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How to Make Your Baking Sheets Look New Again

Woman placing cut out cookies on a baking sheet

December 2022


Whether you cook for yourself every day or just occasionally, one of the things about the holiday season is that almost everyone does some cooking and baking. And if you haven’t touched your baking sheets since you made cookies last December, you may have noticed a lot of set-in stains and charred areas. Or maybe you burned a batch of this year’s cookies and added some new “patina” to your pans.

If you do a little research, you’ll come up with countless methods to get that gunk off your pans. There’s baking soda and foil, cream of tartar, vinegar and baking soda, not to mention all the cleaning products you can find in stores. While they all work to some degree, there’s nothing we’ve found that works better than baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. We love it not just because it works so well, but because the really hard work is done overnight by the baking soda and peroxide.

Here’s how…

  • Start by generously sprinkling baking soda over the entire surface of the pan
  • Next, spray hydrogen peroxide over the baking soda until it is fully wet
  • Let the pan sit overnight
  • Then, use a plastic or silicone spatula to scrape off the baking soda mixture
  • Wash the pan in warm, soapy water with a scrubby sponge. You’ll be amazed at what little effort it takes to remove the stains and baked-on residue.

At Erie Station Village, the kitchens in our apartments and townhomes are fully equipped with all appliances, beautiful counters, and real wood cabinetry.  We think of the kitchen as the heart of every home and want to make sure our residents can fully enjoy the experience of cooking.