How to Revive a Grimy Baking Sheet

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Discover the best way to clean baking sheets and get rid of baked-on gunk. Follow these steps to make them look brand-new.

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. (Or, you can try Taste of Home’s nonstick baking sheets to keep the grime away in the first place!)

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 tableTaste of Home

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.

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Lauren Rearick
Lauren Rearick is a freelance writer/editor based out Pittsburgh, specalizing in arts, entertainment, music, health and wellness as well as lifestyle writing. Her work has appeared in CNN Opinions, The Huffington Post, Reader's Digest, Teen Vogue, Travel + Leisure, the Pittsburgh City Paper, Vinyl Me Please, Hello Giggles and more.

She founded the music blog, The Grey Estates, which was selected as one of the top 100 indie music blogs by Style of Sound. In 2016, she was recognized with a Keystone State Press Award for a personality profile.