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The raised edges, flat and smooth surfaces of the cookie sheets are the ideal ones for baking. From roasted vegetables to chewy chocolate chip cookies, these sheets are a must for the baking process. The heavy and frequent use of the sheet pans build-up residue and ugly stains in it. If you want to know how to clean baking sheets filled with food particle deposits, grease or rust, here are a few methods that you may follow. But, all the methods cannot be applied to all type of pans.

The yummy cookies on the baking sheet.

While cleaning cookie and baking sheets, you must be aware of the best and the safest method to use for cleaning your pan. A table below help you to understand the best cleaning method to use for aluminized steel, aluminum, and non-stick pans.
Method: Aluminized Steel Aluminum Non-Stick
Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide Yes No No
Baking soda and vinegar Yes Yes No
Ammonia Yes No No
Aluminum Foil Yes No No
Washing Soda and Cream of Tartar Yes Yes Yes
Water and Baking Soda Yes Yes Yes
  There are various methods of cleaning cookie and baking sheets. Some of them are-

How to Clean Baking Sheets with Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide

Make a paste by mixing hydrogen peroxide and baking soda and cover the pan with a layer of this paste. Leave it for 2-3 hours and then wipe it using water and a paper towel. Scrub the pan thoroughly and then use the regular dishwashing soap and water to clean any leftover residue. Although it is a great cleaning hack, it is sometimes too time-consuming.

How to Clean Baking Sheets with Vinegar and Baking Soda

Cookies ready for baking in the sheet.

To clean cookie and baking sheets, take vinegar and baking soda in equal quantity. First, put the baking soda on the cookie tray and spread it across evenly. Then, put the vinegar in the tray and let the two ingredients start reacting. Fill the sink with hot water; dip the baking tray into the water and leave it for at least 40 – 60 minutes. After soaking it in the hot water, take steel wool or scouring pad to remove the stubborn grime. Finally, wash it with water and daily use soap. There are several other creative uses of baking soda and vinegar for cleaning that you can check out on our blog.

How to Clean Baking Sheets with Ammonia

One of the most effective ways of removing stains and food particles from the baking trays is ammonia. Although, it is one of the best methods, cleaning baking sheets with ammonia is time-consuming and involves using harsh chemicals. In order to clean the cookie sheet with ammonia, place it in a plastic bag, pour ammonia, and seal the bag. Let the ammonia react with the grease and food particles by placing the plastic bag in the sun for an entire day. The next day, open the bag without breathing in the ammonia and take the pans out. Finally, use the steel wool to scrub the pans and wash it with water.

Clean Cookie and Baking Sheets with Aluminum Foil

Aluminum foil to clean the baking sheet.

If you want to know how to clean baking sheets with aluminum foil, soak the sheets in the water for long hours and then remove and dry it. Next, take aluminum foil in a few bunches and make a ball out of it to scrub the stuck-on and burnt food. Lastly, rinse the cookie sheet with soap and water.

Use Washing Soda and Cream of Tartar to Clean Cookie and Baking Sheets

For cleaning the baking sheets, sprinkle washing soda and cream of tartar and then pour some hot water on it. Make a paste with these ingredients, spread it over the pan, and let it sit for around 15-20 minutes. Use a non-abrasive cleaning pad to scrub the stains and leftovers and rinse the pan with water and soap.

Clean Cookie and Baking Sheets with Baking Soda and Water

Make a paste with water and baking soda and cover the sheet with it. Let it sit for 30-40 minutes and then use a nylon scrubber to rub the stains on the sheet. Once the spots are gone, wash and dry it carefully.


When your baking and cookie sheet pans are back to looking brand new, you can understand how to clean baking sheets keeping the above methods in mind on a regular basis. These are the great ways to ensure the longevity of the cookie sheets and it also helps in reducing the cost for replacement.

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