How to Clean a Baking Pan

Restore your cookie sheets or baking pan to looking almost new with just a few ingredients you probably already have! miracle cleaner | scrubs | hydrogen peroxide | baking soda

I thought it was just a fact of life that baking pans eventually get covered in baked on black stuff, and there was basically nothing you could do about it (even with scrubbing with soap and water). We even got rid of 2 baking bans before we moved because they were so bad that I didn’t think they were worth packing up and moving.

However, this recipe works wonders on getting rid of the gunk with very little scrubbing.

What you need:

  • 1/8 cup Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 1/4 cup Baking Soda
  • Aluminum Foil Square

Mix the hydrogen peroxide and baking soda together into a paste and spread on the bottom of your pan. I couldn’t get it to spread evenly, so I focused on the spots around the edges that were the worst. Leave it sitting on your pan for 30 minutes. Once your timer goes off, grab the square of aluminum foil, scrunch it up, and use it to scrub the dirty spots on the pan with the cleaning paste. You’ll see the paste getting dirty as the gunk comes off.

When you’re finished, toss the cleaning paste in the trash and wash your pan with soap and water. You can repeat the process if you think it needs a bit more work.

My pan is only a couple of years old and not super bad. You can see that there’s still a bit of stuff left on the edges, but it’s much better than before!

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  1. AcuDiva says:

    Adding a little fresh lemon juice helps cut grease and generally lessens the amount of scrubbing 🙂

  2. Princess says:

    Thanks for the super helpful tip! I’m about to go try it out right away. I imagine that if we leave the paste on for longer, perhaps overnight, then it might take off more gunk…?

  3. Jess says:

    Wouldnt this ruin your pan of its non stick? I mean the whole scrubbing with foil…

    • Good question…I’m not sure. I usually either use my silicone baking pads or spray with olive oil to help keep it non-stick.

  4. Amanda says:

    Can use fine grain steel wool pads to lessen the impact of scratching non-stick pans 🙂

  5. I find cleaning the gunk off each time it happens with and SOS pad keeps pans looking like new.

  6. Sidney says:

    You can also spray them with a heavy coat of oven cleaner, put them in a black plastic trash bag, and leave them outside for a few hours in a hot summer day. Works like a charm.

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