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Tuesday, February 7, 2023

You Have to See This: More Oven Cleaning (this time the racks)

I got my oven racks so clean, with so little work. This just amazed me. I put both racks into my farmhouse sink (a bathtub would also work for this task), added about 1/2 to 2/3 cup of Great Value automatic dishwashing powder (so, just the cheap stuff), and filled with very hot tap water to just over the highest protrusion from the racks. I left it there while I went to wipe the sides of the oven's interior. Ten minutes later I checked on the racks and could see this. 

Holy smokes! The baked on grime was dissolving from the racks and leaching into the water, without me touching the racks or water in any way. When I saw this, I had to grab my camera and show you. I couldn't believe that the racks were getting cleaned while sitting in the sink.

I went back to the oven to clean up my mess, then move some laundry from the washer to the dryer. About 25 minutes after last checking on the oven racks in the sink, I found this.

The grime was really coming off the racks. I decided to drain the sink and wipe the chrome bars, using an old sock/rag.

This rag was white when I began wiping, by the way. The grime had softened pretty well at this point, and I was able to wipe a lot of it off.

What I couldn't wipe with a rag, I used the green side of a scrubbing sponge. Quite a lot came off with the scrubber. I had an errand to run, so I plugged up the sink and added another 1/2 to 2/3 cup of dish powder and more hot water just to cover the racks. I came back an hour later and used a stiff brush to get the rest of the grime off.

This is how clean I got the racks with very little actual work. (But don't tell my husband this job was so easy!)

My oven is looking so good. I baked part of dinner in it tonight, and not only could I see clearly through the window, but the racks looked almost new, too. 

I can check oven-cleaning off my spring cleaning list. On to the next job.


  1. Wow, that looks amazing. I heard the trick of putting the racks in a plastic leakproof bag and add amonia, seal the bag and wait several hours or overnight and then the racks should have the grime loosened enough to clean with a rag or sponge. That does work but I will try your method. Spring cleaning time!

    1. Hi Alice,
      I've heard of putting a grill into a large plastic bag with ammonia. I may do that this summer, as our grill is pretty icky. I hadn't heard of doing this with oven racks, but that's good to know.

  2. They look great! I'm not sure that I would want to put them in my tub--we redid our tub/shower many years ago with one of those acrylic over-the-old-tub updates (like Bath Fitter) and I'd be concerned about the powder hurting the finish. I could try it in a garbage bag, like Alice mentioned, though.

    1. Hi Kris,
      Oh yeah, I don't know what surfaces could be damaged by dishwashing detergent. Any large tote/tub type container (like a plastic tote for storing seasonal items) would work, too.

  3. I would be thrilled to find such clean racks without scrubbing all day. It's the little things, isn't it? :)

    1. Hi Live and Learn,
      After all the scrubbing of the oven's interior, I was blown away how easy it was to clean the racks. I thought those would be a lot of work, too.
      And, yes, it is the little things that can make a good day for me.


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