This allowed us to test each method on a pan from a single brand, made out of the same material/coating and with a common mess cooked into the surface. 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. Give your pie a Southwest twist when you slather on the taco sauce and top with black beans, green chilies and kicked-up chicken strips.
I brought this fun mashup to a ladies lunch and was met with lots of oohs and AHS. It makes me smile every time I get to slip between freshly laundered linens that are fitted, tight and crisp, across the mattress.
In my research, though, I found one method that sounded way too easy to be true, but the investment of time and energy was so low that if it didn’t work, I wouldn’t be upset if the effort turned out to be pointless. This specificity is important to note: allowing vinegar and baking soda to combine in the process will render each of them no more useful than salt.
Splitting them up, on the other hand, allows them each to work their magic without interference, since the vinegar gets released later in the cycle through the fabric softener dosing cup. With five children, Shiraz is learning a thing or two about how to keep a fairly organized and pretty clean house with a grateful heart in a way that leaves plenty of time for the people who matter most.
Shiraz grew up in San Francisco, but has come to appreciate smaller town life in Tallahassee, Florida, which she now calls home. She's been writing professionally for twenty years, and she loves lifestyle photography, memory keeping, gardening, reading, and going to the beach with her husband and children.
White sheets and pillowcases gradually turn yellow over time as the fabric is exposed to your body oil and sweat. In this guide, we’ll share some helpful tips for cleaning and whitening white bedding items.
This setting is recommended for sheets and pillowcases because the water is hot enough to kill dust mites and other allergens. Hot water can cause bedding items to shrink if they are made of cotton or other natural fibers, and the temperature can cause the material to wear out more quickly.
One common method involves adding about half a cup of baking soda to your laundry detergent before each load. Alternatively, you can soak the sheets and pillowcases in vinegar and warm water prior to placing them in your washing machine.
Like vinegar and baking soda, lemon juice has whitening and odor controlling properties that make it very effective for cleaning sheets and pillowcases. A good alternative to bleach is borax, or sodium borate, a powder detergent you can use to presoak sheets and bedding items prior to washing in a machine.
The borax won’t react with body oils and sweat like chlorine will, but its whitening ability is comparable to that of bleach. You want to clean these items regularly in order to keep them fresh, but washing them too frequently will lead to increased wear and tear as the materials break down.
In addition to the steps listed above, these suggestions can help you maintain fresh white sheets for years. Replace Sheets Every Week: Even the most durable bedding items need a break, so be sure to swap them out regularly to preserve their structure and minimize wear and tear.
In addition to yellowing, sheets and pillowcases often show their age through pilling, little balls of fluff that appear on the surface of the fabric and make it feel uneven.