How To Make That Disgusting Cookie Sheet Look New Again

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If your baking or cookie sheets are anything like mine, then they are a mess. Mine look less silver and more yellow and brown with old crusted sugar, oil and other gunk baked onto them.  I’ve tried scrubbing with soap and water and had no luck.

Fortunately, there are a few remedies to try which should help get those cookie and baking sheets looking new again.

According to The Polka Dotted Turtle, she found two methods that worked best.  She tried out 11 different methods in total.  For before and after pictures and a summary of all her tests, click here.  In addition, Tidy Brown Wren posted some great before and after photos using ammonia to clean her pans.

Method 1:  Hydrogen Peroxide + Baking Soda

What You Need:

  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Baking Soda
  • Coarse Rag or Sponge


  1. Cover the sheet with baking soda
  2. Then add some hydrogen peroxide on top of the baking soda
  3. Then add some more baking soda on top of the hydrogen peroxide
  4. Let site for two hours and wipe/scrub off with course rag or sponge

Method 2:  Bar Keepers Friend + Steel Wool

She recommended putting Bar Keepers Friend on the baking sheet and then scrubbing hard with steel wool.   She did note that she washed it a lot afterwards to make sure all the cleaner was off the pan.

Method 3:  Ammonia + Bag

Tidy Brown Wren had great results with this method.  Head on over to her site to look at her before and after photos.  Some of our readers also recommended this process.

What You Need:

  • Ammonia
  • Steel wool
  • Plastic Garbage Bag


  1. Put the cookie sheets in a plastic bag and add 1/2 cup of ammonia to the bag
  2. Seal the bag shut and let it sit out in the hot sun for a full day. During this time the ammonia will soften the grease.
  3. Open the bag up and scrub the pans with steel wool. The grease and gunk should easily come off.
  4. Wash the pans thoroughly.

When using ammonia, please be careful.  Keep it away from kids, do not breath it in, and wear protective gloves and eyewear.

For all of the above methods, it’s always recommended to test on a tiny spot to make sure it doesn’t damage your cookie or baking sheet first.

Have you had luck with these methods or any others?

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