How Do Oven-Cleaning Bags Work? A User Manual

By on 19th December 2018 (updated: 20th September 2023)

Oven Cleaning in A Bag: What You Need To Know

If you’re looking for a complete oven clean, you’ll want to take care of every component. Oven racks are the first part of your oven to build up on grime, drips and carbon since they’re the closest element to your food. If you have a self-cleaning oven you’ll know that using the pyrolytic cycle also involves removing the oven racks as they do not withstand the high temperatures of this method of cleaning. 

Bags to clean oven racks are a relatively new innovation when it comes to oven-cleaning methods and certainly make the process easier. Care must always be taken when you are dealing with dangerous chemicals, so before you begin, make sure you have some long rubber protective gloves. Remember that oven-cleaning bags are not suitable for use on any part of the hob or on the glass oven door or trim, so always follow all the instructions.

Finding the best way to clean your oven racks is important for your regular cleaning and deep cleaning schedule. We have a detailed post if you’re not sure how often you should clean your oven. We’ve got some tips on safety points to think of before you start, the tools you might need and the best bags to clean oven racks with. 

Safety Points When Oven-Cleaning in a Bag

Here are just a few safety tips to think about before you start:

  • Ensure the room is well-ventilated
  • Never use the product in a hot oven
  • Protect surrounding surfaces from drips
  • Do not eat or drink whilst using the product
  • Keep all oven-cleaning products away from children and animals
  • Oven cleaning bags are one use only, do not reuse them

Cleaning Oven Racks and Grills with Bags

To get started, you’ll want to check off the above list to ensure you have a safe environment for oven cleaning with a bag. Then you can follow these simple steps:

  1. When your oven is cold, dust off any debris and drips before removing the oven racks and placing them in the bag
  2. Add around half, to three-quarters of the cleaning solution supplied with the bag and seal it around the racks, removing as much air as possible
  3. Tilt the bag from side to side to ensure all the cleaning fluid has covered the racks
  4. Leave the bag to soak the racks for around two hours and tilt the bag again to ensure the cleaning fluid is covering every element
  5. Leave for a further four hours. These times may vary depending on the specific oven-cleaning bag you use
  6. When finished, open the bag and pull the sides down so that you can remove the racks without reaching inside. Remember to wear your protective gloves for these parts too
  7. Gently rinse the racks with hot soapy water and dry them with a paper towel before placing them back into the oven.

During steps four and five you’ll have a lot of time to get cleaning the rest of your oven, including the inside, hobs, extractor hood and other components. Check out our post for alte

rnative ways how to clean oven racks if you’re unsure about which bags to clean oven racks with. 

Cleaning the Inside of the Oven

Cleaning the inside of your oven can be a long task with lots of elbow grease involved. We’d recommend getting a professional oven cleaner to tackle the grime for you, but if you do want to give it a go yourself, we have a lot of tips on our blog. 

Finding a cleaning system that works for you and your oven can save you elbow grease. If you want to leave your oven sparkling on the inside too, follow our simple steps:

  1. Ensure you’re wearing gloves and that your hands are completely covered before taking the remaining cleaning fluid and pouring it into the centre of the oven
  2. Working from the back of the oven to the front, using a cloth or sponge, carefully apply the fluid to the areas that need to be cleaned
  3. Leave this solution for a minimum of four hours, but preferably overnight
  4. When you return to finish cleaning your oven the next day remove the residue from the inside of the oven, working from front to back
  5. Using hot soapy water, rinse thoroughly. If there are any areas that are still soiled, a further spot application may be needed

Disposing of the Oven-Cleaning Bag

Most cleaning products have a lot of harsh chemicals, so it’s important to dispose of the products and equipment safely. Oven-cleaning bags are no different. Here’s the best way to dispose of your oven cleaning bags:

  • Wearing gloves, partially fill the bag with water and seal it. Tilt the bag so that the fluid collects in one corner and cut off the opposite corner. Tilt the bag towards the cut-off corner and dispose of the contents down the sink
  • Rinse the solution bottle out with water and dispose of it and the bag safely

Cleaning your oven with oven-cleaning bags is an improvement on some methods but still involves a fair amount of work and can be time-consuming. However, the bags are certainly very effective for cleaning oven racks. There are a few limitations since the oven-cleaning products cannot be used on the glass door, the light and certain other areas. You will need to use different methods for these areas. You can learn more in our ultimate guide on how to clean an oven.

To restore your oven to a nearly-new condition with minimum effort, why not opt for a professional deep clean from an experienced Ovenu technician? That way you can avoid all the hard work and end up with a sparkling, new-looking oven! Find out more about our oven cleaning services today or find your local Ovenu expert for a free quote.

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Rik Hellewell is the Founder & Managing Director of Ovenu and a member of the Approved Franchise Association. He established Ovenu in 1993, cleaning 4,000 ovens and proving his concept over five years before starting the franchise business. Since then he has helped over 200 franchisees achieve their dreams of running successful businesses of their own. Established for over 25 years, the Ovenu concept has proven successful across the UK, New Zealand, Australia and the USA.