5 Easy oven cleaning hacks that you must start using!

5 Easy oven cleaning hacks that you must start using!

Cleaning the oven can be one of the most dreaded chores in the home. The thought of trying to clean the different parts of the oven and the difficulty to remove stains, burns, and residue makes cleaning the oven unappealing. Additionally, the result of getting a sparkling clean oven seems unrealistic.

However, the professional cleaners from Pure House Cleaning share some of their tips and hacks for cleaning ovens successfully.

Use steel wool

Use fine or super fine steel wool to clean racks and preserve the shininess. It is more effort-intensive cleaning method, but it is the most effective and eco-friendly approach.

All you need to do is:

  • Wet the steel wool pad
  • Apply regular dishwashing detergent
  • Scrub, and rinse.

Steel wool also does wonders cleaning burnt pots and frying pans bottoms.


  • Non-Toxic
  • Green/Eco-friendly
  • Immediate results


  • Effort intensive

Use standard degreaser

We have not found of non-toxic or eco-friendly degreaser. We use degreasers for move in or move out home cleaning projects. It allows sufficient time for ventilation. We like to work with “Easy-off” and “Zep” brand cleaners.

Depending on the product, usually, we apply the product on the racks and let it stand for an hour (while we are focusing on other areas of cleaning the home).

Make sure you wear gloves and use any standard kitchen sponge with an abrasive pad to wipe off or scrub off the burnt residue.

Rinse the racks with plenty of water. And the last steps is to preheat the oven to 400 Degrees F and leave it on for 30 minutes. This final step allows for any left-over cleaners to burn off end evaporate.

After that, your oven will be ready for baking and broiling.


  • Easy
  • Quick Results


  • Highly Toxic
  • May cause the oven to smell if not adequately rinsed.

Self-cleaning oven cycles

Occasionally on an older oven with older racks, we may use build in Oven Self Cleaning option to clean oven and the shelves. Because the self-cleaning mode produces a lot of heat, nickel coated racks may change colors, and the metal may warp. This method is not recommended for new ovens as it may alter the overall look appearance of the oven appliance.


  • Easy
  • Quick
  • Minimum effort


  • May decolorate rack’s nickel coating.
  • Excessive heat may warp rack and may create friction for sliding in and out.
  • Lose overall appeal of the appliance.

Let your dishwasher help you maintain oven rack cleanliness

Any standard size Oven racks can fit into standard size dishwasher. Depending on the dishwasher you may need to remove the top shelf/rack to fit the oven racks. Set the dishwasher cleaning to “heavy/extra scrub” mode and start it.

After the dishwashing, there still may be some residue left on the racks that can be easily removed by kitchen sponge or abrasive pad. This is the least effort intensive and green cleaning for your oven racks.

For best results, we recommend to consistently clean racks with the dishwasher help after each baking.


  • Non-toxic and green.
  • Quick.
  • Minimum effort for scrubbing off the remaining residue.


  • May require removing dishwasher top rack to fit in the oven racks.

Soak it overnight

This approach is more practical for cleaning smaller oven racks because they can fit in the majority of home sinks for soaking. In rare cases, standard racks can fit in on oversized kitchen sinks or utility sinks.

Fill the sink with hot water and add your regular dishwasher soap. Mix in the soap with the water to distribute it evenly. Place racks in the sink or tub, so they are submerged in the water.

Leave it soaking for 12 hours +. The soaking process allows burnt on grease to soften and to be easily removed use standard kitchen sponge with abrasive pad by scrubbing it. Usually, home cleaners don’t use this method as we don’t have 12 + hours.


  • Best method if 4 of the above are not available.


  • Large sink or utility sink required.
  • Can’t use the sink for a long time.

If you would prefer to hire a professional to clean your oven, then contact Pure House Cleaning and enquire about our deep cleaning services.

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