How to Clean Oven Racks (In the Bathtub)!


My oven was DIRTY and I needed a solution for cleaning the large oven racks. I searched online for ways to do this and decided dryer sheets and dish soap were worth a try since I already had them on hand. Lo and behold, it WORKED!
how to clean oven racks in the bathtub, appliances, cleaning tips, how to
You simply need dryer sheets, dish soap, and a bathtub large enough to fit your oven racks.
how to clean oven racks in the bathtub, appliances, cleaning tips, how to
I lined the bathtub with old towels so the racks didn't scratch the surface. I then placed the racks one on top of the other right in the tub.
how to clean oven racks in the bathtub, appliances, cleaning tips, how to
I filled the tub with hot water (enough to cover the racks), added 1/2 cup dish soap and 6 dryer sheets. I let this sit for about 8 hours. The racks will still appear dirty after this time, but the gunk has been softened.
how to clean oven racks in the bathtub, appliances, cleaning tips, how to
I grabbed the dryer sheets that had been soaking and wiped the racks clean. The gunk literally comes right off with barely any effort. You can see the difference between the right and left sides. What a simple and inexpensive solution!

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  • Kathleen Cavano
    on Jul 16, 2017

    Does this work on porcelin racks from the bbq
  • Lynda
    on Jul 16, 2017

    is it wise to have all that grease wafer go down the drain ???
    • Sandandshells
      on May 20, 2018

      I agree with Papenhagen.r - may common sense prevail. I use garbage bags and empty them down the outdoor drain I have. Haven't tried the dryer sheets, but will give that a go next time.

  • Dana Mattingly
    on Sep 10, 2017

    What about the grills on the top of your stove? Would this work for them? It's a gas stove.
    • Carol
      on May 12, 2019

      The grills on top of the stove can go in the dishwasher. It's the quickest and easiest way to get them clean.

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  • Marcy
    on Mar 7, 2019

    Great idea. And all of the precautions you took to accommodate leftover residue were excellent and protect tub too. Thanks for the idea

  • Cha11310122
    on Mar 28, 2019

    Yes I Will try it

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