How to Clean Your Silicone Baking Mats

scones on a silpat lined baking sheet with text overlay for how to clean silicone baking mats

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.


  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? 🙂

sugar cookie dough hearts on a baking sheet before baking


  1. Daniela Mata says:

    I recently tried washing them with vinegar and baking soda! Duh! Why didn’t i do it before?! That lifts up all the grease. Then just rinse with soap (:

  2. Mine seem to absorb the taste of dishwashing detergent after washing them. Any suggestions because the food I cook on them has a slight dish detergent taste.


      This thread was helpful for me! Basically when silicone is heated it expands and takes on odors and tastes and when cooling it compresses back, holding those in… After they are cleaned and dried/cooled in the dishwasher, those cleaning smells got trapped back in. I’d just do #4 outlined above to get rid of that smell and all different projects used with silicone materials. It should do the trick!

  3. I have tried this before and if the mats are rolled up they don’t get clean. I have also tried laying them on top of the other stuff in the dishwasher and they still come out slick. I have been thinking about throwing the damn things out, everyone raves about them, but they are a pain to clean, and when I use for meat or veggies, oil ends up underneath them anyhow.

    1. Stacey Boyer says:

      (Why would you use with meat and veggies?)

      1. I use mine for veggies all the time because it’s non-stick. Makes broiled or baked veggies a breeze!

  4. I have the amazonbasics mat for around 4-5 years now. The last two times I’ve baked my buns they are sticking to the mat ! What’s the lifespan for them? Is this normal for a well loved mat?

  5. Cleaning tip a friend gave me that’s super easy and really working for me:
    Squirt dish soap on a silicon mat while holding them over the sink. Then under the running hot water, squish/rub/rough them up in my hands to get it all soapy and let it scrub itself. Then rinse off soap.

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