How to Clean Baking Sheets with Baking Soda

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Sugar cookies, roasted vegetables, one-pan dinners…your trusty baking sheet has done it all. Which explains why it’s looking so gross and patchy these days. But don’t worry, because you can totally bring it back to its former glory using stuff you already have in your cleaning arsenal. Learn how to clean baking sheets using baking soda with these two easy methods.

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1. How to clean baking sheets with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is a well-known cleaning agent—it can tackle anything from blood stains to wine stains and even icky pit stains. Combined with the abrasive effects of baking soda, this method will give your baking sheets the deep scouring they need.

What you’ll need:

  • Baking soda
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Plastic scraper
  • Textured sponge or Magic Eraser

Step 1: Sprinkle a couple of tablespoons of baking soda on the sheet, then add hydrogen peroxide until the baking soda is wet.

Step 2: Let the entire mixture sit for a couple of hours or overnight.

Step 3: Use a scraper to remove the set-in mixture the following day. Clean your sheet with a textured sponge or handy Magic Eraser to scrub out any stubborn gunk.

2. How to clean baking sheets with baking soda and vinegar

Baking soda and white vinegar are the G.O.A.T when it comes to easy-to-access cleaning agents, so if your baking sheet has sustained some stains that just won’t let up, give this method a shot.

What you’ll need:

  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Scouring pad or steel wool

Step 1: Add one part baking soda to two parts white vinegar to form a paste.

Step 2: Spread the paste over the baking sheet and let sit for 30 minutes.

Step 3: Scrub the mixture away with a damp sponge.

Step 4: Rinse the baking sheet and wash with warm soapy water.

3 Tips to Keep Your Baking Sheets Looking Brand New

  1. Line the sheet before each use. Whether you’re making a quick batch of cookies or you’re roasting an array of vegetables, lining your sheet with either aluminum foil or parchment paper will save you from having to scrap off any sticky bits.
  2. Wash immediately after use. Don’t let remaining pieces of food set in before you clean them. Soak the sheet in warm, soapy water immediately after use so any stuck-on food particles don’t get crusty and bake in.
  3. Thoroughly dry sheets immediately after washing. Make sure your baking sheet is bone dry before putting it away since elongated storage in unventilated cupboards is a prime breeding ground for bacteria and rust.

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