It’s not every day that we think to clean our oven racks so when the time does come around and the job needs to get done, you may wonder what the best way to tackle such a task may be.

There are quite a few different methods but, no matter which method is taken, a strong solution is needed to remove all the yucky layers of burnt on gunk. While there are many different ways to clean your oven racks, here are some of the most effective and efficient ways to save money and make them look great. 

Cleaning Your Oven Racks With Ammonia

Cleaning your oven racks with Ammonia

First, pre-heat your oven to one hundred degrees Fahrenheit. Boil a pot of water on the stove, while you are doing this, turn the oven off (after it’s been pre-heated of course). Next, but half a cup of ammonia in a heat-safe bowl. Place the bowl with ammonia on the top rack of the oven and the pot of boiling water on the bottom rack. Leave this in overnight.

In the morning take the ammonia and pot of water out of the oven. Remove the racks and place them in a bath of hot soapy water to scrub them down. An abrasive scrubber would probably work best for this. After scrubbing, wipe them down with a clean cloth and they should be all cleaned up and debris free.

Alternatively, you could place your oven racks in a trash bag with 1/2 quart of ammonia and let it sit for 3-5 hours. After this time has past, remove the racks from the bags and wipe down before returning them to the oven.

Cleaning Your Oven Racks With Vinegar

Make and vinegar and water solution, spray then wipe. It’s as easy as 1,2,3. You can also use your solution to spray down and clean the rest of your oven.

Cleaning Your oven Racks With Baking Soda (and soap)

Cleaning your oven racks with baking soda and soap

Remove the racks from the oven and let them soak in warm soapy water for a few hours to lose all the debris up. Make a paste using baking soda and water. Once the racks have soaked for a while remove them from the water and wipe them down. Cover them with the paste and let them sit for 10-15 minutes. Wipe them down with a clean cloth and voila, you should be left with beautifully clean oven racks.

Here’s a video tutorial on cleaning you oven with baking soda:

Alternatively, after letting the racks soak, you could sprinkle them with baking soda then spray them down with vinegar before wiping them down. Or you could try it flipping the whole process of cleaning your oven racks around: sprinkle with baking soda, spray with vinegar, wait for the sizzling to stop, place them in a bath of warm soapy water, let them soak overnight, wipe them down and see how they look!

Let’s hear from you! 

What methods have you tried? Which method do you like best?

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