6 Kitchen Tip: Cleaning Oven Racks

When I have a new appliance, I like to keep it looking as new as I can.  Our smoker has only been used a couple of times and I wanted to keep the racks looking clean.

I think the method I used did a great job on these racks!

This is the crusty, stuck on black gunk, enameled smoker drip pan.

I folded two sheets of paper towel and poured about 1 cup of straight ammonia into the pan.

I decided to put my oven racks, along with the newer smoker racks, into a large garbage sack.

Put the ammonia filled pan on top of the dirty racks...

and tied it shut with a rubber band.

Left the bag OUTSIDE overnight.  The ammonia fumes should do their magic...

Then it snowed.  I didn't get to them for 2 days.

The enameled pan came wiped out easily and ended up looking very clean!

I think I will cover this with aluminum foil for next time.

I wiped the smoker racks with a damp cloth and they came out shiny and new!  You can see on the top how black they used to be ~

Here'e my oven rack, before it got the ammonia treatment...

I have to admit, it's been over 5 years since I cleaned them...

Here it is, after.

Not shiny and new, but a little cleaner...

I have a self cleaning oven, which recommends NOT to leave them in during the cleaning cycle.  The self cleaning cycle will strip the chrome off, leaving the racks dull and lifeless.  Not a big deal, but it will be more difficult to slide the racks into your oven.

I need one more trick to see if I can get my oven racks clean.  Cleaner.....

Do you have any brilliant ideas?


  1. Thank you for this tip! I'm not a fanatic when it comes to oven cleaning but when I do clean it, I always take the racks out per the oven's instructions. Now I know how to clean the racks too!

  2. The racks are so hard to clean. I think I'll take a tip from your book and do it this way next time, which needs to be soon! Thanks.

  3. I just got a tip for cleaning oven racks from "One Good Thing By Jille" and it worked like a charm.
    You put your oven racks/grill racks in a bath tub. Add hot water, 10 dryer sheets, let sit over night - and voila - the just wipe clean.

    1. Thanks for another tip ~ I'll have to try it!

    2. I just tried the fabric dryer sheet method and it did get off about 80% of the gunk on my oven racks with some scrubbing. It has been over two years since I have cleaned them and this method may work 100% for lightly soiled oven racks. I've put the racks back into the garbage bag with a paper towel soaked in ammonia out in the garage to remove the rest of the grime.

  4. Great method. Ammonia and plastic bag works great! Leave overnite and rinse and wipe next day. TIP: turn the bag over to insure both racks get covered with liquid


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