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How to Clean Cookie Sheets: Tips and Tricks

Cookie sheets are an essential kitchen tool for anyone who loves baking. However, after multiple uses, they can become caked with grime and stubborn stains, making them challenging to clean. If you're looking for ways to get your cookie sheets looking like new again, you've come to the right place. In this article, we will provide you with easy-to-follow tips and tricks for cleaning your cookie sheets.

What You'll Need:

To get started, you will need a few basic items:

Items Quantity
Baking soda 1 cup
Vinegar 1/2 cup
Warm water 1/2 cup
Dish soap 1-2 tablespoons
Sponge or brush 1


Now that you have everything you need let's get started:

  1. Mix baking soda, vinegar, and warm water in a bowl to form a paste.
  2. Spread the paste over the cookie sheet, making sure to cover all the stained and dirty areas.
  3. Leave the paste on the sheet for 30 minutes or more, depending on the severity of the stains.
  4. Use a sponge or brush to scrub the sheet gently, ensuring you remove all the grime and stains.
  5. Rinse the cookie sheet with warm water and dry it with a clean towel.

If the stains persist, you can try the following methods:

Using Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide:

  1. Make a paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide in equal parts.
  2. Apply the paste to the stained areas and leave it for 30 minutes or more.
  3. Scrub the sheet with a sponge or brush gently.
  4. Rinse the cookie sheet with warm water and dry it with a clean towel.

Using Ammonia:

  1. In a large plastic bag, mix a quarter cup of ammonia and warm water.
  2. Put the cookie sheet in the bag and seal it. Leave it for at least 12 hours.
  3. Remove the cookie sheet from the bag and rinse it with warm water.
  4. Dry it with a clean towel.

Be careful when handling ammonia and make sure the room is well-ventilated.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Use a non-abrasive sponge or brush to avoid scratching the surface of the sheet.
  • Soak the sheet in warm water before applying any cleaning solution to soften the stains.
  • Use a Magic Eraser to remove stubborn stains.
  • Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil before baking to prevent stains from sticking to the sheet.
  • Regularly clean your cookie sheet after every use to avoid tough stains from building up.
  • If you have a self-cleaning oven, you can place the cookie sheet inside and run the cleaning cycle to remove any stains.


1. Can I use steel wool to clean my cookie sheet?

No, steel wool can scratch the surface of your cookie sheet and cause damage. It's best to use a non-abrasive sponge or brush to clean it gently.

2. Can I clean my cookie sheet in the dishwasher?

It depends on the material of your cookie sheet. Aluminum sheets can discolor and warp in the dishwasher, so it's better to wash them by hand. However, stainless steel cookie sheets are dishwasher safe, but it's still best to check the manufacturer's instructions before cleaning.

3. How often should I clean my cookie sheet?

You should clean your cookie sheet after every use to prevent tough stains from building up. If the stains are still visible after cleaning, you can repeat the cleaning process until the sheet is clean.


Cleaning your cookie sheet can be a daunting task, but with the right tools and techniques, it's easy to get your sheet looking like new again. Remember to use non-abrasive tools, soak the sheet before applying any cleaning solution, and be patient when removing stubborn stains. With these tips and tricks, you'll be able to enjoy baking with a clean and shiny cookie sheet every time!

Thanks for reading! Check out our other articles on baking and cooking for more helpful tips and tricks.