Get Your Oven Racks Clean With These Simple Tricks

A self-clean oven is one of those great inventions. Set your oven to the self-clean cycle and a few hours later, you only have a small pile of ash to clean up. Easy peasy. But what about those oven racks? Your Milton appliance repair experts have some simple tips for cleaning your oven racks.

Before you run your self-clean cycle, it’s important to remove the oven racks. These metal racks are simply not made for the high temperatures of the self-clean cycle. Your oven temperatures can damage the racks and, if anything, discolor the chrome finish. So how do you clean your oven racks safely while your oven is baking away its own nasty grime?

Before you set the self-clean cycle for your oven, remove your racks. If they are particularly dirty, a simple soap and water bath may not do the trick. Here are some ways you can get your oven racks clean if they are still dirty after a soap and water scrub.

Commercial Oven Cleaner

Yes, you can use the commercial oven cleaner products on the market. But there are reasons most people no longer want to use them. They are made with harsh chemicals and produce toxic fumes in your home. Make sure to read the instructions carefully and only use these products in a well-ventilated area,

Trash Bags with Ammonia

Although this is a no-mess answer, it is also dangerous. Some people use ammonia in a large plastic trash bag and leave the racks in them overnight. It is not the ammonia that cleans the racks so much as the fumes. And this is the dangerous part. If the bag is not sealed tightly, the ammonia can leak out. Ammonia creates dangerous fumes and you want to make sure you are doing this somewhere outside in a well-ventilated place.

Dish Detergent and Dryer Sheets

An easy way to clean your oven racks uses these items you probably already have around the house. Line your bathtub with a layer of dryer sheets and lay your racks on top of them. Then fill the tub with enough warm water to cover the racks. Add about a half cup of dish detergent and let sit overnight. In the morning, drain the bathtub and use the wet dryer sheets to wipe off the racks. It is the anti-static element in the dryer sheets that softens any baked-on food. And cleanup is easy since the whole thing takes place in the bathtub.

Vinegar and Baking Soda

While we’re considering the bathtub, another way to get oven racks clean is to use the chemical reaction of baking soda and vinegar. Set the racks in the tub without any water and sprinkle them with baking soda. Spray them with vinegar. Once the foaming is done, cover the racks and allow them to sit overnight. The next morning, any baked on food should rub off easily with a cloth or an old toothbrush.

Dishwasher Detergent

Another bathtub rack remedy uses some dishwasher granules and some old towels and sponges. Line the bathtub with the towels and lay the racks on top and cover the racks with warm water. Add a cup of dishwasher granules and allow this to sit overnight. The next day, baked-on food will be easily removed with a sponge.

When you are looking for a Milton appliance repair expert, call the professionals at MF appliance repair. We are the ones to trust for all your appliance repairs in the Milton area.

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