How to Remove Stains from Bakeware

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28-09-2016, 13:00
There are many easy solutions for removing stains from bakeware. For glass and Pyrex bakeware, you can use a mixture of soap, baking soda, and water. You can do the same for enameled bakeware, but without the soap. For stainless steel bakeware, use a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. A simple past of baking soda and water should clean your cast iron bakeware. Finally, in the case of aluminum, use a simple acidic compound of vinegar and lemons, or even whole lemon slices coated with salt.

Cleaning Glass and Enameled Bakeware

  1. Coat the bottom of the pan with baking soda and soap. The amount of baking soda and soap you’ll need depends on the size of your dish. The best way to gauge how much baking soda you’ll need is to just sprinkle a light, even coating of baking soda across the bottom. The best way to gauge how much soap you’ll need is to squirt your liquid soap along the inner edge of the pan, then apply three or four evenly spaced stripes of soap from one end of the pan to the other.
    • Use an antibacterial liquid soap.
    • This method also works on enameled bakeware like ceramics. When cleaning enameled bakeware, use one quart of water and two tablespoons of baking soda for your mixture. You shouldn’t need soap.
  2. Cover the bottom of the pan with warm water. Usually just a shallow layer of water over the bottom of the pan will be enough. If you have a lot of water in the pan, you might end up with a big mess later when you scrub it, since the water might splash back. Wait 15 minutes for the baking soda, soap (if cleaning glass or Pyrex), and water to mix and loosen the grime on the glass bakeware.
  3. Scrub the pan. After 15 minutes, your pan is ready for cleaning. Place the dish in the sink so that any water that splashes up over the sides of the dish will drain down the sink. Depending on the severity of the stain, you might use a regular dish sponge, a green scrubbing pad, steel wool, or even a toothbrush. Use vigorous circular motions to remove the stains.
    • Some people like to use balled-up aluminum foil to scrub stains off their glass bakeware.
    • Add more baking soda to spots that are especially stained.
    • Don’t be discouraged if your stain doesn’t come out immediately. It often takes several passes for stained glass bakeware to look truly clean again. Some people advise giving the dish a preliminary scrubbing, letting it sit for 30 minutes in soapy water, then going at it again.
    • Once you’ve removed the stain, wash and rinse your bakeware out with soap and warm water.

Cleaning Stainless Steel and Cast Iron Bakeware

  1. Apply vinegar and baking soda. Sprinkle an even layer of baking soda over the bottom of the cookie sheet, tray, or other stainless steel bakeware. The larger the surface, the more baking soda you’ll need. Then, add some vinegar to the pan. Again, the amount of vinegar you add should be proportional to the surface area of the stainless steel bakeware. Start with ¼ cup of vinegar. If that isn’t enough to evenly coat the bottom of the tray, add more in one-tablespoon increments.
    • When you mix the vinegar and baking soda, you’ll notice them fizzing. This is normal and not cause for concern.
    • Wait two to three minutes for the mixture to work its way into the stain.
  2. Pour hot water over the pan. Boil a small pot of water on the stove. While it’s boiling, dump the vinegar and baking soda mix out of the bakeware and rinse the tray off. Place the tray in the sink face-up and slowly pour the boiling water over it.
    • Don’t pour the boiling water too rapidly or you risk splashing it onto your skin.
    • Wait a few minutes for the hot water to cool, then start scrubbing with soap and water to loosen up as much of the stain as you can. Use vigorous circular motions with the sponge or scrubbing pad to loosen the grime.
    • If you can remove the stain completely at this point, great! If not, continue on to the next step.
  3. Heat water and vinegar in the bakeware. Prepare a mixture of one part vinegar to three parts water. For instance, you could mix one cup of vinegar and three cups of water. Or, for more shallow trays, you might mix half a cup of vinegar with 1½ cups of water. Bring the mixture to a boil in your bakeware.
    • If you have a deep pot, this is easy to do on the stovetop. However, if you’re cleaning a shallow bakeware item like a tray or cookie sheet, you’ll need to add a thin layer of this mixture and heat it in the oven to about 212 degrees Fahrenheit (100 degrees Celsius) inside your oven.
    • Once the mixture is boiling, turn off the heat. Let it cool for 10-15 minutes. Then dump the mixture down your sink and give the stainless steel bakeware a good scrubbing with soap and water. Any stains should come right out.
  4. Use baking soda and water. If your stainless steel bakeware is still stained after using the vinegar and water mix, mix baking soda and water in equal parts. For instance, you could mix ½ a cup of water and ½ a cup of baking soda. The mixture should resemble a thick paste. Coat the stains on your stainless steel bakeware with this paste and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Then, rub the paste away with a sponge and give the bakeware a good washing with hot, soapy water.
    • Some people find that scrubbing the baking soda paste away with aluminum foil helps remove the stain.
    • You could also soak a sponge in vinegar to help you remove stains treated with the baking soda paste. Use this vinegar-soaked sponge to scrub away the paste or after you’ve washed the pan with soapy water.
    • This method is also effective when cleaning cast iron bakeware. However, it is recommended that you let the paste coat the stain on cast iron for closer to eight hours rather than just 15 minutes.

