Silicone is a smooth malleable material that comes in handy when baking. You can make it to any shape you like, such as a cupcake pan that makes cupcakes looks like individual roses. Silicone bakeware is made to be non-stick, however, after many uses you may find that it becomes sticky and sometimes coated with pieces of stuck-in food. Following a few simple cleaning techniques will get your silicone bakeware looking as good as new.
Before you can clean your silicone bakeware, you must soften any pieces of stuck-on food. Fill your dish pan up with hot water, and 1 tbsp. of liquid dish soap. Set your silicone bakeware in the soapy water for 10 to 15 minutes. This is long enough for the food to become soft enough that you can just wipe the stuck-on food away. Note: The water should completely cover the piece of bakeware.
Washing by Hand
After you have removed all the pieces of stuck-on food, you can tackle cleaning the silicone bakeware. If you used a cooking spray before baking with your silicone bakeware, you may notice a greasy film. You can remove this film with a dish soap that is made to cut grease. Squirt two drips of the grease-fighting dish soap on a wash rag and wipe down the bakeware. You can wash your bakeware with just the soapy water in the dish pan if you did not use any cooking spray. Rinse the silicone bakeware off with warm water and set in a dish rack to dry.
You do not need to wash silicone bakeware by hand. It is dishwasher safe. You will need to soak the silicone bakeware first, if it has stuck-on food attached to it. Dishwashers clean dishes but they don't scrub them. Set your silicone bakeware in the dishwasher along with enough dishes to fill the dishwasher. Add your normal amount of soap in the soap dispenser and run through the washing cycle. Open the door to the dishwasher and wait for the bakeware to dry before putting it away.
Unsafe Cleaning Products
According to the Simply Smart Living website, not all cleaners are safe to use when washing silicone bakeware. Abrasive soaps can damage the non-stick finish by causing scratches. Scouring pads used for removing stuck-on foods have the same effect. You should avoid these products at all costs if you want your silicone bakeware to last a long time.
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