The Little-Known Trick to Cleaning Your Oven Without Scrubbing

With this witty life hack, you'll never have to scrub again. Here's how to clean your oven without the elbow grease!

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Here’s What You’ll Need

It requires more than a little effort to chip away at caked-on oven grime, but thanks to the ingenuity of a group of Australian mothers, your most dreaded chore just got a whole lot easier. This life hack will show you how to clean your oven without feeling like you’ve just stepped out of the gym on arm day. (It’s cost-efficient, too!)

The beauty of this hack is that it doesn’t require too many materials and most of the ingredients can be found around the house. All you’ll need is:

  • Aluminum foil
  • Dishwasher tablets
  • Hot water and a bathtub to put it all in.

The aluminum foil reacts to the disintegrating tablet, practically melting off that post-Christmas dinner mess! Now, the hack does take a minimum of two hours, but the payoff of a brand new oven makes it worth the wait. (Does your kitchen sponge smell? Here’s how to clean it.)

The Whole How-To

Begin by collecting all the removable parts of the oven, which includes the racks and trays. You can even remove the glass window if you’re careful. Next, you’ll need to wrap each piece individually in aluminum foil before submerging them in the bathtub of hot water. If you can’t keep the piece fully submerged, you’ll want to find some weight to put on top. After that, drop a dishwasher tablet on top of each, and voila! (You should always add this one ingredient to your dishwasher.)

After two hours, years of grease and grime will just fall away. If you have some mess that’s a little more stubborn, it shouldn’t take more than a quick wipe to get back that brand new shine. If you want to maximize your results, let the concoction sit for a little longer.

Does It Really Work?

If you’re not so sure about this method, you’re not the only one. Luckily, plenty of satisfied users have posted their glowing results on Facebook, and the hack has been given a universal thumbs up. With no damage sustained by the bathtub and a glittery like-new oven, what’s not to love? If you’d like to give this hack a try, we encourage you to share your results on Facebook and join a community of hackers making life just a little bit easier.

Next, check out these 11 brilliant cleaning shortcuts lazy people will appreciate.
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