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.

Oven racks become covered with grease and food from cooking.


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.

Jennifer Eblin

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.