Hey there! And welcome to my article How to clean oven racks with baking soda. If you’re anything like me, cleaning the oven is probably at the bottom of your “favorite things to do” list. And let’s not even get started on those difficult oven racks – they can be a real challenge.
In this article, we’re going to dive into how to clean your oven racks using something you probably already have in your kitchen – baking soda. Yep, that’s right!
No harsh chemicals, no expensive cleaning products, just good ol’ baking soda. Trust me, if I can do it, so can you. So, let’s roll up our sleeves and get those oven racks shining!
Why Baking Soda ?
If you’re new to the cleaning hemisphere, you may have thought that baking soda is just for baking cookies. But it turns out that it’s also used as a non toxic cleaning agent. Here are a few reasons why baking soda is good for oven racks.
- Non-toxic & Safe: First off, baking soda is non-toxic. That means no harsh chemicals around your food or family. It’s a huge relief, especially if you’ve got curious little ones or pets roaming around.
- Affordable & Easy to Find: Not having to spend a fortune on cleaning products is always nice. Baking soda is super affordable and available in pretty much any grocery store.
- Effective Against Grime: This is where the magic happens. Baking soda is amazing at cutting through grease and grime. Those baked-on spills on your oven racks? Baking soda will help lift them right off.
What You’ll Need
Like I said previously, I’ll be showing you how you can clean oven racks with just baking soda. However, we’ll need extra cleaning tools that will help remove any stubborn debris and grease splatter. Here’s what you’ll need:
Baking Soda – Of Course, our star of the show. This cleaner is safe, effective, and Cheap!
Microfiber Cloth- It’s a great idea to have a few on hand. One cloth can be used for hand washing racks. The other for clearing remaining debris and drying.
Large Old Towel or Newspaper: This is for protecting the surface the racks will be on while cleaning. This way, debris or grease won’t end up on your table or countertop. It also protects your surface from scratches your racks may leave.
Non Scratch Sponge: Choose a sponge that is tough on grime but wont damage your belongings. Scrub Daddy Sponges and the “Non-Scratch” Scotch Brite Pads work great.
Steel Wool– Steel Wool will come in handy in case your sponge isn’t strong enough to lift debris from racks. However, If you have luxury oven racks, by all means, skip the steel wool and only use the non scratch pad.
Pumice Stick: If you’ve never used a pumice stick before, you’re in for a treat. It’s amazing for getting rid of the really stubborn stuff. If the steel wool doesn’t remove everything, this will!
Gloves: Although we’re not using anything too harmful, Hand protection is always a great idea. Especially if you’ll be using the steel wool.
Cleaning Your Oven Racks With Baking Soda (Step-By-Step)
1. Protect Your Surfaces: Lay down some old towels or newspapers on your kitchen counter or table to protect the surface. Then, place your oven racks on top.
2. Make a paste: Slowly add water to the baking soda until you’ve got a thick paste. It should be spreadable but not too runny. Think of it like frosting a cake – a cake that’s seen better days, maybe, but we’re about to give it a makeover!
3. Time to Marinate: Let the baking soda paste sit on the racks for up to an hour or overnight. Every now and then you may spread more paste to prevent it from drying. But it’s not crucial.
4. Scrub-a-dub-dub: Now, grab your sponge or steel wool, and start scrubbing. This is the most important part. Start off by using the non scratch pad to remove grease and debris. If this method is working, keep going until finished. Switch to using steel wool and the pumice stick if need be. Making sure steel wool and pumice sticks are wet, continue to scrub until you see the natural color of your oven racks.
5. Rinse &Admire: Once you’ve scrubbed your little heart out, rinse the racks in the sink. Or use wet cloth to remove residue, repeat the process until complete and there’s no residue. Dry Completely.
Alright, now that we’ve got our racks clean, let’s talk about a few extra safety tips and insights that will keep everything running smoothly.
Safety First: When you’re dealing with cleaning products, even natural ones like baking soda and vinegar, it’s good to keep safety in mind. If you have sensitive skin, consider wearing gloves. And even though baking soda is safe, try not to get it in your eyes – it’s not exactly a pleasant experience!
Ventilation is Key: While we’re not using harsh chemicals, it’s still a good idea to keep your kitchen well-ventilated during the cleaning process. Open some windows or turn on the exhaust fan to keep the air moving.
Be Gentle with Your Racks: While steel wool and pumice sticks are fantastic for tackling tough grime, remember they can be abrasive. Use a gentle hand and progress if necessary.
Rinse Thoroughly: Make sure you rinse all the baking soda off the racks before you put them back in the oven. Any residue might cause a bit of a funky smell the next time you heat up the oven.
Regular Maintenance is a Lifesaver: Now that your oven racks are sparkling, keeping them that way is the next step. A regular quick wipe-down or a light cleaning after heavy use can prevent the build-up from getting out of hand again.
Enjoy the Process: Remember, cleaning can be surprisingly satisfying. Put on some music, think about how great your oven will look, and before you know it, you’ll be done!
Alright, we’ve reached the end of our oven rack cleaning guide, and I’ve got to say, it’s been quite the journey.We focused on the power of baking soda, our go-to for a safe and effective clean, and how with just a few extra tools, those daunting oven racks didn’t stand a chance!
We introduced practical tips on how to use your cleaning tools to clean your racks without scratching, as well as extra care tips to help your oven racks stay clean. If you’re interested in starting a cleaning business, or in more “how-to” cleaning projects, Subscribe to my email. As Always, Happy Cleaning!
Frequently Asked Questions
How Do You Clean Oven Racks with Dawn and Baking Soda?
Mix a small amount of Dawn dish soap with baking soda to create a slightly foamy paste. Apply this paste liberally to the oven racks. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes, or longer for heavy grime. Then, scrub the racks with a soft brush or sponge. Rinse thoroughly with water and dry before placing them back in the oven.
Can I Clean my Oven with Baking Soda and Vinegar?
Yes, you can clean your oven with baking soda and vinegar. First, sprinkle baking soda generously over the surface you want to clean. Then, spray or apply white vinegar over the baking soda. The mixture will fizz and help loosen grime and grease. Let it sit for a few hours, then scrub and wipe away the residue.
What Is the Ratio of Vinegar and Baking Soda for Cleaning?
A common ratio for cleaning with vinegar and baking soda is about one part baking soda to 1 part vinegar. However, this can vary depending on the cleaning task. For tougher cleaning jobs, you might use more baking soda to create a thicker paste. For light cleaning, a more diluted mixture with more vinegar might suffice.
How to Clean Oven Racks Without a Bathtub:
If you don’t have a bathtub, you can still effectively clean your oven racks. Lay down old towels or newspapers to protect your floor, then place the racks on top. Make a paste of baking soda and water, and spread it generously over the racks. Let it sit for a few hours or overnight. Then, use a damp sponge or scrub brush to scrub the racks. For tougher grime, you can use a mixture of vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray it on the baking soda residue; it will fizz and help lift the grime. Wipe clean with a cloth and rinse the racks with water. Let them dry before placing them back in the oven.
How to Clean Oven Racks with Aluminum Foil:
Cleaning oven racks with aluminum foil involves a simple process. First, crumple a sheet of aluminum foil into a ball. After you’ve soaked your oven racks (using the bathtub method, or just by soaking them in your sink with hot soapy water for a few hours), use the aluminum foil ball as a scrubber. The texture of the foil helps scrape off the burnt-on food and grime without scratching the racks. Rinse the racks well after scrubbing and dry them before returning them to the oven. This method is particularly useful for tackling stubborn spots of grime.