From roasted vegetables to chocolate chip cookies to crispy homemade pizza, baking pans are the "old reliable" of countless tasty meals. Since they’re so versatile, they’re subject to a wide variety of stains and charred-on cookie crumbs, crispy sheets of melted cheese and more.
Baking pan stains can seem impossible to get out, no matter how hard you scrub. Left untreated, that brown, burnt-on greasy residue on your cookie sheets, muffin pans, cake pans or other bakeware can end up affecting the flavor of your culinary creations.
Stuck on food and stains on your sheet pans and bakeware can be persistent, and a standard cleaning with dish soap and water usually won't do the trick. Even the trusted mixture of baking soda and vinegar can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour (and a lot of elbow grease) to start removing gunk.
Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner won't harm you or your baking pans when it comes time for a deep cleaning. The orally non-toxic, non-abrasive formula powers out grime, cuts through grease and oil, and removes difficult stains and caked-on residue without bleach or harsh chemicals.
Directions for Cleaning Baking Pans:
- Wipe away excess. Using a paper towel, wipe away excess grease or solid residue from the baking pan.
- Make a paste. For heavily stained areas, clean pans with a paste of baking soda and Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner. This helps the cleaner stay in place, and acts as an additional abrasive against stains. Allow to sit for 3-5 minutes.
- Fill sink with Simple Green solution. Fill the kitchen sink with enough hot water to submerge the baking sheet, and add about 1 oz. of Simple Green to each cup of water in the sink (or 1 cup Simple Green to 8 cups hot water).
- Soak. Soak the sheet for 3-5 minutes, allowing the cleaner to work through the remaining oils and grease. If your baking sheet doesn't fit into the sink completely, rotate it so that all areas soak for the recommended time. After the 5 minutes, drain your sink. (Bonus: the Simple Green solution will also clean your drain as you empty the sink.)
- Scrub. Scrub away any additional carbon or grease residue. If your pan is aluminum, use a scrubbing pad. Scrub a stainless steel baking pan with a scouring pad or steel wool. If your pan is non-stick, use a nylon scrubber or sponge to scrub in circular motions.
- Wash. Wash and dry as usual.
TIP: Use a sheet of aluminum foil or parchment paper each time you bake to prevent future stains.