Will WD-40 Clean My Oven Racks?

The spray lubricant WD-40 lubricates items, and while it's meant for cleaning car engines, it has a number of uses around the house. Use WD-40 to clean stuck-on grease and food bits from your oven racks.


Remove the oven racks from the oven and take the racks outside. Thoroughly coat all sections of the racks with the WD-40 and let the lubricant sit for at least five minutes. Lightly scrub the racks with a wire or nylon brush.


Rinse all traces of the WD-40 from the oven racks and pat them dry with paper towels. Apply more WD-40 and scrub again if the oven racks are still dirty. Rinse and dry the racks completely before retuning the racks to the oven.


Only use the WD-40 to clean the oven racks outside or in a well-ventilated area. It has a harsh scent, which may make you feel nauseous or dizzy, especially when such large amounts are used.

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Jennifer Eblin has been a full-time freelance writer since 2006. Her work has appeared on several websites, including Tool Box Tales and Zonder. Eblin received a master's degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.