Pan-Handling with Baking Soda, Peroxide, and Elbow Grease

I’m always looking for miracle cleaners, especially eco-friendly homemade cleaners. Recently one appeared on Pinterest that claimed to clean tarnished baking pans with a mixture of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.

The photo on Pinterest looks like this:

Put 1/4 cup of baking soda in a small glass bowl and squirt in hydrogen peroxide until it makes a nice paste.  

Rub mixture on stained surface using fingers or sponge until stains disappear.


Well, I don’t know how long that takes, but based on my experience, I don’t think that I have that kind of time.

When I started the project, my cookie sheet looked like this:

So I got out the ingredients and mixed according to the recipe.

To get a wet paste, add two tablespoons of peroxide.

The original solution had the consistency of school-glue, but dried out quickly.

I used a microfiber cloth, but I found that as I rubbed the paste onto the cookie sheet, it dried out, so I had to add more peroxide to keep it moist.

The rag seemed to be getting dirty, so obviously some parts of the stains were coming off, but after rubbing and rubbing for about ten minutes (or until my fingers started to feel raw) I didn’t see a whole lot of difference.

I’m not sure whether my cookie sheets originally had a non-stick surface or not, so I can’t say whether that makes a difference for this method of cleaning.

So, what’s the solution for tarnished cookie sheets? Well, I say, buy new cookie sheets.