Baking Dish Cleaning Tests

It’s that time of year, Clean Geeks! The trick-or-treaters are gone and it’s time to start thinking holidays. And that means holiday goodies!

That also means that you’ll probably be taking those holiday goodies to any number of potlucks and parties from now until January, and with them, your baking dishes. I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that I have a few baking sheets and glass dishes that were looking a little worse for the wear, so before I take them to the next party, I’ve tested out a couple of cleaning methods I found online. I’ll start with the success.

My trusty glass dishes barely have any downtime in the cupboard. I’m a big fan of quick, easy casseroles for dinner and an even bigger fan of brownies. Both mean I use a lot of cooking spray to avoid caked-on food, so cleaning most of the pan is a snap. However, no matter how careful I am, I get that persistent layer of baked-on spray on the handles and edges.

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As you can see, definitely not potluck-ready.

I thought I’d put Good Housekeeping’s recommendation to the test and try out their top suggestion for this pesky problem. All you need is dish soap, baking soda (so you know I was excited about this recipe), time and a little elbow grease.

  1. bakingdish2Drizzle a generous helping of dish soap on the stained area.
  2. Sprinkle on a layer of baking soda.
  3. Carefully fill your sink with hot water to soak the dish. You want to be careful not to totally wash off your baking soda and dish soap. I found holding the dish down with one hand while running water in the very corner of the sink worked well. When the water slowly filled the dish, it didn’t take much bakingdish3baking soda with it.
  4. Let soak for about fifteen minutes.
  5. Scrub! I found I didn’t need much scrubbing power and was able to get everything off with my rag.
  6. Rinse clean and admire your handiwork! Potluck-ready!

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So that’s the good news.

I also have some baking sheets that are less than pretty, and I found several websites saying that a soak in a baking soda and hydrogen peroxide paste for a few hours would clear it right up.

I made my paste and let it sit. I was setting myself up for some great before and after pictures, so I only covered half my pan.

cookiesheet2Then, I came back and scrubbed. And scrubbed. And scrubbed. I used a brush. I used a rag. I used the little plastic scraper I have specifically to clean burned spots.

It was not working.

So, I tried adding some of my trusty vinegar to the mix and let it soak longer. Then, I repeated my scrubbing process. I got a little bit more off, but not nearly enough. I wiped the whole thing down and tried the dish soap and baking soda soak from above, with high hopes.

No good.

After hours of soaking, far too much time scrubbing, and maybe a little bit of time pleading with a pan, I present to you my not-so-impressive before and after shot:

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 Before
 

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 After
 

Better, but definitely not great. I still don’t think I’ll be taking this pan out of the house any time soon. Unless, of course, any of you can help. Any tips for sad, stained baking sheets?