How to Clean Your Silicone Baking Mats

Best ways to clean your silicone baking mats on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Time to give your mats a spring cleaning!

The most used tool in my kitchen is a Silpat 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 my 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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95 Comments

  1. Fellow bakers! Any thoughts on Silpat vs. other brands, like Amazon’s own brand or Bake-O-Glide mats? Thanks!

    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.

    2. I have had both, Silpat is much higher quality. I had one of those mats for years – I got an Amazon one and it barely lasted over a year. Next one will be going back to Silpat.

  2. Thanks for the information.
    The print icon does not seem to work correctly.

    1. Hi Ron! The print button only works when there is a recipe to print. 🙂 If you want to print this blog post, I suggest copying the text in the post and pasting it in a word document.

  3. Thank you for this post! I wasn’t sure the best way to clean them. I’m so excited I can put my mats in the dishwasher

  4. 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??

    1. Lily, I am wondering the same thing…how can they get clean if they are rolled up?

  5. 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.

    1. I’m thinking of going the other way. I love parchment – nothing sticks, great results in the oven and you can toss them. I’m not sure these were a great idea. My wife bought them – they seem to work fine, but I’m not convinced they’re worth the effort to clean them.

  6. valerie st. louis says:

    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!

    1. Corrected comment: According to a manufacturer Artisan Metalworks (they have excellent silicone mats) the high temperature opens up the pores of the mat. As a result, cooking oils and smell get trapped inside the mat upon cooling, making it almost impossible to rid of those.
      I’ve tried every method listed here and everywhere else but nothing works for my mats that I’ve used 3-4 times. One of those times was fish and that mat is now solely designated for fish.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

    1. Hi Lin! It should be fine because they’re fine in high heat ovens.

  9. 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!

  10. Hi Sally! first let me say THANK YOU! I love your blog and all the knowledge you share with us!
    I have a question about silicone items in general. When I bake with them, I can smell a very characteristic smell, which I’m not a big fan of. TBH I can’t taste it, but I don’t know, I don’t like it. Is it because I’m using cheap products (some Ikea ones, and other I got as gifts, not known brand) or all brands have this smell?

    1. Thank you, Patricia! Make sure whatever products you are using are made of FDA-approved food-grade silicone. They will also have a manufacturer recommended maximum oven temperature on the package that you should pay attention to!

  11. Gayle van Heerden says:

    Would it be safe to spray the silicone mats with oven cleaner to clean them? I have found that oven cleaner cleans stainless steel pots and pans as well as getting rid of sticky gunk on many plastic utensils without harming them.

    1. I have never tried it before! My first thought would be to check if it’s food safe (for surfaces that food actually touches).

  12. Hi Sally! We came across this blog post recently and love all of your tips. We’ve actually shared it with a few of customers of ours and they all found it really helpful! We’d like to share that we also recommend washing your Silpat in the dishwasher and the most efficient way is to lay it flat instead of rolling it up. You also can put it in the oven to sanitize at a low temperature of about 200 degrees Fahrenheit for 5-10 minutes.

    1. Thank you so much for reading and sharing this tip!

  13. Carol Piccini says:

    My understanding is that Silpat is made from special material so we are not to use any abrasive cleaning substances or scrub too hard, neither are we to cut on the mat as we are encouraged to discard the mat if it has been cut. Is this correct? I have several mats but t hey are all heavily stained and nothing I can do will take the stains off. Generally the mats are about 25-35 dollars so I hate to just throw it away but they look really dingy.

    1. Hi Carol! I’ve used all my strength with a scrubber and still have not cut into the mat. So I suppose it depends how strong you are! Have you tried the dishwasher?

  14. I finally tried putting my mat in the dishwasher, and wow! I’d forgotten what a truly clean mat felt like. Thanks for the tip!

