Appliances, Cleaning

The Easy Way to Clean Oven Racks

Once upon a Sunday, I cooked up a turkey for a Thanksgiving Part Two. This turkey was tented tightly to keep the bird nice and juicy, which it was. However, despite my best attempts to seal in all of the juices, that bird leaked all over the bottom of my oven. Smoke  slowly leaked for hours into the kitchen and dining room. After opening a few doors and windows to prevent the fire alarm from going off I knew I’d have to clean my oven. But cleaning the oven shouldn’t be too bad with my super grease cutting homemade cleaner. As for the oven racks? They usually get neglected, but after seeing this tip float around for a while, I had to try it.


How to Clean Oven Racks

Blech, you can just see and almost feel the sticky, burnt mess on there. All you need to loosen and remove that greasy gunk is some fabric softener sheets. Like these ones that cost me about $1.50 with tax.


Then you follow these simple steps to clean the oven racks. (For the record, I will be showing photos of both racks and one will be cleaner than the other.)

  1. Put your dirty oven racks in the tub, unless you have a large enough sink to accommodate them.

    Clean Oven Racks
    Oven rack #1, holder of the turkey. Also seen in the “pin friendly” image above.
  2. Fill tub with hot water.
  3. Place a couple, 5, or 8 sheets into the water. I used five because it’s an easy adding number.
  4. Let it soak for a few hours and curse at electronics work on other projects while you wait. (I don’t curse, I mutter and glare.)

    Easy Oven Rack Cleaner
    This rack is not the same one as pictured above, we’ll name it oven rack #2. This one just happen to have an identifiable and comparable grease spot.
  5. Rub and scrub the greasy mess away.

After the initial soak the grease “peeled” off when I rubbed it with the fabric softener sheets instantly revealing the shiny steel beneath. I did soak them in hot soapy water after to help remove some of the more stubborn grease followed by a good scrubbing with a green scouring pad. The additional soak is completely up to you, or you could just add the soap to the initial soak. I do recommend the soap if your oven racks are exceptionally greasy.

Clean Oven Rack
Oven rack #1, to give you hope of what your oven racks could look like.

I must say I was quite impressed at how well this worked. I never thought that grease would just peel and melt away from getting friendly with fabric softener sheets. Typically I soak them in soapy water and scrub for hours to get the racks to look this good. I spent about five minutes rubbing and scrubbing each oven rack and got these results. And because I’m a rebel, I didn’t wear rubber glove while cleaning the oven racks.

Happy Cleaning!