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!
You simply need dryer sheets, dish soap, and a bathtub large enough to fit your oven racks.
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.
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.
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!
Andrea @ Life Love Larson
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  • Lynda Lynda on Jul 16, 2017
    is it wise to have all that grease wafer go down the drain ???

  • Dana Mattingly 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.

  • Megan Megan on Jan 15, 2023

    for 8 hours??? that's REALLY LONG - DOES IT NEED TO BE THAT LONG?

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  • Donna Glenn Donna Glenn on Jan 14, 2022

    I use to do this,and I will say,it worked,but in the process, the metal scratched my porcelain tub,which under the porcelain is cast iron, as time passed, all of those scratches started rusting,and no amount of scrubbing and cleaning can fix that,and it only gets worse,so be very careful if you do this

  • Jenny Jenny on May 08, 2022

    A large cat litter tray sat on the draining board works well. No need to leave the kitchen.