Not only are freshly baked goods a treat for the whole family, they fill the entire house with that sweet, comforting aroma. But the joy can get cut short when you scoop the goodies from your sheet pan onto a separate plate and find burnt-on crumbs and greasy, dark brown splotches left behind.
A standard cleaning with dish soap and water usually won't do the trick when cleaning cookie sheets with baked-on grease, charred chunks of who-knows what and stains. Other cleaners, even if they claim to be biodegradable, can be harmful if ingested or inhaled. Even the familiar baking soda and vinegar or baking soda and hydrogen peroxide mixtures 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 cookie sheets when it comes time for a deep cleaning. The orally non-toxic, non-abrasive formula powers out grime and cuts through grease and oil to clean burnt cookie sheets without bleach or harsh chemicals.
Directions for Cleaning Cookie Sheets:
- Wipe away excess. Using a paper towel, wipe away excess grease or solid residue from the cookie sheet.
- 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 cookie sheet is aluminum, use a scrubbing pad. Scrub a stainless steel cookie sheet with a scouring pad or steel wool. If your baking sheet 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.