How to Clean Baking Pans and Molds Quickly: The Most Effective Remedies

Every housewife knows that the most difficult thing in the kitchen is to keep the stove in perfect condition. And if you can clean a gas stove in 15 minutes, it’s much harder with baking trays and baking molds.

How to remove stale grease from a baking tray

If you don’t know how to clean an oven sheet, start with the easiest and most accessible way. We take the tray out of the oven. Moisten it and sprinkle it generously with baking soda. Add a little dishwashing detergent. Mix the detergent with the baking soda to make a reaction and leave the tray for 30-40 minutes. Rinse the tray with running water.

You can also clean the tray with boiling water. Put the dirty tray in the oven. Pour two cups of water and some dishwashing liquid into it. Turn on the oven to 100 degrees and leave it for 25-30 minutes. During this time, the fat will depart from the surface of the baking tray and you can easily wash it off under the faucet.

You can also clean the baking tray at home with citric acid. Place the tray on the table. Moisten with a sponge and sprinkle generously with citric acid. Leave for 30-40 minutes, then wash under running water with a metal sponge.

You can clean the baking tray of stale carbon deposits with ordinary laundry soap. Rub the soap on a grater. Put it on the tray, pour a few cups of boiling water, and leave it until the solution cools down. If the soap is very dirty, you can heat the baking tray with the laundry soap. To do this, turn on the oven to 120-150 degrees and leave the tray with soap in it for 30-40 minutes.

You can clean the baking tray from soot with any detergents designed for washing stoves. If you use a stove wash spray, your pan will sparkle like new. If you don’t have the store cleaner on hand, you can clean the tray with baking soda and vinegar. To do this, take the tray out of the oven, sprinkle it generously with baking soda, and quench the baking soda with vinegar. Baking soda and vinegar will give a reaction, due to which the surface of the baking tray will begin to be separated from the cinders. Leave the tray with the solution for 30 minutes, then wash it under running water.

How to Clean an Aluminum Tray from Fouling

The difficulty in washing such trays is that in this case, you can not use acid. Vinegar, lemon, and citric acid will damage the surface of the aluminum tray.

The easiest way to wash an aluminum tray is to pour boiling water over it and add dishwashing detergent to the water. If it’s too dirty, pour 2 or 3 cups of water into the pan, add detergent, and place the pan in a 130 to 140-degree oven for 30 minutes.

An aluminum baking tray can also be cleaned with coffee grounds. Place coffee grounds on the tray and leave it for 30 minutes, then wash the tray under running water with a sponge. The coffee grounds will then act as a scrub and the grease will come off easily.

You can also wash an aluminum tray with ammonia alcohol, applying it with a cotton swab or sponge.

It is strictly forbidden to clean aluminum baking trays from fouling with a knife. Also, you should not use metal brushes and sponges. If you do, you will damage the top layer of the tray.

How to clean enameled baking trays from fouling

An enameled tray can be cleaned with a soapy solution. Rub regular laundry soap on a grater. Put the soap on the tray and pour three cups of boiling water. If the dirt is not too bad, just leave the tray on the table until the soap solution cools down. If the layer of soot is very substantial, put the tray in the oven and leave it for 30-40 minutes at 100 degrees.

You can also wash an enameled tray with baking soda. Just sprinkle the baking tray with baking soda, and add a few spoons of water to make a pulp. After 20-30 minutes, wash the tray under running water with a sponge.

Keep in mind that an enameled baking tray should not be washed too thoroughly with a metal sponge, otherwise you will just scratch it.

How to clean a baking dish

Baking molds come in several kinds: metal, glass, and silicone.

Soft silicone molds are easiest to clean with a common dishwashing detergent. Put the mold in a deep bowl or saucepan, add detergent, and pour boiling water so that the water completely covers the mold. Leave the mold in the solution until the water cools completely.

Metal baking molds can be cleaned with baking soda. Lubricate the form with a solution of baking soda and water and leave for 30-40 minutes. If the dirt is very strong, add a few spoonfuls of dishwashing detergent.

A glass baking dish can be cleaned with a solution of baking soda and dishwashing liquid. Pour the detergent into the mold, add the baking soda, and mix everything thoroughly. Lubricate the form with the solution and leave for 30 minutes, then rinse the form under running water. In case of strong pollution, repeat the procedure or send the form with the solution in the oven for 20-30 minutes at a temperature of 120-140 degrees.

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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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