Tips&TricksRevolutionary cleaning tips: How to effectively clean your oven baking sheets

Revolutionary cleaning tips: How to effectively clean your oven baking sheets

Dirty oven tray
Dirty oven tray
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5:44 AM EST, February 26, 2024

What many people don't realize is that the kitchen can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Therefore, regularly cleaning and disinfecting kitchen utensils, such as knives, cutting boards, and dishcloths, is incredibly important. This extends to surfaces and equipment used to heat and prepare meals, with the oven being key. Without an oven, we wouldn't be able to bake cakes, prepare a variety of casseroles, or warm and bake various cuts of meat. Often, we place food in the oven on baking sheets, which, over time, can become heavily coated with grime and grease. So, let's find out how to clean a baking sheet effectively!

What's the best way to clean an oven baking sheet?

If you use your oven often, your baking sheet is likely dirty and coated with grease. However, before you begin cleaning, consider the material of your sheet. For instance, if you have an enamel or aluminum-coated sheet, avoid cleaning it with a steel sponge, as this may scratch and damage it. Instead, use a gentle sponge or cloth.

How can you clean an oven baking sheet more effectively? If the stains are just surface-level, traditional cleaning methods such as dish soap and water might suffice. The stains can likely be wiped away with a damp cloth or sponge, followed by a quick rinse with water. To tackle food residue burnt onto the sheets, use...salt. It’s a deceptively simple solution. Just sprinkle salt over the areas with burnt food remnants, then bake the sheet with the salt in the oven at 122°F for about 30 - 60 minutes. Once the salt has turned brown, remove the tray and wipe it with a sponge soaked in warm water.

Can you use denture tablets to clean an oven baking sheet?

Yes, denture tablets can also be effective for cleaning baking sheets. To use them, dissolve a few tablets in warm water and pour the resulting solution over the dirty baking sheet. After placing the tray in the oven, set the temperature to 212°F. There's no need to steam for longer than 60 minutes. Once the tray has cooled, any leftover dirt should easily wash away with clean water.

Keep in mind that aluminum sheets shouldn't be cleaned using these methods. In these cases, try rubbing dried stains with an apple or lemon peel. Leave the peels on the sheet in the oven for a few minutes, then wash the baking sheet with a sponge soaked in warm water for a naturally effective clean.

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