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Cleaning Metal Pans

Cleaning Metal Pans

Cleaning Metal Pans

– Hacked by Emily E. –

Here's what you need:

  • ½ cup baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon liquid dish soap
  • 1-2 tablespoons hydrogen peroxide
  • scrubby sponge

I'm not one to purchase something new to replace an old one if it’s simply worn or dirty. I’d much rather clean the thing I already have and save some money. My husband and I got these really nice cookie sheets as a wedding gift, and they’ve been our only cookie sheets since.

They’re cool because they heat really nicely and evenly, but they have this bumpy texture, which makes them dang near impossible to get completely clean. Over the last few years I’ve just stopped trying, so they now look pretty rough.

It hasn’t bothered me too much, they are still technically “clean,” they just don’t look it anymore. However, I found this magical DIY metal pots and pans cleaner and thought I’d get them looking new again.

Step 1: I gathered the ingredients, all of which I already had around the house…SCORE!

Step 2: I mixed the ingredients until it resembled a “bowl of whipped cream.” Um, let me just cut to the chase right here. My very sore right forearm will attest to the fact that this just isn’t going to look like whipped cream, at least no whipped cream that I’ve ever seen…and I am a pretty big fan of whipped cream 🙂 Anyway, I did the best I could, spread it over one of my pans, and waited.

Step 3: Now, the directions did a great job explaining why this should work. Something about the ingredients being naturally abrasive and blah blah blah. Well, I personally put a lot of elbow grease into this, scrubbing for a good bit after the mixture sat on the pan for about 10 minutes, and I don’t think it made near enough of an impact to be worth the effort.

This last photo compares the “cleaned” pan with the one I didn’t clean, and what do you know, I didn’t even bother doing the other one. We’re here to clean crap in a snap, and no snap was involved, so this does not fit the bill. Whatever, my dirty wedding cookie sheets still do the job! They still do a great job baking delicious lactation cookies.

This Hack DOES NOT Clean Crap in a Snap.


Emily is a certified Our Baby class instructor who shares practical information so new parents have the confidence to make family decisions. Motherhood has inspired her to create a cleaner, greener home for her family. Follow her journey on her blog:www.obcnorthpenn.wordpress.com