Cleaning Oven Racks in the Bathtub

Julien K., Hometalk Team
by Julien K., Hometalk Team
6 Materials
30 Minutes
One of the things I really dislike doing is cleaning my oven! All of that hard to remove burnt food pieces and grease splatters really get me down. So, any way to make the job a little easier is a major plus for me! This simple way to clean your oven racks with tinfoil and a bathtub is a win-win situation. Now, my oven racks are sparkling and I didn't break a sweat cleaning them.

- Dish Soap (1/2 cup)

- Tin Foil

- Oven Rack

- Bath Tub

- Water

- Toothbrush (optional)
Step 1: Remove oven racks from oven.

Close-up of my dirty oven rack - yuck!
Step 2: Fill the bathtub (about a quarter full) with warm water.
Step 3: Add 1/4 cup dish soap to the bath water.
Step 4: Place your dirty oven racks in the bathtub. Let sit in the water overnigt (8 hours).
Step 5: Grab a piece of tinfoil and scrunch it up into a ball.
To get inside of those awkward corners and crevices, wrap an old toothbrush with a piece of tinfoil. You'll have better control at getting into those tight spaces.
Step 7: Clean the edges, corners and crevices with your tinfoil wrapped toothbrush. This step is optional.
Step 8: Slide your shiny oven racks back into your oven and admire them before you cook your next meal.

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  • Rose Zuniga Rose Zuniga on Dec 18, 2019

    How to clean oven it really burned on grime n grease yuck

  • R Lorraine Moore R Lorraine Moore on Dec 11, 2020

    This is a great hack. I've used aluminum foil in this way for many cleaning projects.

  • RichandTammy Whiteside RichandTammy Whiteside on Dec 11, 2020

    Have you tried just soaking them in cascade? That virtually eliminates the need for scrubbing!

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  • Teri Teri on Dec 11, 2020

    Or to add to Mary T's tip....dont even take the racks out of the oven. Just put a bowl of amonia into the oven overnight (or as long as possible). Make sure you have good ventilation though!! Remove bowl of amonia and proceed with wipe down. Grab a bunch of old newsprint or what have you and wipe out the gunk and throw away. You can remove the racks now if you like...and just rinse them off in the shower (plug drain with hair catcher to get debry). If you want to really ensure cleaned out when done use a disposable cloth or sponge and wipe inside of oven with warm/hot water. Voila. Done. All without effort or scrubbing. Trust me...if this can work in a stove with a dead and burnt rat in it then it can handle a regularly used oven easily!

  • Joyce Joyce on Dec 11, 2020

    Yes - We did ours with a large leaf bag, outside - using gloves to save your hands, we sprayed oven cleaner in the bag on the racks, close up the bag, for a few hours, and take the garden hose and clean it off. Wow, just like new. roll up bag, we put in another bag and toss it in the garbage. We have electric so the oven was being cleaned by itself. Years ago, living in an apartment, we did clean the racks in the tub. Also at times, the venetian blinds we cleaned in the tub, came out like new. But they where metal in those days!! Tide did he works, and your tub was easy to wash up.