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How to Revive a Greasy, Grimy Baking Sheet

Taste of Home logo Taste of Home 6/11/2019 By Lauren Rearick, Freelance Writer
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When it comes to baking, sheet pans are often an essential part of the process. Whether you're whipping up a sheet pan supper for the family or carefully crafting a cranberry-apple slab pie, a chef's cookie pan or sheet is likely to see plenty of wear and tear. Before you throw away a favorite pan because of baked-on cooking grime, try this easy way to clean baking sheets, rimmed or unrimmed. (Ever wonder which pan is best for the job? We've got you covered.) Plenty of cookie-sheet cleaning methods are out there, but one, in particular, makes cleaning a breeze, using products likely already hiding in your kitchen.

How to Clean a Baking Sheet

Dirty baking sheet on a wood table © Taste of Home Dirty baking sheet on a wood table

You'll need:

  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Baking soda
  • A rag or coarse sponge

Step 1: Add baking soda, then hydrogen peroxide. 

Sprinkle some baking soda on the baking pan or sheet. Then follow that up with hydrogen peroxide (see more this wonder cleaner can do!), followed by another sprinkling of baking soda to top it off. The cleaner needs time to work, so we suggest letting it sit for at least two hours. Because the chemicals could be too harsh for some pans' material or coating, do a test run before cleaning the entire cookie sheet, especially if it is made of a specialized material or has a coating of any kind.

This is just one of the clever ways to clean with baking soda.

Step 2: Wipe them away.

Use a rag or sponge to wipe away the homemade cleaner. No hard scrubbing is usually required, but if stains remain, you could do a second application, use a nonscratch scrubber—or both. All you need is a little patience!

(Psst: How dirty is that sponge you used? Here's how to clean it right.)

Step 3: Keep it clean.

Now that your baking sheet and pans are back to looking brand-new, you'll want to keep them that way. Do as our Test Kitchen does and place a sheet of parchment paper or aluminum foil on the pan before you add any food. That's it! The baking sheets will stay gunk free.

Need a New Pan?

If you're ready to give up on that decades-old pan we don't blame you. Our Test Kitchen spend months testing (and retesting) the best brands on the market to find out which sheet pan is truly the best. We're proud to recommend the Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Baker’s Sheet ($18) for its size and durability. Plus, it was easy to clean, too! Learn why it was selected to be our Best Loved Brand.

Note: Every product is independently selected by our editors. If you buy something through our links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

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