How to revive a grimy baking sheet

When it comes to baking, cookie pans are often an essential part of the process. Whether you’re whipping up a sheet pan supper for the family or carefully crafting a cranberry-apple slab pie, a chef’s cookie pan or sheet is likely to see plenty of wear and tear. Before you throw away a favorite pan because of baked-on cooking grime, try this easy way to clean baking sheets, rimmed or unrimmed.

Plenty of cookie-sheet cleaning methods are out there, but one in particular makes cleaning a breeze, using products likely already hiding in your kitchen.

You’ll need hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and a rag or coarse sponge.

Step 1: Sprinkle some baking soda on the baking pan or sheet. Then follow that up with hydrogen peroxide, followed by another sprinkling of baking soda to top it off. The cleaner needs time to work, so we suggest letting it sit for at least two hours. Because the chemicals could be too harsh for some pans’ material or coating, do a test run before cleaning the entire cookie sheet, especially if it is made of a specialized material or has a coating of any kind.

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Make a habit of putting at least one thing away when you enter a different room in your house. 

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Spray an all-purpose cleaner every time you shower. This will prevent mildew build up and ensure you never have to an entire two hours to clean your showers.

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Opt for a shower gel or body wash instead of using a bar of soap to avoid extra shower scum. Bath & Body Works has a Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte variation perfect for this season. 

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Get rid of pet hair (and your own) by wiping all your hairy surfaces with a pair of slightly damp rubber gloves. 

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Has this ever happened to you? ::tragic::

Grab your iron and lift that stain right up. 

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To clean a dirty microwave take a simple sponge and throw it into a bowl with water, dish soap and vinegar. Then, place the damp sponge inside your microwave and heat for three minutes. Once that's done, the microwave will be full of condensation and much easier to clean. Be careful though, the sponge will be very hot so it's best to wear rubber gloves as you clean. 

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Clean your shower liner by throwing it in the wash with a few soiled towels. Add a half-cup of baking soda in with your normal amount of detergent. At the rinse cycle, dump in a half-cup of vinegar. Hang your shower liner to dry.

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Keep coal or baking soda in your fridge to absorb gross odors. 

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Line your George Foreman grill with aluminum foil before using it to avoid hours of scrubbing post-eating.  

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Eat straight out of takeout containers or a tortilla to avoid having dishes to wash. 

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Keep cleaning supply where you use it. 

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Avoid heavy-duty fridge cleaning by lining your fridge shelves with Press' N Seal

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Step 2: Use a rag or sponge to wipe away the homemade cleaner. No hard scrubbing is usually required, but if stains remain, you could do a second application, use a nonscratch scrubber—or both. All you need is a little patience!

(Psst: How dirty is that sponge you used? Here’s how to clean it right.)

Now that your baking sheet and pans are back to looking brand-new, you’ll want to keep them that way. Do as our Test Kitchen does and place a sheet of parchment paper or aluminum foil on the pan before you add any food. That’s it! The baking sheets will stay gunk free.

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