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Is there any fix for discolored oven racks?

by Karen
(Chicago, IL, USA)

I left my oven racks in the self-cleaning cycle yesterday and now they are darkish looking, not silver anymore.


I presume they are stainless steel. Is there any way to restore them to the original color? I've tried using Brasso so far with no change.

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Mar 14, 2016
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Discolored Oven Racks
by: Tara@Clean-Organized-Family-Home

If your range manual recommends it, you may leave the oven racks in for the cleaning cycle with this caveat: They may discolor, lose their shine, and become hard to slide in and out. Unfortunately, you learned this the hard way.

There may be hope: Try rubbing the racks with a soapy steel wool pad. Rinse and dry. Rub a few drops of olive oil on the edges for easier sliding.

In the future, it's probably better to take racks out before running the auto cleaning cycle and clean them by hand.

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Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.