We tried this TikTok oven rack cleaning hack using foil and a dishwasher tablet

This oven rack cleaning hack takes *some* of the elbow grease and stress out of the process

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There are many, many things we'd all rather do than clean the oven. And then there's the exceedingly fiddly task of cleaning the racks. 

But these dreaded tasks simply must be faced to keep things working properly. A TikToker has shared an oven rack cleaning hack that involves dishwasher tablets and your bathtub. 

Willing to try just about anything to make things easier when it comes to how to clean oven racks, we took one for the team and gave it a go ourselves. The particular method we tried involved wrapping them in foil before submerging.

oven racks being cleaned with tiktok hack using foil and dishwasher tablet

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TikTok oven rack cleaning hack

@cleanwith_kayleigh (opens in new tab) originally shared her oven rack cleaning hack in December, and the video has now 'racked up' 216,000 views. Simply fill the bath with hot water, throw in two dishwasher tabs, and submerge trays and racks for two hours.

She says if you don't have a bath, you could use a large storage container. If your oven racks rise to the top of the water, just weigh them down with shower gel or shampoo bottles.

One TikToker commented that their oven trays were totally black, but after using the trick overnight they were left shiny without any scrubbing. 'OMG genius! I am doing this tomorrow! Thank you so much,' said another.

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Cleaning an oven is particularly daunting because it's not just the oven, it's the grimy trays with burnt-on grime, too. Plus you know it's going to involve some serious elbow grease. 

So, how did we get on with the hack? We tried a version that involves wrapping the trays and racks in foil, which causes a chemical reaction. This trick promises that you wouldn't need to scrub the racks clean at all. 

However, to get the worst of the bits off, I did have to scrub for quite a few minutes with my Scrub Mommy Sponge, available at Amazon (opens in new tab). The hack worked best on the bits that had been under the foil.

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To be honest, I wish I'd been a bit more careful covering all the edges, as they were a lost cause when I tried to scrub them. The other bits came off a lot easier. This seems to be due to a reaction (an ion exchange) between the aluminum foil and the dishwasher tablets. 

I would definitely recommend soaking them in a bathtub. Otherwise, I don't think I'd ever have got them that clean over a sink. 

A success, but it didn't blow our socks off. If you're looking for other options, our round-up of the best oven cleaners will help you get your oven clean once and for all. Would you try this hack?

Millie joined Real Homes in early 2021 as a homes news writer. When she isn't writing about trends, makeovers and houseplant care, she spends her free time making tweaks to her rented flat in North London. Her next project is a very basic armchair reupholstering job to help create a cosy reading nook in her living room. She loves browsing antique centres, tending to her small front garden, and is never without some fresh flowers at home.


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