Simplify the Season : How to Clean Baking Sheets + Pans in 5 Minutes

How to Clean Baking Pans in 5 Minutes via Clean Mama

I’m gearing up for some major baking this month, if you are too, this post is for you.  I took inventory of my baking sheets and pans and realized that my baking pans looked pretty pitiful.  Lots of baked on stains – they’re clean, but the stainless steel was nothing close to appetizing.  I tried a couple solutions I found online and nothing worked, so I came up with my own simple ‘remedy’ to clean them.  Two ingredients and a little elbow grease cleaned them up in a couple minutes.  Easy peasy.  (Please note: this is NOT for coated or non-stick baking sheets and pans.)

Here’s what you need to clean your baking sheets and pans:

  • Bon Ami powder (you can try baking soda too, but the Bon Ami worked a little more quickly and effectively for my icky pans)
  • Aluminum Foil – crumpled up (I use aluminum foil to clean glass baking dishes with caked on food, so I thought it might be a workable fix and it is!)
  • Paper towels
  • Water to make a paste

Gather your ingredients and follow these super simple steps:

Simple Steps to Clean Baking Pans via Clean Mama

Wash thoroughly with soap and water and repeat if necessary and start baking!

Wash with Soap + Water via Clean Mama

And because everyone loves a good before and after….

Baking Pans Before + After via Clean Mama

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  1. I’ve had pretty good luck with a paste of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. I’ve left it longer than five minutes, but I’m not sure if that makes a difference. And I’ve used a plastic scrubber.

  2. Omg this is great I must try this!

  3. Um. This just changed my life. Thank you!

  4. I’m a big fan of soaking in hot water and napi-san, it takes nearly zero elbow grease but you need to be able to soak for a few hours.

  5. Thanks! I have a pan I need to clean. Going to try it right now, although I only have baking soda.

  6. Becky in Georgia says:

    Thank you! I will try this. I didn’t want to volunteer to bring my pans to our guild luncheon because they look so bad. Hopefully this will do the job.

  7. AgnesHejna says:

    Doesn’t that scratch the finish on the pan?I found once the finish is scratched on the pan it doesn’t bake very well.


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