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Everyday Cheapskate: How to Clean Baking Sheets so They Look New!

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They come in sizes big and small, rimmed or without sides. We use them to bake just about anything, but mostly cookies. And they can get super grungy with layers of baked- and burnt-on grease, resulting in ugly stains and residue buildup.

Does any of this sound familiar to you? If so, I have good news. Your baking sheets can be cleaned and restored -- even back to the way they looked when new.

What follows is a relatively quick and easy way to get rid of baked-on grease, stubborn food residue and even rust on any type of baking sheet -- aluminized steel, aluminum and nonstick -- as well as cleaning and maintenance tips to keep them sparkling clean.


Sprinkle equal amounts of washing soda and cream of tartar onto the baking sheet.

Pour a small amount of very hot water on top of the sheet.


Mix the ingredients into a thick paste.

Spread the paste evenly across the pan, making sure to cover all of the gunk and grime.

Let sit for 20 minutes.

Scrub stains with a nonabrasive scrubbing pad, like Scotch-Brite heavy duty for aluminized steel or nonscratch for aluminum and stainless steel.


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