How to Clean Silicone Baking Mat?

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Silicone baking mat is an essential item of cookware you see in commercial kitchens or restaurants. But, they’re useful cookware for the home kitchens, too. Appropriate for both savory recipes and desserts, these mats can be used in the oven about 3,000 times; before they need to be replaced. To ensure you’re taking the best care of your mats, we seek the help of experts on how to clean these nonstick silicone baking mats.

Mild soaps and/or simple DIY cleaning detergents are all you need. “Remember to hand wash the mat with mild dish detergent and hot water right after use,” Meredith Abbott, manager of culinary content at Sur La Table, recommends. As for the best type of dish detergent, Silpat’s Chelsea David suggests sticking to those with neutral pH balances and with less added fragrances. When washing your mat, ensure you only use a dry dish towel or soft sponges to scrub it. “Mustn’t be too abrasive as you don’t want to tear off the silicone coating,” David adds.

When you’re taking care of your mat, it’s alright that some wear and tear is something you shouldn’t be worrying about. “Discoloration is quite normal and is expected with any type of silicone-based mat, especially Silpat,” David says. “Cleaning your mat will not ‘restore’ it to the condition when you first unpacked it; but can help with any greasy texture, loose debris, and lingering odors.”

How Do You Clean a Silicone Baking Mat?

Mild soaps and/or simple DIY cleaning detergents are all you need. “Remember to hand wash the mat with mild dish detergent and hot water right after use,” Meredith Abbott, manager of culinary content at Sur La Table, recommends. As for the best type of dish detergent, Silpat’s Chelsea David suggests sticking to those with neutral pH balances and with less added fragrances. When washing your mat, ensure you only use a dry dish towel or soft sponges to scrub it. “Mustn’t be too abrasive as you don’t want to tear off the silicone coating,” David adds.

When you’re taking care of your mat, it’s alright that some wear and tear is something you shouldn’t be worrying about. “Discoloration is quite normal and is expected with any type of silicone-based mat, especially Silpat,” David says. “Cleaning your mat will not ‘restore’ it to the condition when you first unpacked it but can help with any greasy texture, loose debris, and lingering odors.”

Is There a Natural Way to Clean a Silicone Baking Mat?

If you’ve run out of detergent or want to try something natural, try using a mixture of baking soda and lemon juice. “Soak the mats in hot water with a squeeze or two of lemon will help disintegrate any residual grease sticking on the mat,” suggests Crate and Barrel’s Sophia Kvochak, brand buyer for bakeware, kitchen utility, and grocery. “You can firstly rinse the mat, sprinkle it with some baking soda, and leave it for a couple of minutes. After which, just scrub it with a sponge.” David says that lemon juice helps get rid of any remaining odors from the mat.

What About Especially Sticky Residue?

The thing about silicone baking mats is that they are nonstick products, so you shouldn’t face too many stubborn stains. “If your mats are kept clean after each bake, getting rid of the sticky residues is quite simple; as they should just peel off easily,” says Vanessa Burrow, founder of silicone baking mat company Kitzini. “But this can get much trickier if there are some residues you missed, and then it gets re-baked on.”

Here, Abbott suggests either soak the mat in boiling water for 10 minutes. Alternatively, put it on a wired rack in a preheated 450°F oven for 20 minutes. After the mat is soaked or baked, Abbott says to “scrub it with anti-grease dish detergent and hot water.”

Are Silicone Baking Mats Dishwasher Safe?

Silicone baking mats are dishwasher safe, but there are opposing opinions concerning whether that’s the best way to clean them or not. David says using the dishwasher is effective, but ensure that you use a mild detergent. “Certain detergents and pods, including bleach, are too corrosive and will speed up the deterioration of the silicone,” David explains.

The way you place your mats in the dishwasher is significant, too. “I would gently place them over two racks in a ‘U’ shape, avoiding folding them,” Burrow recommends. However, Burrow also added you may want to stick to the sink. From experience, the dishwasher may not invariably clean them better than you can with your hands. Along these lines, Kvochak recommends only hand washing the mats. But the bottom line is, which method you choose is entirely up to you.

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