Have you ever considered how much grime and grease is collecting on your oven racks over time, as you cook everything from pizzas to casseroles, roast dinners, and cakes in the same dirty oven?
For those reading this and saying that you don’t have time for a full oven clean, or that you bring in a professional to do a deep oven clean a couple of times a year, cleaning your oven racks is a different concept altogether – with regular maintenance proving highly beneficial in ensuring your oven space is hygienic and effective.
Of course, it is not that simple. There are in fact a whole host of different ways that you can clean your oven racks – with the best choice for you depending on the space you have available in your kitchen, the amount of time you want to spend cleaning or waiting for your oven racks to be clean, and the cleaning tools you have available.
Here are some of our favourite methods on how to clean oven racks
1. Cleaning in the bath
The first step to take here is to protect your bathtub by placing towels under each of the corners of your oven racks; buffering them and preventing them from scratching the surface. From there, fill the bath with hot water and half a cup of dishwashing detergent.
Other alternative oven cleaning solutions can be made using:
· ¾ cup of laundry detergent
· Baking soda and vinegar
Cover the racks with your cleaning solution and leave the racks to soak overnight, and in the morning using an old towel to scrub away the grease and grime which should have been loosened and lifted away from the racks by the cleaning solution. Rinse the racks and dry them thoroughly before returning them to the oven.
2. Cleaning in an oven-cleaning bag
These were designed specially to create a mess-free oven rack cleaning solution – and they work well! Read the instructions that come with your chosen oven-cleaning bags and leave the oven racks to rest in the bag overnight for optimum cleaning. It would be best if you tilted the bag regularly or every few hours to ensure that the entire rack is evenly coated in the cleaning solution, for the best possible effect.
The next morning, rinse the racks in hot, soapy water and leave them to dry.
3. Cleaning in a bin bag
Place your oven racks in a bin bag and add half a cup of ammonia to the bag. Seal the bag with as little air in there as possible, place the bags outside and leave them overnight. Open the bags outside the next morning for thorough ventilation, then rinse the racks with warm water and allow them to dry.
4. Cleaning using commercial equipment
In terms of an effective clean, commercial cleaning equipment is likely to be up there as one of the easiest solutions at your disposal – however, it will likely cost a little more. Commercial cleaning equipment tends to come in user-friendly containers, and in the case of the oven, the cleaner is often found in spray bottles which optimise usability for controlled and safe use.
For extra precautions, do your oven rack clean outside on a dry day, with a sheet laid out underneath the racks to catch any excess cleaning product. Once the solution has been allowed to settle into the rack, scrub at the surface and then rinse thoroughly.
5. Cleaning with professional help
And then we have the simplest solution of all – call in the experts. Oven rack cleaning may be a fairly simple process, but for those without the time or space, we recommend giving your local professional cleaning company a call to get a quote on an oven rack and a full oven deep clean.