How To Clean Oven Racks [Guide]

By on 10th January 2019 (updated: 20th August 2020) in Cleaning Tips

Clean oven racks

When you regularly use your oven for grilling, roasting and baking, your oven racks are usually the first thing to get covered in grease and grime. Although a professional oven clean can really make your oven racks look brand new in no time, it might be worth occasionally doing some DIY maintenance in between visits from Ovenu.

As cleaning oven racks yourself can be a bit of a chore, we recommend you factor in at least 10 hours to finish this task, which includes the essential soaking time.

With decades of collective experience in oven cleaning, it wasn’t hard for us to put together a comprehensive list of methods for cleaning oven racks. Although varying in effort and results, the following methods are worth trying for removing stubborn grease and burnt-on foods.

How to Clean Oven Racks with an Oven-Cleaning Bag

  1. Put on household gloves to protect yourself from the harsh chemical solutions.
  2. Place a maximum of two racks in the oven bag to soak overnight.
  3. Tilt the bag after two hours, so that the racks become recoated in cleaning fluids.
  4. The next day, wear household gloves again as you remove the racks from the bag and rinse them in hot soapy water.

Oven-cleaning bags are specifically designed for cleaning oven racks and grills. Read our comprehensive user manual for oven-cleaning bags.

How to Clean Oven Racks with Oven Cleaning Products

  1. Lay the racks on an old cloth or rag in an outside area, spray them with the cleaning product and leave them to soak overnight.
  2. The next day, rinse them with water.
  3. Rub off any stubborn bits as well as you can.
  4. Wipe the racks dry using a microfiber cloth.

Warning: the efficacy of this method depends on the product. Ovenu has reviewed six eco-friendly oven-cleaning products to help you make an informed choice.

How Clean Oven Racks with a Dishwasher Powder Bath

  1. Protect your bathtub from scratching by placing towels or sponges underneath the corners of the racks.
  2. Fill the bath with just enough water to cover all of them.
  3. Crumble a dishwasher tablet into the water and leave the racks to soak overnight.
  4. The next day, rub off mild stains using a sponge and warm water.

Bathing oven racks in a hot bath with dishwasher powder might be the appropriate solution when they are only mildly soiled.

How to Clean Oven Racks with a Baking Soda and Vinegar

  1. Sprinkle baking soda on to the oven racks.
  2. Then drench them in vinegar in a large sink or in the bathtub (protecting your bathtub with towels).
  3. The chemical reaction between these two cupboard essentials will result in an eruption of bubbles and foam – once the reaction is over, the racks can be submerged in hot water and left overnight.
  4. The next day, scrubbing the racks clean will be easily done with a dishcloth or toothbrush.

Learn how to clean your oven with common products from your cupboards.

How Clean Oven Racks with a Rubbish Bags and Ammonia

  1. Wear household gloves to protect your hands.
  2. Put your oven racks in a rubbish bag and pour half a cup of ammonia over each.
  3. Tie the bag tightly, removing as much air as you can, and turn it several times to cover all the surfaces.
  4. Leave the bag outside for three hours.
  5. Wearing your household gloves for safety, remove the racks and wash them thoroughly with washing-up liquid.

Warning: You’ll need to perform this process outside or in a very well-ventilated room. Ovenu is not responsible for any damage caused by harsh chemicals. If your oven racks are very heavily soiled, the safest option is to arrange a visit from a professional oven cleaning company.

How to Clean Oven Racks with Self-Cleaning Oven Features

  1. Clean any loose debris or food from the oven.
  2. Open windows and close doors to rooms with soft furnishings.
  3. Set the oven to its self-cleaning cycle and leave for 2-4 hours, depending on your appliance.
  4. Once the cycle is complete, allow time for the oven to cool.
  5. Sweep out ash and any loose debris, then wipe down oven racks.

Although a self-cleaning oven doesn’t remove the need for a regular deep clean, it is very useful for increasing the lifespan of your oven by facilitating regular surface cleans. If you are looking to clean your oven racks, simply keep them in the oven when you turn on the self-cleaning feature.

If you want to ensure your oven racks maintain their shine, call on Ovenu to give your domestic oven a professional deep clean. Our experienced technicians know every bit of your oven inside and out, and use top-quality oven-cleaning products that are kind to your lungs and the environment!

Oven cleaning doesn’t have to be hard. Call 0800 140 9800 to receive a free quote today!

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.