  15. I love these silpat/bonMat and flexipan products and have used 15 + years. As a disclaimer – I sell these products but would love to agree with Sally about the TOP RACK of the dishwasher.
    It works especially if you have developed a hard to remove the film. I actually take mine out just after the rinse cycle to avoid spots.
    Also for everyday use, because I work with mine I want them in perfect like-new condition. Instead, for the most part, I quickly wash them a little differently.
    Instead of using a sink of hot soapy water, these are the steps I take. It never takes more than 30-60 seconds, otherwise no good!
    Make sure water is hot.
    Lay silpat/bonMat, flexipan in the empty sink
    Add a few drops of dish soap, swish around the pan with my hand to fully rinse off all food
    Add a few drops of Dawn Dish Soap to my non-scratch pad, go over all surfaces
    Rinse in the empty sink by continually swishing the water over flexipan with hands.
    Shake off most of the water.
    TO DRY: Lay onto a towel and roll up and twist (like we used to with our pantyhose…lol )

    I have noticed if you slowly pull any dish out of hot soapy water that has grease in it, I can actually watch the film attach to it. YIKES, not for me!

    Hope this helps. Appreciate you letting me chip in here.

    1. I *love* your analogy with drying panty hose! I immediately knew what you meant :-).

  16. Hi
    Without thinking I placed ground beef patties on my silicone mat to bake. Only thing, I had Turmeric in the meat. Now my mat has yellow stains where the patties were. Anyone know of any safe way to remove those turmeric stains? I’ve had them soaking in hot soapy water with no luck.
    Thanks

    1. To remove turmeric, place your mats in the sun for several hours.

      1. Athena Engel says:

        This is the most helpful comment ever!! I had turmeric stains also and this worked like a charm. Thank you so much, Sally!! 😀

  17. When my mats first arrived I washed them. But the first time I used it to bake cookies I noticed a funny taste to the cookies. I wasn’t happy. After some googling I boiled water and placed the mats in the sink with vinegar and added the boiling water and let them sit. Worked like a charm. Hung them out on my wash line to dry. Perfect. Next batch of cookies no funny taste.

  18. Hi, sally!
    I have recently bought a silicone mat, but it isn’t Silpat. It’s also super small.
    Will it affect my baking? And I just used it yesterday, so do I have to clean it using one of these methods right now, or should I wait till it gets really dirty? I honestly don’t know much about these mats.

    1. There are many different brands of silicone mats out there besides Silpat. While I haven’t tested them all I’m sure they are similar. I always wash mine with hot soapy water after each use and after they begin to feel like they need more I will use an alternative method.

  19. I soaked these in water and dish soap overnight! They look NEW!

  20. Julianne Raines says:

    While I do not have much issue with oiliness, mine have baked on stains and no amount of scrubbing seems to help. I have been wondering about the trick I have used for treating baked on stains on metal cookie sheets of letting it sit with a dryer sheet floating in it overnight?

  21. claire bonomo says:

    I have had silicone mats for 25 yrs. still as good as new.

  22. Wash it good. Dry it good. Then rub a little baking soda onto it. Let it sit for a minute Brush it off. Works perfectly fir me.

  23. Cheryl Saunderson says:

    I have Silpats and Kitzini brand from Amazon. I don’t see a difference and you get 4 with the Kitzini brand bordered in different colors so if you do want to designate one for fish or meat it is easier to keep track. I simple lay it flat in my single sink and scrub the surface with a scrubbie sponge and Dawn. They all still look like new. I bake cookies a lot and hated the waste with parchment.

  24. Any idea on where to get 3/4 sheet silcone mats? William Sonama has one but it is $40. Amazon has one but people say it catches fire in reviews.

  25. Thank you so much!! I scrubbed my mats with hot soapy water and they looked clean until they dried. Then they were extremely oily and gross. I will most definitely try these tips! I LOVE all of your baking tips Sally! Thanks again!

  26. Renee Hanrahan says:

    I watched a YouTube video how to clean a silpat. The guy had a mat rack that it layed in completely open and he put it on bottom rack of dishwasher , like a cutting board.
    Where can I buy one?

  27. Eileen Gilbert says:

    My pads have begun to peel. Are they still safe to use?

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