A cleaning expert has explained how to best clean those dirty oven racks using the least amount of effort – and if you follow his advice correctly, you’ll only need to do it twice a year.
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Cleaning dirty oven racks is no one’s favorite chore (if any). In fact, a survey found that many households will take a year and a half before trying to clean it.
Over time, a layer of dirt and grease will build up, which is not only unsightly and annoying to clean, but also time consuming.
Fortunately, Jeremy Tompson, Strategic Cleaning Advisor at Youthful Home, shared the “easiest way” to get rid of dirt with little to no effort.
He said: “Cleaning the oven racks will either involve a lot of elbow grease or soaking followed by rinsing.
“Anyway, you’re going to make a mess if you try to do that in the kitchen sink.”
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“You can go outside, but the easiest way to clean oven racks is in your tub,” he revealed.
Jeremy recommended letting the oven racks soak overnight in the tub.
He said, “Put cleaning agents on the rack or in the water that covers the rack.
“Soaking overnight will leave grease and grime easy to remove with a sponge or rag.”
Jeremy recommends using baking soda or dish soap to clean the oven racks.
If you are using baking soda, the expert said you can either use it alone or apply the baking soda and then spray it with vinegar.
To clean oven racks with baking soda and white vinegar in the tub, Jeremy recommends “laying down a towel first to avoid scratching the tub.”
He continued, “Put the oven racks on them, then sprinkle them with baking soda.
“Pour in white vinegar and watch the combo foam up.
“When the foaming stops, add hot water to the tub until the grates are fully covered and let them soak overnight.
“In the morning, you can use a soft cloth or sponge to wipe off grease and dirt.”
If you use dish soap to clean your oven racks instead of baking soda, put them in the bath with warm water and a bit of your detergent.
Then, using a non-abrasive scouring pad, remove grease and debris.
Once they are dry, put the grates back in place.
If you find they don’t slide as easily as they should, put some cooking oil on waxed paper and rub the side rails – they will move smoothly again.
“These methods are not only easy, they’ll leave your oven racks clean and shiny,” says Jeremy.
“You’ll keep them that way if you clean the racks and your oven twice a year.”
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