Baking trays are an essential part of any budding chef’s armoury. But like ovens, it doesn’t take much for them to get greasy and grimy. Luckily, with a few clever cleaning hacks, you can make them look squeaky clean.
The experts here at Ovenclean have got their heads together and come up with some top tips for cleaning baking trays that any cooking fanatic cannot be without!
1. Don’t bin your baking tray
Cleaning superstars like Mrs Hinch advocate salvaging items like baking trays rather than throwing them away. And some cleaning methods are so easy, there’s no need to! Why not try the below, shared by one of her fans, which just uses hot water and a 2p coin!
- Cover your baking tray in hot, soapy water
- Leave it for 30 minutes
- Return to the baking tray and using a circular motion, scrub it with the 2p coin.
- Rinse the baking tray and pop into the dishwasher for a final clean
- Voila! Your baking tray should look as good as new.
While this is a great tip, it can damage non-stick pans, so use with caution!
2. Use cupboard ingredients.
Did you know that some well-known cupboard ingredients are very effective at cleaning things like ovens and baking trays? If you like cleaning hacks that resemble a school science project, this tip is for you.
- Mix half a cup of baking soda and half a cup of white vinegar with hot water in the sink
- Leave the baking tray to soak for 40 minutes
- Scrub the baking tray with a non-scratch scouring pad
- Complete! Your baking tray is nice and clean.
3. Use baking soda on burnt bits
Using burnt baking trays can impact on the taste and quality of your food, and because dishwashers can’t always get it off, it has a habit of accumulating around the edges. This is where our baking soda trick comes in handy.
4. Give grease the slip
Grease is a slippery character that’s often difficult to remove from baking trays. Using a high-quality washing up liquid helps break down the fats and makes them loose.
- Using a paper towel, remove as much of the grease as possible, being sure to get into all the corners of the baking tray
- Fill up the sink with hot, soapy water and soak for at least 40 minutes, preferably longer.
- Make sure the washing up liquid has started to cut through the grease, you’ll be able to see grease bubbles in the water
- Get your scrub on! Using a scratch-free scourer or sponge, give the tray one final clean before putting it in the dishwasher.
5. Keep your baking trays looking great all year round!
Just like your oven, keeping your baking trays in good condition all year round helps them last longer. Some simple steps to keeping them grime-free include:
- Use lining paper on your baking trays where possible
- Soak all your oven trays in hot, soapy water straight after use
- Don’t scrub too hard with abrasives on your non-stick baking trays
- Use paper towels to remove excess grease before and after cleaning
There you have it – your top five tips on cleaning baking trays, no harsh chemicals included! Now it’s time for the bigger project, the oven!