How to Get Baked on Food Off a Cookie Sheet


Cookie sheets go through a lot of wear and tear, and baked-on foods will begin to accumulate. Cookie sheets need to be cleaned carefully because abrasive cleaners can scratch the surface. Nonstick cookie sheets can lose their nonstick coating if you do not care for them properly, and if this happens food will stick to them. Instead of throwing your cookie sheet away because of baked-on food, you can salvage it with the right cleaning ingredients and restore it close to its original condition.

Things You'll Need

  • Salt
  • 1 qt. warm water
  • 2 tbsp. liquid dish soap
  • Plastic scraper
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Non-abrasive sponge
  • Dampen the baked-on food stains with water. Sprinkle salt onto the area, and allow it to sit for 10 minutes.

  • Rinse the salt from the cookie sheet. Wash the cookie sheet to remove loose food and residue. Wash the cookie sheet in 1 qt. of warm water with 2 tbsp. of liquid dish soap.

  • Scrape off food debris with a plastic scraper while the sheet remains wet. Avoid using metal scrapers because they will scratch the sheet.

  • Sprinkle baking soda over the baked-on food. Pour vinegar over the baking soda so that it foams. Scrub the cookie sheet with a non-abrasive sponge.

  • Rinse the cookie sheet with clean water. Repeat the process until you remove the baked-on food.

  • Allow the cookie sheet to air dry. Store the cookie sheet away from other bakeware to prevent accidentally scratching the surface.

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