Your oven is made of many components and the ones that probably get dirty the easiest, are the oven racks. Of course, there are many cleaning products that you can use. However, most of them are filled with dangerous chemicals that release harmful fumes. So, is there any way to clean oven racks using non-toxic products? Of course, there is!

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So, if you are someone who:

Is afraid to use chemicals in their house because of allergies and health problems; 

  • Is afraid to use chemicals in their house because of allergies and health problems;
  • Wants to clean their oven racks using only natural products; 
  • Doesn’t have time to search for specific oven cleaning products.

Then this article is just for you! Here, you will read all about how to clean your oven racks naturally by using products such as baking soda, white vinegar, dryer sheets and more!


You might think there is no point in cleaning oven racks by hand if your appliance has a self-cleaning feature. However, the high temperature of this cycle can be damaging to the internal components of the cooking appliance. It would also likely destroy the finish of any chrome or stainless steel racks. This is why we recommend you clean this important part of your oven by hand and with natural products. It will help keep your oven in good working order and there will be no dangerous fumes escaping and polluting the air.

How to clean oven racks with ammonia

There are two ways you can use ammonia to clean your oven racks – by taking them out or by keeping them inside the cooker.

Cleaning oven racks with ammonia by taking them out

In this case, you will need about ¼ cup of sudsy ammonia, a heavy-duty rubbish bag and a stiff brush.

  1. Once you have the racks out of the oven, put them in a heavy-duty rubbish bag. Make sure that there are no holes in it. 
  2. Pour around ¼ cup of sudsy ammonia inside. Seal the bag.
  3. Place the bag somewhere away from pets and children and let it stay overnight. The ammonia will let out fumes which will loosen up the dirty grime on the racks and make them easier to clean up. 
  4. The morning after, put on some rubber gloves and take the racks out. 
  5. Scrub the remaining grime off with some sort of stiff brush, dipped in dishwashing soap. 

Rinse the racks with lukewarm water and you’re ready!

Cleaning your oven racks while they are in the oven

For this method, you will need 1 cup of baking soda and ¾ cup with non-sudsy and non-scented ammonia.

  1. Place the cup with the ammonia in your oven and let it stay overnight, without turning the oven on or its self-cleaning feature. The idea is the same as with the garbage bag. The ammonia will loosen up any dirt on the racks. The morning after, just throw the cup away. 
  2. Clean up the loose grease. This is where the baking soda comes in. Dip a slightly damp piece of cloth into the baking soda and gently scrub the racks and the insides of the oven. 
  3. As a finishing touch, rinse everything with lukewarm water and leave your oven opened to dry properly.

How to clean oven racks with vinegar

White vinegar is a life saviour in many situations. When it comes to cleaning your oven racks, it makes no exception. For this technique, you will have to take the racks out of the oven in order to clean them.

Prepare the following: 

  • Baking soda – if you don’t have any, you can use borax. 
  • Distilled white vinegar. 
  • A scrub pad. 
  • An old towel. 
  • An old toothbrush.

Here is how to clean oven racks using natural white vinegar! 

  1. Place the old towel in a dry tub or a big basin, if you don’t have one. 
  2. Put the racks inside and generously pour the white vinegar on them. 
  3. Add the baking soda and wait for around 10-15 minutes. 
  4. The two ingredients should start foaming. When that is complete, fill the tub or basin with hot water so that it covers the racks completely, and let them soak overnight. 
  5. The day after, scrub the racks with the old toothbrush or with the scrub pad in order to remove any grime that is still stuck. 
  6. If there is any stubborn dirt left, you can add kosher salt to the water. This will turn it into an abrasive cleaner. 
  7. When you are satisfied with the results, just rinse with water and let the racks air dry.

How to clean oven racks with dishwashing soap

Dish soap is another product that we use every day. It has proven itself as a useful and versatile cleaning solution. Here is how you can use it to clean your oven racks. If you don’t have enough, you can replace it with laundry detergent.

  1. Again, you will need a tub or a very big basin with an old towel at the bottom. 
  2. Put the racks inside and fill the tub/basin with hot water so that everything is covered. 
  3. Add either ¾ cup of laundry detergent or ½ cup of your dishwashing soap. 
  4. You can combine this with the previous method and add some vinegar and baking soda. 
  5. Let the racks soak overnight in the cleaning solution. 
  6. The morning after, you can use the old towel to scrub the leftover grease and grime. If there are more persistent areas, you can use an old toothbrush to take care of them or add salt to the tool you are using to make it more abrasive. 
  7. Once the racks are clean and shiny, rinse them well with water and let them air dry before returning them to the oven.

If you have a bathtub, you can also try cleaning your oven racks with dryer sheets. The powerful antistatic in them dilutes the bonds between the food and the racks, separating them, while the softening agents will loosen up any baked food that is stuck there.

  1. Put the dryer sheets at the bottom of the tub and place the racks on them. 
  2. Fill the tub with warm water so that everything is covered. 
  3. Pour in ½ cup of dishwashing soap or mild laundry detergent. 
  4. Let the racks soak overnight. 
  5. Scrub them with the sheets until everything is grime-free. 
  6. Rinse with water and air-dry.

Hire a professional oven cleaner

Even though these methods can be quite easy, they can still take a lot of time, especially if you have to clean the whole oven and not just the racks. Save yourself the trouble and call Fantastic Services today to book a professional oven cleaning technician. He will use the highly effective dip tank method that includes disassembling the whole oven and cleaning the parts separately. After that, the expert will put your oven back together and you will get to enjoy your shiny clean cooker again. Better food and more time with the people that really matter! Book your oven technician today!


  • Taking the racks outside the oven makes them a lot easier to clean.
  • Even if you have a self-cleaning feature in your appliance, it’s recommended that you don’t use it as often as it might damage the heating components in your oven.
  • If you will be leaving your oven racks to soak in the tub, lock the room and keep any pets and children away from them.
  • Always wear rubber gloves when cleaning.


What is your experience with cleaning oven racks naturally? Do you have any other tricks that we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments down below and if you found this article useful, don’t forget to share it with your family and friends!

  • Last update: November 28, 2019

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