With probably about a bazillion different tips and tricks on the internet for getting a cookie sheet/baking pan clean, I decided that I was going to once and for all figure out what worked and didn’t work. I’m not sure why these type of projects really get me excited but they do!! I’ll be the first to admit that I might be a little obsessed with cleaning. Call me nuts but I find it therapeutic!
Since it would probably take me month’s to try all the tips and tricks I found online, I decided to try the tips that included items I already had in my house. Here is the lineup:
This little project, happened to spark the husby’s interest…..specifically the question was….”what are you using the brasso for”…..well let’s just say he is the “safety officer” in our house, and he didn’t think it would be a good idea to use the stuff on a cookie sheet that we put food on…..oh fiddle sticks….as my good friend Nikki always says “safety first” …so with that the brasso didn’t end up making the lineup!
Here is what I started with: (yes this particular baking pan is in bad shape (don’t judge)….but I wanted to find a solution that REALLY worked!! You know a real miracle worker….call me ambitious!
After a little scrubbing here, some rinsing there, more scrubbing…you get the idea…. here is what I learned:
Let’s start with what DIDN”T work:
- Goo Gone
- White Vinegar
What kinda worked/ had potential:
- Bar Keepers Friend: But it required a lot of muscle…..a good workout I suppose….but in the end the pan wasn’t spotless by a long shot…just slightly better.
- Baking Soda + Hydrogen Peroxide: This trick definetely showed the most improvement in the condition of the pan, but as you can see below didn’t get the pan sparkly clean either.
After a little bit of thought I decided that maybe some pans are just too far gone, but that doesn’t mean these little tips didn’t work. So I thought I’d give the Baking Soda + Hydrogen Peroxide trick one last try with a more reasonable looking cookie sheet. Here is what I started with:
At first I mixed up a paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, but then it dawned on me that there was an easier way to do this. Remember: KEEP IT SIMPLE PEOPLE….so instead of trying to rub a bunch of paste onto the cookie sheet in an even layer etc, I sprinkled the baking soda on the cookie sheet, filled a spray bottle with hydrogen peroxide, and sprayed it right on the baking soda until it was wet.
After about an hour, I rinsed the cookie sheet, and was pleasantly surprised with the results:
The moral of the story…..don’t expect miracles….some cookie sheets/baking pans are just too far gone….if you want sparkling clean …use foil or get a new pan. But if you’re working with a cookie sheet that needs a little extra help, then you can be confident that a little baking soda + hydrogen peroxide will do the trick!