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How to Clean Oven Racks – A Complete Guide

The tidiest work in the kitchen is to scrub the kitchen appliances. As with the oven racks, it is necessary to periodically clean the stuck food from them. The use of a microwave oven is quite frequent in our life because of easy to use, and handle. The oven racks get dirty quickly while using many times a day. A bunch of greases, baked-on, filth, and sauce gunk covered the oven racks.

At the use these oven racks for the next time, these stuck greases stick with food and change the taste of food. Even a stinky smell starts coming from the bottom of the oven. In this situation, there will be only one mystery everywhere that is how to clean oven racks.

If you have tried every way to clean the oven racks and get stuck on the bar of racks where you could not able to remove the grease from it. The grease on the oven racks not only intact the food taste as well the rust on the bars starts heading up. So how to clean oven racks within in short time and as well quick and easy way.

Oven racks are made of stainless steel, but still, some of the racks are a mixture of steel with other materials. If your oven racks are not pure stainless steel then they require cleaning even after every use. Because the layer of rust will start covering the oven rack over time and as well ruin the brightness of racks.

How to Clean Oven Racks:

There are different types of acid and powder are available in the market that claims to clean within the blink of an eye. But they never mention their side effects. We suggest you never use these shortcut methods. It will damage the oven racks.

We have tried different methods at home to clean the oven racks. After trying numerous continuous methods and ways finally, we can organize some of the most useful methods for you. Even we have verified these short methods with our research team. They provide a very good report and recommend us to use it more often to keep the oven racks new.

Let us discuss some of the easiest methods to do oven racks clean. Before starting the methods, we should first list down all the required things for cleaning.

Things required to clean oven racks:

we suggest you prepare a backed or toolkit for cleaning kitchen appliances. It will be easy to carry and move around the kitchen and open ground. All you need to do is to put the numbers of some easily available things in the toolkit basket.

  1. Nylon soft sponge
  2. Lemon juice 3 tablespoons
  3. clean towel
  4. Baking powder
  5. 2 drops of essential oil

Things required to clean oven racks

Step by step how to clean oven racks:

By following some of the given below steps you can clean the oven racks. Even there is a lump of grease and grime on the racks, with some steps it will swap out it completely.

  1. Prepare the oven racks
  2. Prepare the lemon juice solution
  3. Let the rack soak in the solution
  4. Resin with plain water
  5. Dry with a clean towel
  6. Apply vegetable essential oil

Let us discuss each step in detail.

Step-1: Prepare the oven racks

Pull out the racks from the oven and check it carefully and estimate the time. If there are some layers of grease on it then definitionally it will take a day to clean it. But do not worry we will try to reduce the time as much as we can.

It is the first step in the process of how to clean oven racks. Habitually, people ignore this step and move to the next step.

Let me share my personal experience with this step.

You must have heard the haste makes wastes. When I started to clean the oven racks, I just want to scrub them with full power without noticing how many layers of grease are there on the racks. As the result, I get tired without removing even a single layer of grease. Finally, I found this step and start checking the grease layers in the prior step. Then it will start helping me to clean it properly without getting tired and losing all power.

Step-2: Prepare the lemon juice solution

Take a big enough gallon that can hold the oven racks completely. Fill the gallon with plain water and add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.

Mix it well. Drop the oven racks in the solution of lemon for 1 to 2 hours.

The quantity of the water and lemon juice depends on the layers of gunk on the oven racks. So, you can freely choose the quantity of lemon juice. I used to clean the oven rack once a week so there are no many layers of grease. I would choose to add only 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to a gallon of water.

Step-3: Let the rack soak in the solution 

How long you have to drop the oven racks in the solution of lemon totally depends on the situation of the racks. Sometimes the racks are required to be put in the solution for 5 to 6 hours.

After passing 1 to 2 hours, check the oven racks, if there are still layers of gunk then you need to prepare some hard cleaning solution. Put 3 tablespoons of baking powder in the room temperature of hot water. And drop the oven racks in it.

Let the oven racks in the baking powder solution for at least three hours.

Here is a suggestion for you, if you are a job, then before going to the office or at your workplace, make a baking soda solution and drop the oven racks in it. When you back from the office, it will definitely be past 8 to 9 hours. That’s easy to pass the time. This way you can clean it very easily.

You might be thinking, like me before, we can let the oven racks soak in the solution overnight and clean in the morning. It can be workable for only house workers. While the office worker does not have enough time in the early morning to do some house chores.

How to clean oven racks


Step-4: Resin with plain water

Pull out the racks from the gallon and take a sponge and drop the drop of dishwashing liquid on it. Clean it with this sponge from there still little leftover of the stain of grease and grime.

Wash it with plain water until all the dishwashing liquid would be clean.

Step-5: Dry with a clean towel

It is 2nd last step of how to clean oven racks and is easy to do. This step will give you a sense of cleaning achievement.

Take a dry towel and dry the oven racks with it.

Step-6: Apply vegetable essential oil

It is an additional or not mandatory step. it is totally up to you if you want to do it. Actually, oven racks are made of stainless steel, that required to save it from rust. If you apply the vegetable essential oil after each cleaning in result it will work with you longer.

In short, if you want to increase the life of oven racks then you should go with step. Take 2 drops of essential oil in a paper towel and apply them on every corner of the racks. That’s it.  You can choose any of the easily available vegetable essential oil.

Cleaning the oven racks is easy with some of the tips and tricks. If you make a habit to do some daily handy cleaning then there would never be any stain of grease. Let me share some of my daily cleaning tips for oven racks.

Oven racks daily clean tips:

As the smell changes the taste of food, in the same way, cleaning increases the good fragrance of food. Our team usually suggests doing some handy cleaning to increase the life of appliances as well as make the food fragrance intact.

  1. Make a clean towel for cleaning. After every use of the oven, wipe the racks with this towel.
  2. Take a spray bottle and fill it with fresh water and add two tablespoons of lemon juice. Spray this solution once a week on the oven rack. Then wipe it with clean water. It will take only five to six minutes.
  3. Prepare a nylon sponge for hard stain. Do a little spray on the hard stain grimes and scrub with a nylon sponge.
  4. Do not use a knife or any sharp device to scrub the oven racks. If it is difficult to remove grease then put them in a baking soda solution for half-hour.
  5. Make a habit to apply essential oil before packing the oven rack.

Keep all these things in a kitchen appliances cleaning toolkit.