Silicone bakeware is great for maximizing storage space in your cupboard, but often it is quite difficult to clean. Grease and other food residue
Using Grease-Cutting Dish Soap
Fill the sink with dish soap and water
Stopper your kitchen sink and fill it with very hot water – as hot as you can tolerate. Pour in a few drops of anti-grease dish soap and mix it in so that the water suds up. The grease-cutting dish soap is designed to tackle hard to clean stains like the ones famously acquired by silicone bakeware.
- Make sure you use very hot water. Lukewarm or cold water will not be quite as effective at cleaning your silicone bakeware.
Soak the silicone bakeware in grease-cutting dish soap
Place the silicone bakeware in the hot, soapy water and let it soak. Leave the bakeware in the sink for at least thirty minutes, though you may need to leave it for a bit longer (one hour) for really tough stains.
- While your preference might be to use a more natural dish soap, those ingredients won’t be nearly as effective for the tough stains you’ll find on your silicone bakeware.
Scrub with a nonabrasive sponge
Apply some more of the grease-cutting dish soap and scrub the silicone bakeware with a nonabrasive sponge. Really get in there and scrub hard to remove the stains.
- You may have to spend quite a bit of time and energy getting rid of these stains.
Repeat the process
To get the stains out, you may need to repeat the process several times. It will take some real elbow grease to get some of these stains out of your silicone bakeware. Try using the grease-cutting dish soap again and scrubbing it over and over.
- Try to use even hotter water the second time. If you use rubber gloves, you’ll be able to use hotter water while cleaning your silicone bakeware.
Rinse and dry the silicone bakeware
When you have finished scrubbing the stains on your silicone bakeware, you should rinse off any remaining soapy residue in the sink. Then place the bakeware upside down on a towel or drying rack to let the water run off.
- Make sure you allow the silicone to dry completely before you begin using it again. This usually takes at least an hour or two.
Removing Tougher Stains
Heat up your silicone bakeware before cleaning
For extra tough greasy stains, it can be beneficial to heat your silicone bakeware up in the oven before cleaning. Preheat your oven to 350 °F (177 °C). Once the oven is fully preheated, put the silicone bakeware into the oven for ten minutes. This will help heat up the food stains that are stuck on the bakeware and make them easier to clean.
- After you’ve heated up the bakeware, try washing it with grease-cutting dish soap and baking soda.
- Be careful not to burn yourself while handling the bakeware when you remove it from the oven.
Apply baking soda
Wet down your silicone bakeware in the sink and shake all the water off. You want the item to be damp, but not dripping wet. Identify the places where there are still greasy food stains and sprinkle some baking soda on each spot.
- Be sure to give a generous sprinkling of the baking soda, not just a light dusting.
Make a paste out of the baking soda
Gently massage the baking soda with a damp cloth so that the water helps the baking soda powder form into a thick paste. You want the baking soda paste to be applied heavily to each stain on your silicone bakeware.
- Let the baking soda dry completely, which could take several hours.
Rinse and repeat
Once the baking soda is fully dried, rinse it off in the sink with hot water. If the stains have not dissipated at this point, you can try washing it with grease-cutting dish soap again or apply the baking soda again.
- You may have to repeat this process quite a few times to get your silicone bakeware perfectly cleaned.
Rinse and dry the bakeware
Once you have finished removing the baking soda paste, use some dish soap to wash the silicone. Then rinse all of the soap off in the kitchen sink. You should place the silicone bakeware on a towel or a drying rack and let it fully dry before using the item again.
- Be sure not to store your silicone bakeware in the cabinet while it is still wet, as this could lead to mold and bacteria forming on your kitchenware.
Taking Preventative Measures
Rinse immediately after use
One of the worst things you can do to silicone bakeware is let the residue sit for long periods of time before cleaning. As soon as you finish baking, you should rinse out the silicone bakeware with grease-cutting dish soap. This will help maintain the integrity of your silicone bakeware and make future cleaning much easier.
- At the very least, fill the silicone bakeware with water and dish soap immediately after use so you can go back and clean it later.
Avoid using abrasive sponges
Scrubbing silicone bakeware with abrasive sponges will not work any more
- Using an abrasive sponge can chip off pieces of the silicone and, over time, minimize the nonstick elements of the pan.
Forego the cooking sprays
Silicone bakeware is considered nonstick in its own right, so you don’t need to use nonstick cooking sprays with this type of bakeware. It will not help you get items out of the silicone pan any quicker than you would be able to with it.
- Additionally, using cooking sprays with silicone bakeware will contribute to the sticky, greasy mess you have to clean up later and cause more damage to your pan over time.