If elbow grease, steel wool and a long soak in soapy water isn’t getting your old baking pans clean, they need some extra-strength help. Luckily, that doesn’t mean you have to use harsh chemicals with fumes that make you cough. In fact, chances are good that you may already have just the thing in your kitchen. If you bake, you almost certainly have what you need, but if not, you may just have the secret cleaning ingredient in your fridge.
Things You'll Need
- Baking soda
- Dish gloves
- Steel wool
- White vinegar (optional)
Pour a thin layer of baking soda directly on top of the baked-on "gunk" on your baking pans. Baking soda should be applied thickly enough that you cannot see the gunk through it, but not so high that it forms small mounds. Put on your dish gloves.
Drizzle a little bit of water at a time onto the baking soda. Rub with your gloved fingers until the baking soda and water form a paste, with a consistency similar to toothpaste. Do not use too much water, or the paste will not form.
Cover the entire area of baked-on debris with the baking soda paste. Allow it to sit for one hour.
Scrub your old baking pans clean using steel wool, under warm running water.
Repeat the process if necessary. Add a little white vinegar to the baking soda paste for stubborn, unresponsive debris.