How to Clean Baking Sheets Like a Pro

Baking can be a sure way to bring happiness to anyone at virtually any time. Not only are the results of baking enjoyable, but the baking process itself can be fun as well. Still, one thing that can make baking less enjoyable is the cleanup process. While this is usually relatively straight forward, there can be times when spills or accidents can cause extra work. Baking sheets can especially be prone to this as any spills will bake onto the baking sheet, making it a nightmare to remove. This article will present a method for cleaning even the most stubborn of burnt on messes from any baking sheet with ease and confidence.

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Step 1- Cover the baking sheet with baking soda

Place the baking sheet on a flat surface and allow it to cool. Once the sheet is room temperature, cover it with an even layer of baking soda. Make sure that the areas most in need of cleaning are well covered.

Step 2- Cover the baking soda with hydrogen peroxide

Once you have coated the baking sheet with baking soda, pour a healthy amount of hydrogen peroxide on top. You will want to fill the baking sheet with hydrogen peroxide to just about the top, as this will help to clean the sides of the sheet as well as the base. It is imperative that you let the baking sheet cool down before this process, as a hot sheet can cause the hydrogen peroxide to boil or scold.

Step 3- Cover with more baking soda

After you add the hydrogen peroxide, add another healthy layer of baking soda. This will help to create the chemical reaction that will virtually lift any burnt on residue right off of the baking sheet. Add a generous amount, as this will help speed up the results.

Step 4- Allow the pan to sit

As this is a chemical reaction cleaning method, the next thing you need to do is to let nature take its course. Let the baking sheet sit for about two hours before cleaning it any further. The longer you let it sit is the more the formula will break down any residue or spillage. Thus, the longer it sits, the better the results.

Step 5- Clean out the baking sheet

After the baking sheet has sat for two hours, empty the contents into the sink. Next, take a scrubbing sponge or a coarse rag and wipe down the baking sheet thoroughly. Don’t use metal brushes to scrub as these can scratch the baking sheet and cause it to rust. A simple plastic coated sponge or rag will suffice.


Using this method to clean a heavily soiled baking sheet will prove useful every time. The chemical reaction of the hydrogen peroxide and the baking soda will break down any residue, leaving it easy to clean with a sponge or cloth. In the case where one round doesn’t clean the baking sheet thoroughly, repeat the process. It will come clean in the end!