How to clean sticky baked on grease from a cookie sheet

Written by mel frank
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Fresh-baked cookies are warm and delicious, but the dirty baking tray left behind can be a mess to clean. Baked-on grease and residue can collect on the sheets, and when dry, can be seemingly impossible to remove. You may feel like tossing the baking tray to the side and cleaning it later, but cleaning the baking tray promptly will save you time and energy, as the baked-on grease can be removed much easier when cleaned immediately after baking.

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Things you need

  • Water
  • Dish soap
  • Nylon scrub brush
  • Baking powder
  • Oven cleaner
  • Dish towel, optional

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  1. 1

    Let the baking tray cool for 15 minutes after removing from the oven. At this point the baking tray should be warm, yet cool enough to handle.

  2. 2

    Moisten the baking tray with warm water after use and sprinkle with baking powder.

  3. 3

    Scrub the baking tray with a non-abrasive nylon scrub brush which will get rid of the baked-on grease without scratching the baking tray. Use small circular scrubbing motions, using as much pressure as possible to remove the grease.

  4. 4

    Rinse with hot water.

  5. 5

    Soak the baking trays in hot, soapy water for at least 30 minutes if any residue remains. Use your regular dish soap, using one squirt of dish soap per gallon of hot water.

  6. 6

    Scrub the baking tray once more with the nylon scrub brush, and rinse with hot water.

  7. 7

    Spray the baking tray with a coating of oven cleaner if any grease remains.

  8. 8

    Scrub with a nylon scrub brush until all grease has been removed, then rinse with hot soapy water to remove all the oven cleaner residue.

  9. 9

    Air dry the baking tray or hand dry it with a dish towel.

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