Monthly Archives: December 2014

Effortlessly Clean Baking Sheets for Under $2

This was one of the most inexpensive and effortless ways I found to clean baking sheets; and I wanted to share with all of you.

On Thanksgiving, we had an apple pie that bubbled over onto our very well-used baking sheet. Soap and water removed the sticky residue from the baking sheet of commercial non-stick baking spray~and I tried all the traditional methods of scrubbing the baking sheet to get the bubbled pie filling off (until my arms felt like they would fall off, lol). However, I couldn’t get them to that pristine “brand new” look. So here’s what I did…
I bought 3 simple and cheap items
*Baking soda, it’s just $0.49 at my Aldi
*Hydrogen peroxide (I think the brand I have is from Walmart but I know Walgreens has them for $0.33 on sale very often)
*SOS pads or you could use regular steel wool also. My dollar tree sells the generic scrub buddies soap pads for $1 per box (musch less expensive than brand name SOS pads).

So there you go! That is everything you’ll need to get these results that I got on my baking sheet. That’s under $2 if you shop at the suggested stores I did.

Alright, so now you’ve got all your ingredients~Are you ready to get cleaning?

You will make a mixture of the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide ~In a small bowl, Add about 2 TBSP peroxide to 1 cup of baking soda (please note: the amounts may vary and/or you may have to make more than 1 “batch” of the paste, depending on the size of the baking sheet you’re cleaning).

Slowly add the hydrogen peroxide to the baking soda; I promise, there won’t be any volcanic eruptions in your kitchen. Ha! Ha! As you add the peroxide to the baking soda, a paste will form. Mix it up and make a nice spreadable paste~be sure it’s not too runny and not too thick, I’d compare the desired consistency to school glue. When I made my paste, I noticed that the paste separates a bit, the upper layer will be more watery and the lower layer will be a thicker solid, keep it stirred and don’t let it sit in the bowl too long.

Next, pour and spread the mixture over the baking sheet so it’s evenly distributed across the whole sheet (or if you end up doing half of the sheet at a time to compare the results as I did, just cover one half of the sheet with the paste and do the other half after you’ve cleaned the first half).

Now in my opinion, the hard parts done~the mixing & spreading (and that really wasn’t hard, to be honest was it?) Let the sheet stand overnight with the paste on the sheet or about 6-8 hours (the longer it sits the easier it will be to clean). After you let it sit, you want the paste to be completely hardened~ it should look almost powdery again like the baking soda. Once it’s hard you can do one of two things a.) either rub the paste off and dump into the trash or b.) rinse it off in the sink, if you go with option “A” you’ll still have to remove some of the paste via sink.

Last step… take your SOS pad, soap pad, or steel wool and scrub the baking sheet, some areas such as the sides or stain areas could be a bit trickier but this took me no more then about a minute to scrub off.

After completing this simple process… BAM! you’ve got yourself a practically brand new (to you) baking sheet!

 

My very well used and pie stained baking sheet.


The 3 ingredients you’ll need: hydrogen peroxide, SOS pads, and baking soda.


Add baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to a small bowl, I promise no volcanic eruption in your kitchen. You want to make sure that it’s a nice spreadable paste not too runny and not too thick, I’d compare the consistency to school glue.


Pour and spread the mixture over the baking sheet so it’s evenly distributed across the whole sheet (or if you end you doing it how I did to compare results, just cover one half and do the other after you’ve cleaned the first half).


I let the sheet sit overnight or about 6-8 hours (the longer it sits, the easier it will be to clean). Let it stand long enough so the paste becomes completely hardened~and as it hardens, it should look almost powdery again like the baking soda. Once it’s hard you can do one of two things either rub off the paste into the trash or rinse it off in the sink, if you go with option one you’ll still have to remove some of the paste via sink.

Last step take your SOS pad, soap pad, or steel wool and scrub baking sheet, some areas such as the sides or stain areas could be a bit trickier but this took me no more then about a minute.


Once I finished the first half I moved on and did the same thing on the other side.


The completely finished brand new looking baking sheet.