Cleaning
Mom shares how to make dirty sheet pans look sparkling new again
Clean those sheet pans and keep them clean!
Eduardo Gaskell
11.14.21

Sheet pans are super versatile cookware pieces that can be used from homes to restaurants. Really useful especially when baking or cooking big batches for lots of people.

They are some of the most well-loved kitchen items, as well as being some of the dirtiest. And they can be a pain to clean.

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Don’t toss them aside or get rid of them though.

Scrubbing and soaking never seems to rid the pans of all those stubborn stains. Which means it’s time to try something new. Don’t bother burning your arms out.

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Baking Soda and Vinegar

These are really cheap if you need to buy them, but chances are you already have both in a cupboard.

  • Just add equal parts baking soda and white vinegar in a sink filled with hot water.
  • Submerge those pans and let them soak for between 30 minutes to an hour.
  • Using the coarse side of a sponge, scrub those stubborn stains away in a circular motion. There may be a few scratches on the surface after.
  • Scrub until you are satisfied then hand wash the pan with soap and water in order to get rid of the vinegar smell. Dry it immediately to avoid rust.
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Dryer Sheets

They really work on those stubborn pans!

  • Find a counter or use a sink for the sheet pan. Add a dryer sheet or two with dish soap, then fill up the pan with warm water. Allow it to sit for 2 or 3 hours.
  • Throw out the dryer sheets and dump the water. Anything still stuck should be easily removed with soap and water. Use a sponge for that extra muscle.
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Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda

If you have a cabinet or drawer dedicated to medical supplies then you have hydrogen peroxide. Or run down to the nearest pharmacy. They’re pretty cheap to buy. Peroxide makes cleaning dirty sheet pans really easy.

Be careful though as this method can be too harsh for those sheet pans with non-stick coatings.

  • Begin by mixing hydrogen peroxide and baking soda in to a sticky paste.
  • Go ahead and spread the paste across the pan’s surface. It gets a bit messy but let it sit for 2 or 3 hours.
  • Grab a sponge and wipe away the soda and peroxide paste. You won’t need to do any hard scrubbing for this one.
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Maintaining clean sheet pans.

Once you’ve figured out which method works best for you and those dirty pans, you’ll have to maintain them so they stay clean. The easiest and simplest way to keep those presently clean pans is with the use of parchment paper or aluminum foil when you use them.

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Make it a habit to do so when you cook. And don’t worry about seeing scratches and stains. That only means your pans are being put to good use, which also means the kitchen remains busy.

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Try out those cleaning tips and see which one works best for you!

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By Eduardo Gaskell
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Eduardo Gaskell is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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