If you want non-stick bakeware that can withstand high temperatures, look no further than silicone. Silicone bakeware makes it easy to remove sticky baked goods, but is it easy to wash? The answer is yes and no. What you must understand is that silicone can be tricky. If you don’t wash it properly, your baked goods can end up tasting like soap. Luckily, the proper technique is easy. You just need to follow a few simple steps.
Skip the dishwasher. While silicone bakeware is dishwasher-safe, the dishwasher never seems to get the pieces perfectly clean. There may be cake crumbs or spots of grease that continue to cling to some pieces. That’s why it’s best to wash the bakeware by hand.
Never allow the pieces to soak in soapy water. Even if cake crumbs stick to the pieces, you can easily wash them away with a sponge. If you allow silicone bakeware to soak in soapy water, the pieces can absorb the scent of the soap, and your future baked goods will taste soapy. It’s best to get silicone bakeware in and out of soapy water as soon as possible.
Wash your silicon bakeware with a nonabrasive sponge. Abrasive sponges will only make it easier for silicone bakeware to absorb soap. That’s why it’s important to use a soft sponge, or even a washcloth, to wash each piece. Silicone bakeware is so non-stick that it is no problem to wash, even with soft materials.
Rinse each piece thoroughly after washing it. Even if a piece looks rinsed, it may be holding on to the scent of the soap. Rinse the pieces in a sink full of plain water.
Hand dry each piece after you wash it. This ensures that each piece gets dry. Otherwise, water may get trapped in the folds of the silicone and begin to stink.
If silicone bakeware does absorb soap, soak the pieces in hot water until the smell is gone.
Use as little soap as possible to wash each piece.
Don't buy less-expensive brands. They can become stained, and these stains are impossible to wash away.
Don't use non-stick cooking spray. It can make the pieces harder to clean.