How to Clean Oven Racks Naturally & Quickly

One of the things that always worried me when I entered my kitchen and opened the oven, was seeing the grills of this with a degrading appearance, full of hardened grease balls, every time I asked myself how to clean oven racks, until fortunately I saw a TV program dedicated to cleaning and mentioned several methods to clean the accumulated fat.

Then one day I got up the courage to take on the task, and I must confess that I have obtained excellent results, I have tried several methods and all have been encouraging, to the point that I no longer get stressed when I think of how to clean oven racks.

I will now describe the methods I have used for this cleaning, and tell you that they have all given me satisfactory results.

Clean oven racks

The natural form I have used requires:

  • 2 kitchen cloths that are no longer in use
  • Absorbent paper
  • Abundant hot water
  • 3 tablespoons of bicarbonate
  • 1 non-abrasive sponge
  • 1 container large enough for the grills to be submerged.


I place the kitchen cloths at the bottom of the container and then I place the oven grids over them.

Pour the hot water into this container until the grates are covered by the water.

I spread the bicarbonate over the hot water and leave the grills in that container for about 6 hours. On occasions, I have been busy with other tasks and the grills have spent the whole night soaking, but the truth is that I have not noticed any difference; the one that lasts longer does not accelerate the cleaning process.

After soaking, I rub the grills with the sponge and the grease and dirt come out relatively easily.

With cold water I rinse the grids and let them drain, then I dry them with the absorbent paper and put them in their place in the oven.

Clean oven racks with dryer sheets

I have used this method only once because I hardly ever use these leaves, I have read that the substances they contain are very harmful, even causing nerve problems in people.

When I use them for cleaning the oven grills, I fill them with the dishwasher I regularly use and rub vigorously on each rod of the grill and on each joint, it’s a bit of an effort but I get a good cleaning of the grills, but I prefer any of the other methods.

Clean oven racks with ammonia

The first thing I will do is to warn you that for the use of ammonia, extreme precautions must be taken, I never use it without dilution, I make a combination of one part of ammonia by three parts of water.

I keep children and pets away from the house while I clean and after I finish this work I do not allow them to be near the place I cleaned for more than 3 hours, during that time I leave the windows and doors open so that the vapors and gases produced are ventilated.

To use it I do it with hot water, I use neoprene gloves and a mask that covers my mouth and nose, I introduce the grills in the ammonia solution with water and I leave them inside for about 4 hours, the ammonia is an excellent degrease.

When I take them out of the solution I rub them with a sponge through all the joints and rods, after that I wash the sponge and I put it in the dishwasher and I rub them again, I rinse them with a lot of hot water and then with cold water.

I always finish this process by drying the grills with a dry cloth and put them back in the oven.

Clean oven racks with foil

When I perform the cleaning with this process, which is the one I use most often, I have the following at hand:

  • Aluminum paper
  • 1 Large container
  • Hot water
  • Dishwasher
  • Old toothbrush
  • Sponge
  • Dry cloth


I wrap the oven grills in the aluminum foil and put them in the big container, for space reasons I always do this in bath, I pour hot water in the container with the grills until they are completely covered, and then I dissolve in that water half of a 250 g. dishwasher and I leave the grills in that container for 4 hours.

When the dishwasher comes into contact with the aluminum foil, it produces a chemical reaction that removes all the grease and dirt from the grills.

After waiting for 4 hours I take the grills out of the foil and rub them with the old toothbrush, then I rinse them with plenty of cold water, and dry them with a dry cloth and take them to the oven as new.