Ratings were awarded based on how long each technique took, how much extra elbow grease was required and the overall ease or difficulty of the cleaning process. Process: In a small bowl, make a paste out of baking soda and a few tablespoons of clean water.
Give the pan a final wash using dish soap and warm water. This is probably because baking soda alone is not as caustic as a solution paired with an acid like vinegar or hydrogen peroxide.
After 15 minutes of scrubbing, there was a visible improvement on the baking sheets we tested but deep, set-in stains were still present. The only reason we docked a point is we did need to use considerable scrubbing power to get the heaviest stains to lift.
Process: While wearing rubber gloves, soak a damp paper towel or dishcloth with hydrogen peroxide. If you’re working on a large pan, you may need to use multiple paper towels or dishcloths to cover the entire surface.
Then, remove the cloth and scrub the pan in hot water using a scouring pad to lift remaining stains. Results: Similar to baking soda alone, hydrogen peroxide on its own doesn’t quite have the punch it needs to lift heavy food stains.
We will say that light stains lifted easier with this method than those involving baking soda solutions. Process: Using a 1:1 ratio of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, form a paste by mixing the two together in a small bowl.
After time has elapsed, wipe away the mixture from the baking pans using a paper towel and water. Scrub any remaining residue away using a nylon pad, sponge or brush and then give the pan a final wash with dish soap and hot water to spotless.
Personally, we’ll stick with a baking soda and vinegar solution to deep- clean our baking sheets if we’re short on time, and reserve a baking soda and hydrogen peroxide solution for big messes that require extra time to lift set-in stains. When mixed together, vinegar and hydrogen peroxide create what’s called per acetic acid, which is potentially toxic and can irritate the skin, eyes and respiratory system.