Cooking is a passionate hobby. Whenever someone from the Fantastic Team grabs a pan the kitchen becomes a mess, and a delicious one, mind you!

But you can imagine just how much-burnt food develops and how tough it is to successfully clean the oven later. Luckily we don’t cook daily in the office, but it’s a completely different story with the ovens at home.

So, how you can clean your dirty, burnt food covered oven racks? Easy! There are no expensive detergents involved, just a bit of warm water, baking soda and a ball of aluminium foil.

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How to clean oven racks with aluminium foil

  • Remove your racks from the oven
  • Soak them in a solution of very hot water and dish soap
  • Leave them to soak for 15-20 minutes
  • Crush a sheet of aluminium in a small ball
  • Get the ball wet and cover it with baking soda
  • Scrub the racks with the ball

One of the most famous ways to shine your oven racks is with aluminium foil. All of us have a row rolling somewhere in our kitchen cabinets.

If that’s not the case then do a quick run to the store as they are cheap and can be found in each food shop near you.

Let’s cut to the point. How can aluminium foil shine your oven racks? It surely doesn’t have any cleaning properties, but because of the aluminium in the foil, it’s a great way to shine those dirty oven racks.

The tools for the job:

Before you remove your oven racks first you’ll need to prepare. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Aluminium foil
  • Baking soda
  • Large bowl to soak the oven racks in
  • Warm water
  • Dish soap

Take out the oven racks and your aluminium foil and follow these steps:

1. Fill the large bowl (or your bathtub) with warm water.

Make sure the water is steaming and too warm to handle. At this point, you won’t do anything with it.

2. Pour dish soap.

Depending on where you’ll clean the oven racks you’ll have to adjust the quantity of the soap used.

3. Submerge the dirty oven racks in the water.

Be careful not to hurt yourself as the water will be is very warm. Leave the racks to soak for 15 minutes. The warm water will remove the accumulated dirt on the oven racks.

4. Form a ball with the aluminium foil.

Take each rack out of the water. By now the water should still be fairly warm, but comfortable to handle. Wet the aluminium foil ball and pour the baking soda on it. Because the ball is wet, the baking soda will stick to the aluminium foil ball.
Start scrubbing each oven rack. Because there still be dirt left on the racks, make sure you frequently change the aluminium foil ball and the baking soda.

Depending on the state of your oven racks the amount of scrubbing and elbow grease will vary. Continue cleaning until the oven rack is restored to as much to the original state as possible.

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  • Last update: September 30, 2020

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