Cleaning Stained Aluminum Trays

  1. Use water and vinegar. To clean aluminum baking trays, pots, and other bakeware, mix water and vinegar in equal amounts. For instance, you might mix half a cup of water with half a cup of vinegar. Bring the mixture to a boil inside the bakeware item you want to clean.
    • For deeper pots and trays this will require a larger amount of vinegar and water. The mixture, in this case, can be boiled on the stovetop.
    • For shallow bakeware items like cookie sheets, you might have only a thin layer of water and vinegar in the pan. You’ll probably have to boil this mixture in the oven. Set the tray in the oven to a temperature of about 212 degrees Fahrenheit (100 degrees Celsius).
    • If you wish, you could throw in a whole sliced lemon into your boiling mixture. The natural acidity of the lemon juice works wonders on aluminum bakeware.
    • Once the mixture gets boiling, turn the heat off and wait 15-20 minutes for it to cool. Dump the mixture out and wash the bakeware item with warm, soapy water in the sink. Scrub the pan with a sponge and/or scrubbing pad. Use vigorous circular motions to remove the stain.
  2. Use salt and lemon slices. If you don’t want to clean your aluminum bakeware with vinegar and water, slice a lemon lengthwise into four equally-sized wedges. Dip the fruit sides (not the peel) in salt. The salt should stick to the juicy flesh of the lemon.
    • Grip the lemon wedge by placing your thumb on one end and your ring and middle fingers on the other end.
    • Apply the salted fruit to the stain and scrub it away with a gentle back-and-forth or up-and-down motion.
    • When you’ve removed the stain, wash the bakeware item with warm, soapy water.
  3. Use cream of tartar. If salted lemon slices and vinegar alone don’t work against your stained aluminum bakeware, you could try a cream of tartar cleaner. Simply mix one quart of water, ½ cup of vinegar, and 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar. Boil the whole mixture inside the stained bakeware item.
    • Let the mixture boil for 10 minutes, then turn the heat off, dump the solution out, and wait 15 minutes. Scrub the bakeware item clean in the sink with warm, soapy water.
    • Use steel wool. Move it back and forth across the surface of the pan. Do not be too vigorous with the steel wool, as it can scratch aluminum.
    • If you cannot easily boil the mixture in the bakeware itself, you could boil it in a separate pot, then wait for the mixture to cool and dip a sponge in it. Use the sponge to scrub the stain away.
    • Alternately, you could pour a small amount of the solution in a shallow bakeware item and boil it in the oven at a temperature of about 212 degrees Fahrenheit (100 degrees Celsius) for 10 minutes.


  • Distilled white vinegar is the best vinegar to use in stain-removing compounds.
  • Always use rubber kitchen gloves when using steel wool. Otherwise, the fine metal fibers may pierce your skin.
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