How to Clean Baking Pans

Baking pan stains can seem impossible to get out, no matter how hard you scrub. Left untreated, that brown, burnt-on greasy residue on your cookie sheets, muffin pans, cake pans or other bakeware can end up affecting the flavor of your culinary creations.

Greasy, oily build-up and stains on your sheet pans and bakeware can be persistent, and a standard cleaning with soap and water usually won’t do the trick.



  1. Using a paper towel, wipe away excess grease or solid residue from the baking pan.
  2. For heavily stained areas, apply a paste mixture of Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner and baking soda. This helps the cleaner stay in place, and acts as an additional abrasive against stains. Allow to sit for 3-5 minutes.
  3. Fill the kitchen sink with enough hot water to submerge the baking sheet, and add about 1 oz. of Simple Green to each cup of water in the sink (or 1 cup Simple Green to 8 cups hot water).
  4. Soak the sheet for 3-5 minutes, allowing the cleaner to work through the remaining oils and grease. If your baking sheet doesn’t fit into the sink completely, rotate it so that all areas soak for the recommended time.
  5. Scrub away any additional carbon or grease residue using a stiff-bristled brush or scouring pad. If your baking sheet is non-stick, take special care not to scratch the surface.
  6. Wash as usual.

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