How to Clean Your Silicone Baking Mats

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Time to give your mats a spring cleaning!

The most used tool in my kitchen is a silicone baking mat. I own 6 of them and use them every single day whether I’m baking cookies, scones, chicken, bagels, potatoes, granola, vegetables, fish, caramel corn, candied nuts, or using as a nonstick surface for dipped truffles, toffee, and bark. I also use them for rolling out sugar cookie dough and baking homemade soft pretzels. These mats are extremely versatile, limit waste, and roll up for easy storing. You know I’m a huge fan!

But one of the most common questions I see is “how do I clean them?”

As you can guess, I have plenty of experience cleaning silicone baking mats. If you own a mat, you know they can get pretty dirty and oily. Oil and flavor residue remain on the surface of these slick mats and it can be incredibly frustrating and off-putting, especially if you like keeping your kitchenware spick-and-span. I discovered 4 tricks and each one works every single time. I’ll list them in no particular order, though #1 and #4 are how I usually clean my mats.

HOW TO CLEAN SILICONE BAKING MATS

  1. Dishwasher. Yes, silicone baking mats are dishwasher safe! Roll them up and place on the top rack of your dishwasher. Fill it up with your other dirty dishes and run a normal cycle. They’ll feel significantly less oily or completely oil-free. If there’s still a little oil residue, try any of the following.
  2. Lemon juice. Ahhh, refreshing and oil-fighting. Soak mat(s) in very hot water with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice for 10 minutes. Wearing kitchen gloves, scrub clean under the water with a sponge or towel, then dry on a drying rack or with a towel. Repeat if necessary.
  3. Baking soda. A reader suggested this method to me and it works like a charm. Wet the mat(s) under running water. Turn water off. Generously sprinkle baking soda all over the top. Wearing kitchen gloves, rub the baking soda and residual water droplets together to create a paste, concentrating mostly on the tough stains. Let the paste sit on the mats for 20 minutes, then rinse clean with very hot water. Dry on a drying rack or with a towel. Repeat if necessary.
  4. Extremely hot water and grease-fighting dish soap. Soak mats in extremely hot water with a few squirts of grease-fighting or heavy duty dish soap for 20 minutes. Natural varieties don’t work as well for this; use soap designed to tackle tough stains. The water should be piping hot, not warm. Wearing kitchen gloves, scrub clean under the water with a sponge or towel, then dry on a drying rack or with a towel. If the stains are pretty bad, I’ll repeat this process.

These tricks also work to clean your silicone bakeware too.

Do you have any secrets for cleaning your silicone baking mats? 🙂

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    1. I have the Amazon ones in the half sheet size, & they work great. Can’t beat the priceeither especially since you get 2 when you order than. I have a small Silpat one for my toaster oven , & they seem to work exactly the same.

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  1. If you roll them up and put them on the dishwasher top rack, how does the soap and water get to the inside rolled up part to clean it??

  2. I have never purchased any of the Silicone mats,but use (and love) the parchment paper. This article has me thinking of buying some of the silicone.

  3. I can’t see how the entire mat would get clean if it’s rolled up in the dishwasher, am I reading this wrong?
    I put mine in the dishwasher laying flat, it did not clean and is still greasy feeling.
    I’ve tried washing by hand, dishwasher, leaving in a hot soapy sink and nothing-still the same greasiness. I only baked whoopie pie cakes on them…ugh!

  4. I found a good and effective way to scrub it really hard (my silpat has been black for a long time).

    I took a rolling pin and put it across the sink, so it was supported at the two ends. Then I put the silpat on top of it and scrubbed across the rolling pin. I think that concentrating the scrubbing force on a curved surface helped break up the black oils that had become one with the silpat.

    It was very effective, and from what I can tell, did not damage the silpat in any way.

    Good luck.

  5. Today I baked Sally’s gingerbread house pieces on a Silpat mat placed on a Nordic Ware aluminum baking sheet. The directions say to let the gingerbread cool completely on the baking sheet, which I did. By the time the gingerbread was completely cool, the Silpat mat had stuck to the baking sheet. The baking sheet is now covered with pieces of silicone that I can’t get off and the entire sheet is scored with the pattern of the Silpat. Doesn’t inspire much trust in the efficacy or safety of Silpat. Stick with parchment paper!

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  1. I see in your answer on one of the comments you have different size of silpat mat and one size for the toaster oven. My question is if I use the silpat in toaster oven will it burn or melt? I would like to use it but afraid this will happen. Please let me know.

    Thank you

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