Pinterest Experiment: Baking Sheet Cleaning

I have been finding a lot of natural, easy cleaning tips on Pinterest. I wanted to see if they stood up to the test. I found this pin connecting to an article at One Good Thing by Jillee. I was excited because I have a cookie sheet that has turned into a mess. I reserved this for messy foods and reheating leftovers. Of course I didn’t take a decent photo of it before I started my project… imagine the center of my finished project all over the cookie sheet.

The Process:

  1. Sprinkle cookie sheet with baking soda.
  2. Spray hydrogen peroxide on the baking soda.
  3. Sprinkle more baking soda on top of moist baking soda.
  4. Let sit for several hours. I let mine sit for 4 hours.
  5. Spray baking soda periodically with hydrogen peroxide.
  6. Clean with water in the sink. Scrub with a brush, if needed.

The photo below was taken about an hour in. You can see the process working and the paste turning brown.

I placed the pan in my sink and scrubbed with a sturdy scrubber and a little bit of water. I had some progress with the lighter areas.

I did not have so much luck with the center where the stains were more intense.

My conclusion, this looks like it will work on sheets that aren’t as far gone as mine is. Keep up with the stains. 🙂

In the end, I didn’t lose this sheet but I won’t be using it to make cookies, either. I will continue to use it to make baked potatoes and cover it with foil when baking food.

Let me know if you try this process and if it works for you!

Note: Spray nozzles fit on pretty much all bottle containers. I popped this on to the hydrogen peroxide bottle to evenly distribute the liquid.

Note #2: Use the left over baking soda from the sheet to scrub your sink! This way you can use your cleaner for cleaning two things.

4 thoughts on “Pinterest Experiment: Baking Sheet Cleaning

  1. Diane says:

    I tried it too it failed on mine too What did work. was I threw mine in when it wad self cleaning my oven with no cleaners came out perfect no stains and mine was real bad.wished I’d done both pans now instead of just one.

  2. Erica C. says:

    Be VERY careful about putting your pans in the oven during the cleaning setting. During it’s run the oven will heat to around 900 degrees. Most non-commercial grade pans can only handle around 450 or so. This high temp can cause the pans to warp, or worse, to break down, and potentially leach toxins into your foods when used.
    In general, I strongly recommend NOT cleaning pans, cookie sheets, etc using the oven’s clean cycle.

    However, cast iron is ok, the heat will break down the pan’s coating. From here you can just re-season the pan, and you are good to go.

    Hope this helps!
    Erica

    • Lindsay says:

      Thanks Erica, that’s good to know.

      I think the best thing is to to keep up with it and not let the pan get as bad as it did. 🙂 I do have new cookies sheets that I treat like babies.

      However, if you saw my pizza stone… let’s just say it’s seasoned. 🙂

      Best,
      Lindsay

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