One of the LAST things in my kitchen that I want to clean. Luckily, my oven has a self-cleaning feature. It beats the days of scrubbing the oven with those icky smelly chemicals but it's still a bit of a challenge. And it still smells so I have to be able to have the windows open when I do clean the oven.
The racks in my oven are not to be left in the oven during the self cleaning feature. So once they are removed they still need scrubbing and scrubbing to remove all of the grime on them.
I have found a little trick that helps to clean them without all that scrubbing. Various cleaning sites have mentioned this method so I thought I would give it a little whirl.
Here it is:
Line the bathtub with an old towel and place oven racks inside (the towel prevents the racks scratching the tub).
Fill bath with enough hot water (in my experience the hotter the better) to cover the racks.
Sprinkle the racks with powdered dishwasher detergent. Yes that's right, dishwasher detergent.
Now just walk away and let them soak. Easy!
I usually let them soak around 20 minutes or so and then I take a rag or sponge and wipe them off. The grease seems to just "melt" off the racks leaving them nice and shiny.
Rinse, let dry and put them back in your clean oven.
Hope this helps make cleaning the oven a little easier. Let me know how it works for you!
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