Cookie sheets and other types of bakeware can be frustrating to clean, especially the baked on grease and cooking sprays. This is guide about cleaning cookie sheets and bakeware.
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Put the old cookie sheet in the sink add a little water and add some baking soda and peroxide.Leave it soak for about 1 hour and the grime should wipe right off.
By coville123 from brockville, ontario
I have two young boys and a very busy life, I found keeping nonstick foil on my cookie sheets and storing them in the oven to be both a money and time saver. I have two cookie sheets; one large and one smaller one. I store them lined with nonstick foil at all times in the oven.
I take them out to preheat the oven and then put whatever I am cooking directly on them and this saves on time since they are always ready to go, space in my cabinets and since I can just re-use them without washing, or remove the foil if it is dirty, and then not have to wash the cookie sheet. This tip saves money and time.
By Cheryllynn from Smithsburg, MD
I was making coffee cake muffins and the brown sugar dripped down into the cups. I filled the tins with water and stuck it back in the hot oven until the oven cooled. Then I took the tin out and washed with soap and water. The baked on sugar was removed with ease.
I even used the method with the bread pans. It works great when you spray them, it loosens the grease and gets rid of the greasy sticky feeling.
By Alice from West Brandywine, PA
Do you have broiler pans or cookie sheets that have build up on them so bad that no matter how hard you scrub them it will not come off? Don't worry, my husband showed me a way to clean them where I don't even have to touch them. Do you have a oven with a self cleaning feature? Well if you do, the next time you fire that puppy up, place your broiler pan, cookie sheet or any solid metal pan in there before you start (no nonstick please) and let the oven do all the work for you.
When the oven is done, just let the pan cool and wipe with a damp cloth. There ya go, shiny as the day you bought it. It costs so much in electricity to clean your oven you might as well get more bang for your buck.
By Melissa from Greeneville T.N.
Aluminum cookie sheets do much better if you just wash them in the sink. Do not put in dishwasher ever or scrub hard with a metal scrubber. After awhile, your cookie sheets will turn black and be "seasoned" like cast iron and will be practically non-stick.
By littlegamma from Southern, AL
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Here are questions related to Cleaning Cookie Sheets and Bakeware.
I have heard that you can put your cookie sheets in your self-cleaning oven with no problem and they come out as good as new. Is this really safe? My pans have a lot of black residue on them from constant use and my new oven gets really hot when it cleans. I do not want a flash fire in my oven when I clean!
Thanks for your help,
Marion from Ontario, Canada
Putting all metal cookie sheets in a self cleaning oven really does work and it does nothing to the oven. The oven heats at temperatures so high that it literally turns anything to ash. That includes all the build up on the cookies sheets. It is perfectly safe and so much easier than any other method.
How do you get off cooked on grease from the new ceramic bakeware and off of Corningware bakeware? I do not use a cooking or baking spray on these, but the grease always seem to fly and bakes on the rim and the outside of the pans. I won't use the Corningware since my hubby thinks they should be spotless and I cannot get them clean!
By Mary from Hamilton, ON
By Mary 02/13/2011
I tried the dishwasher soap and it worked great!
I may try some other ideas after I run out of the soap!
I just burnt my grandmother's new cookie sheets while baking cookies. How can I clean them?
By MaKenzie from Norwood, MA
By Maryeileen 02/28/2011
Someone asked what she used them for. If you read her post carefully, she said that she burned the cookie sheets. Depending on what they are made of, you could soak them in hot, soapy water for awhile, scrub them, and then put them in the dishwasher.
I put my old cookie sheets in the self cleaning oven to clean them. Now I have black spots all over them. What do I do to get rid of them?
By Tim B. 
By Pixiedust7 05/24/2015
In the past, I have used a paste of either Bon Ami or Barkeeper's Friend, and a bit of elbow grease, to scrub spots and baked on stains from aluminum and steel cookie sheets. Just sprinkle some of the powder on the spots, moisten with a drop or two of water, and scrub with a sponge, scrubber or whatever. It usually works.
I washed my Wilton cakepans in the dishwasher now they are discolored are they safe to use now?
They are just discolored and will still work fine. I wouldn't put them in the dishwasher anymore--or any aluminum because the dishwashing detergent can not only discolor the metal, but create "pits" in the surface. You want to keep the surface smooth so they are as easy to clean and as "non-stick" as possible. But the discoloration is only a cosmetic effect.
I have a very good quality cookie sheet. Southern Living sold these I believe at home shows years ago. I used it to cook Texas toast and it is now sticky, even after several washings with dish soap. Can I get rid of the "sticky?"
I have a very good quality baking sheet, it has burnt food on it. I have tried Comet, dish soap, and soaking it; none have worked. What will work?
I would like to know how to clean burned on food on a cookie sheet?
By Lucy G. from Wilmington, MA
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Is there any product that'll clean aluminum tin cookie sheets and pie pans like Easy Off cleans stainless steel and glass? I can't stand the baked on grime anymore!
By Joyce wis
If you don't care too much about them, use steel wool on them. Under running water, very, very lightly scrub the dark brown surface until it flakes away. You'll be able to get most of the guck off. If you are very persnickety about your pans, use a Mr. Clean Eraser and do the same thing. It works more slowly, but you are less likely to scratch or gouge your pans with this product. (08/15/2005)
By Katie A.
I bought new baking sheets and baked some cookies and now the cookies have left stain marks. How do I get them off?
CyndiT from Plainfield, IL
Here's a neat tip I picked up from a ThriftyFun post: place your used, wet SOS pad on a small square of aluminum foil and it will not rust. This works great. It's probably one of the favorite pieces of information I found on this web site. Another tip, do not put aluminum articles in your dishwasher with dishwasher detergent. It will turn them dark and rough. You can however put aluminum in your dishwasher and run a rinse with "water only" to get the surface gunk off. I do this when I'm cooking for a crowd and want to get a lot of pans rinsed so food won't dry on them before I can give them a good washing. They're out of sight, out of the sink and out of my way until after the meal is served. My kitchen is small, with limited counter space so this works very well for me. (12/24/2006)
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