There is a ton of dirt and junk that comes on a potato (it does grow in dirt) so make sure and scrub it with a veggie brush, hard sponge or good strong elbow grease.
Step 2: Poke the potato
Flip the potato over several times, poking it with the tines of a fork.
Place potatoes directly on rack, either in foil or coated in oil. Bake it the oven on 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour and 15 minutes, depending on size of potato. Potatoes should be brown and crispy (if oil coated) and soft and squishy on the inside.
Step 5: Enjoy the potato!!