Revive Your Grimy Baking Sheets With An Unexpected Item From Your Kitchen

Although baking sheets are an incredibly useful item to have in a kitchen, wear and tear will begin to show as time goes by. Baking sheets are notorious for collecting grime, stains, and discoloration, so you'll need to get serious about cleaning them if you want them to look their best. If you ever find yourself without a good scrubber on hand, however, you may feel a bit stumped about how to approach the cleaning process. Fortunately, there's a solution that you might not expect — aluminum foil.

Aluminum foil is an ever-versatile kitchen supply that has no shortage of amazing uses. Among other popular aluminum foil hacks for cleaning, you can use aluminum foil to give your dirty baking sheets a good scrub and remove stains and any excess residue.

To clean your baking sheets, start by tearing off some aluminum foil and rolling it into a ball. Then, use the ball to scrub off any stuck-on food that's on the baking sheet. You may want to consider soaking the baking sheets in water for a while and then drying them before you do this or adding soap and water to the ball to get better results. Keep in mind that you shouldn't use this hack on just any baking sheet. Only use it on aluminized steel since it may cause damage and scratches to baking sheets that are non-stick or made of aluminum.

Add baking soda for more cleaning power

Using aluminum foil isn't the only unexpected hack for cleaning dirty baking sheets. There are plenty of baking soda cleaning hacks, so it may not surprise you to learn that it can help you clean baking sheets. Baking soda can be great to use if you have a sponge or brush around but can also work well along with this method of cleaning a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Baking soda is mildly abrasive and does a great job of neutralizing burnt foods and stains thanks to its alkaline pH. It's safe to use on many types of cookware including steel, aluminum, and cast iron.

To make use of baking soda for cleaning baking sheets, simply mix it with some warm water to create a paste. Then, rub it into the baking sheet and let it sit for about half an hour. You can then use a scrubber or ball of aluminum foil to remove stains before proceeding to wash and dry the baking sheet with soap and warm water. For a little extra oomph, you can add some hydrogen peroxide to the mixture.