Over time, most any well-used metal baking sheets tend to develop a patina of copper colored gunk. Some consider this a good seasoning that develops over time, or a record of your kitchen history. Others feel that it is a sign that you are not cleaning your pans well enough. A quick web (or Pinterest) search suggests that a soak in hydrogen peroxide plus baking soda will eliminate the bakeware staining with virtually no effort. Can hydrogen peroxide and baking soda easily remove the baked on stains?
- Better for you – no yucky chemicals in contact with your skin or cookware
- Better for the earth – no yucky chemicals entering the waste stream
- Saves money – peroxide and bicarb are cheap, and probably in your cupboard right now
- Easy (?) – this method is supposed to be virtually scrub free
- Did not work – staining did not magically wipe away
I came across this nifty (and practically magical) trick on Pinterest. The pin linked to one of my favorite DIY sites One Good Thing By Jillee. It seems that Jillee had sprinkled baking soda and peroxide on her yucky baking sheets, waited an hour or two, and then easily wiped away the grime. Look at how promising this photo is!
I followed the directions as closely as I could from the description I found. Sprinkled baking soda on. Wet it with peroxide, sprinkled more baking soda. After a couple hours I wiped it away, and….. nothing! See for yourself — I could just barely make out which half had the treatment, and which didn’t:
A Green Idea Fail! How disappointing!! I don’t know what I did wrong. Perhaps I needed more of all the good stuff? Perhaps my tray just wasn’t dirty enough? Or maybe this really takes a little more elbow grease than just a magically quick wipe down? I’m not sure, but I will certainly be adding to the list of green ideas to try again one day (ala Mythbusters Revisited).
UPDATE: My husband used some steel wool and his strong muscles to make these sheets as shiny as a mirror! No baking soda or peroxide required!
Have you ever tried this trick to clean your baking sheets? Did it work for you? Or do you even care if your trays looks like this?