How to remove stains on bakeware

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Bakers love their bakeware for all the desserts they can create, but unfortunately, bakeware can get worn well beyond use due to staining. Rather than throwing away overly grimy baking supplies, instead try to return them to new condition through a few easy cleaning steps. Amanda, an author and contributor to, has come up with a list of steps for removing burnt-on food, stains and grime from your bakeware so that you don’t have to throw them away and buy all new pans. Amanda provides a list of cleaning steps, which will remove everything from rust to food particles that have baked onto the bakeware. While the number of steps looks like a lot, they don’t all have to be followed. It is a range of cleaning steps depending on how badly stained the baking pans are, and if the first step works to remove the stains, there is no need to carry on through to the next one.

As far as house cleaning tips go, baking supplies tend to get neglected, because staining is simply seen as a sign of wear. For those bakers who love the sight of bright metallic pans, though, Amanda’s home remedies for cleaning pots and pans will be very helpful. Her first suggestion for cleaning away stains is to dust the afflicted bakeware with a pumice cleaner and scrub away with an abrasive sponge or cloth. Pumice cleaner comes as a powder, which can be sprinkled on surfaces to clean or polish them. Pumice is a type of rock that forms during volcanic eruptions and is, therefore, ideal as non toxic cleaners. It is sold as a powdery substance when it comes in the form of a cleaning solution, but it can also be purchased as a solid stone for the purpose of exfoliating skin. The benefit of pumice is that it has an abrasive quality which can help remove stains. As far as stain removal products go, pumice works just as well as any other and is a substance you can feel good about because it is natural.

If the pumice cleaning product doesn’t work on your baking sheets and pans, and you are still wondering how to remove spots from them, Amanda suggests using an oven cleaner instead. The one issue with using a store-bought oven cleaner for cleaning your baking pans is that they often contain many toxic substances, which many people are trying to avoid. Amanda leaves the choice of oven cleaner up to you, so if you prefer to make a homemade cleaning solution out of baking soda and vinegar, that is up to you. When baking soda and vinegar are combined on a pan and allowed to sit for several hours, they can help lift the stains and minimise the scrubbing later on. Amanda doesn’t limit her cleaning solutions to baking sheets and pans, though. She even gives instructions for how to clean pots and pans on the stove if they have burnt food on the bottom.

Next time you are feeling fed up by baking sheets or cake pans and feel like throwing them away, consider Amanda’s cleaning methods for returning them to new. The tasks don’t take very much hands-on time because a lot of them requires letting the pans sit to soak with a solution before scrubbing. Following these solutions will save you money in the long run, because you won’t be going out to buy new ones, and extend the life of your pans. This is particularly helpful if you have baking hand-me-downs, which you are nostalgic about and want to keep forever. Thank you to Amanda, an author at, for sharing her instructions for cleaning stained bakeware.

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