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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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? 🙂