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How to deep clean oven racks WITHOUT chemicals – three homemade cleaning hacks


Cleaning the oven doesn’t need to be difficult. With all that grease and grime that builds up in there, you should be giving your oven a good clean at least every three months. There’s no need to go out and get an oven cleaner, we bet you’ve already got everything you need to deep clean your oven with these three hacks.

You might dread this task but, every now and then, your oven needs a good clean.

It’s tempting to think the inside of the oven is out of sight and out of mind and try to get away with just keeping the hob wiped clean.

It can be a bit of a faff to pull out the door and get all the racks out of your oven – but giving your oven a deep clean can make it feel sparkling new.

If you use your oven regularly, you’ll find that the inside of your oven builds up quickly with grease and food residue.

The grease and grime from inside your oven can even get into the parts and stop it from working as efficiently as usual. So by giving your oven a good clean, you might even find it cooks your food faster – win-win!

You don’t even have to go out of your way to get an oven cleaning kit (though if that works for you – go for it!) with these handy homemade oven cleaning hacks.

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1 – Put your oven racks in the bath

These will need to soak overnight, so try this one last thing in the evening, after everyone is done with the bath for the day!

Cover the bottom of the tub with an old towel before putting the racks on top. Cover the racks with very hot water, and add in a cup of dishwasher soap.

If you’re low on dishwasher soap you can also use bicarbonate of soda with some vinegar.

Leave the racks to soak overnight, then in the morning wipe them with an old cloth or sponge.

The grease should lift very easily but for any stubborn bits, add some salt before scrubbing them – the salt makes the scrubbing more abrasive.

For the best results, leave the paste to sit on the oven for a few hours – or, even better, overnight.

After some hours have passed, sponge off the excess paste. Then mix up a spray bottle of vinegar – any will do, we recommend a cheap white vinegar – and water.

Spray this onto the remaining baking soda paste, which will then start to bubble.

Wipe the lot down with a damp cloth and admire your squeaky clean oven!

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