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How To Clean Cookie Sheets

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If burnt cookie sheets are ruining your baking pleasure, try this foolproof method, which uses only two common home items to make your cookie sheets as good as new.

Nothing beats baking a batch of handmade cookies. However, once the excitement of making and eating has worn off, you may be left with sheet pans coated with browned grease—especially if you left the cookies in the oven a little too long or, over the years, Are a little lazy about spicing and sprinkling those pans. Fortunately, there is a simple technique for removing brown, burned muck from most pans (cast iron and carbon steel excluded).

Dish soap isn’t powerful enough to remove deep-seated dirt. However, you can complete the task needing two simple and affordable ingredients: baking soda and hydrogen peroxide (a light disinfectant and oxidant available at any drugstore for less than $3). Hydrogen peroxide is a natural cleaning ingredient that, when combined with baking soda, alkalizes and loosens dirt in ways that conventional cleaners cannot. So keep reading for the correct formula and instructions on how to clean cookie sheets. Make one batch of the mixture outlined below, and you’ll be able to reshape an average-sized pan.

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How To Clean Cookie Sheets

Make Your Solution

Fill any sort of basin with 14 cups of baking soda. Then, a few drops at a time, add the hydrogen peroxide, stirring as you go. (Don’t be alarmed if you notice some fizzing.) Two to three teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide are often required to get the optimum thick paste consistency. If you add a little too much liquid, just add a little more baking soda to balance it out.

Create A Workspace

Place your soiled cookie sheet pan in the sink or a washtub. If you don’t have a large enough basin, set the filthy pan on top of a large old towel on your kitchen counter.

Apply The Paste

Spoon the baking soda-hydrogen peroxide paste onto the business side of the baking sheet, fully coating it. It is not necessary to scrape or work the paste into the pan.

Let It Sit

Allow the paste-covered pan to lie undisturbed for approximately two hours—this is generally enough time for the mixture to dissolve the burnt-on crud.


Start gently scrubbing the pan with warm water and a household sponge (not an abrasive pad, which might harm nonstick surfaces). The brown grime should be loosened substantially. Some difficult areas may still require some elbow grease, but the majority of the muck should be readily removed. Scrub the pan until it sparkles, then rinse with warm water.


Dry the clean pan completely right away. This is a critical step; if you neglect it, you risk getting rust or corrosion.

Repeat As Needed

If the back of the cookie sheet pan is also burned and discolored, repeat all of the procedures on the other side.

You’re now ready to bake some more cookies. Don’t forget to set a timer for this batch! Consider needing parchment paper instead of a thin layer of cooking spray; the former will not leave behind any sticky residue that will burn and clog your dish-washing machine.

Clean Baking Sheets in a Self-Cleaning Oven

Put your damaged baking sheets in the oven and use the self-cleaning cycle as a final resort. When utilizing the self-cleaning feature, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. When the cycle is over and your sheet pans have cooled, wash and dry them with mild soap.

If you are unable to salvage a burned baking sheet, it may be time to acquare new pans. This is especially true if they have been scraped or deformed, or if the nonstick coating has peeled, scratched, or worn away.

How to Clean Cookie Sheets with Baked-On Grease

Baked-on oil can be a pain to remove, but the solutions listed below for each type of sheet pan should help.

Aluminum Steel Cookie Sheets: Heat a cookie sheet with water and a few drops of dish detergent on the stove. For around five minutes, bring the water to a moderate boil. Allow the liquid to completely cool before cleaning the pan with a stainless steel scouring pad to remove any baked-on oil.

Aluminum Cookie Sheets: Sprinkle cream of tartar on top of your baking sheets. Bring the water to a boil on the burner for 5 minutes. This should remove the oil from the pan. Simply rinse and dry any residual residue.

Nonstick Cookie Sheets: Sprinkle baking soda over the top of the cookie sheet. pour vinegar over the baking soda until it begins to bubble. Allow the sheet to dry for 30 minutes. Scrub away any leftover oil with a soft brush. Thoroughly rinse and pat dry.

How to Clean Rust from Cookie Sheets

Using a Potato and Baking Soda or Dish Soap

Peel and cut the potato in half.

Dish soap or baking soda can be used to coat the cut end. You may want to try both to see which is best to utilize.

Rub the potato over the rusty area firmly. Rust will be broken down by the potato’s inherent oxalic acid.

If the potato becomes slippery, cut off the end and re-dip it in the dish soap or baking soda.

Repeat until the rust is gone.

Immediately rinse and dry the pan.

Using Baking Soda

After completely rinsing the sheet, shake it dry so that it is somewhat moist.

Dust the pan lightly with baking soda so that the powder adheres to the leftover water.

Make careful to cover any rusty areas with baking soda.

Allow for 30 minutes of resting time.

Scrub the pan carefully with the baking soda still on it.

Immediately rinse and towel dry everything.

Cleaning Tools That Are Safe to Use on Your Cookie Sheets

Cleaning Aluminized Steel Cookie Sheets

Aluminized steel is a strong material that can endure washing and scouring. I recommend needing a scouring pad, the rough side of a sponge, or steel wool for any of the procedures you employ. It is crucial to note that, while steel wool is excellent at removing stains, it may leave minor scratch marks on your cookware.

Cleaning Aluminum Cookie Sheets

Aluminum baking sheets may be cleaned in the same way as aluminized steel or stainless steel pans can. However, a milder scrubber may be required. To be certain, run the scrubber through a tiny area of the back of your sheet.

Cleaning Nonstick Cookie Sheets

To protect the nonstick coating on your cookie sheet, avoid needing abrasive or steel scrubbers. Rather, use non-abrasive nylon scrubbers. Furthermore, it is suggested that you first cover the cookie sheet with damp paper towels and soak it for an hour. This may be useful for small build-up.

Cleaning Hints for Cookie Sheets

Consider these cleaning and maintenance methods for cookie sheets to avoid the accumulation of food residue, oil, or rust.

To begin, line your pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper to prevent big messes.

To prevent rusting, apply a thin layer of oil to your pan.

To minimize bacteria buildup and rusting, dry cookie sheets promptly after washing.

Hand-wash your cookie sheets as soon as possible after use, if feasible.

Cookie sheets are a fantastic, multi-purpose item to have in any commercial kitchen. Use these ways to extend the life of your equipment and decrease the expense of replacement. Choose the appropriate approach from the list above based on the items you currently have in your kitchen.

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