouring pad, prize off any grease and debris.

Once they’re dry, put the racks back.

If you find that they aren’t sliding as easily as they should, put a little cooking oil on wax paper and rub the side rails – they’ll move smoothly again.

“These methods are not only easy, they will leave your oven racks clean and shiny,” Jeremy says.

“You’ll keep them that way if you clean the racks and your oven twice a year.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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