How to Clean Silicone Pans

Many cooks like silicone pans because silicone distributes heat evenly, which means food cooks evenly.

Silicone also cools quickly--once you remove the pans from the oven, food won't continue to cook, unlike food baked in metal or glass bakeware. Other important advantages of silicone pans are they do not retain food odors and they are very easy to clean. As long as you clean them carefully, your silicone pans can last for many years.

Place the silicone pan in your kitchen sink. Fill the sink with warm water and add at least a tbsp. of liquid dish detergent.

Allow the silicone pan to soak in the warm soapy water for 15 minutes to half an hour. Longer should not be necessary--food will rarely stick to silicone in the way food can stick to metal or glass.

Use a soft, clean sponge to wipe the inside and outside of the pan. Abrasive scrubbing sponges aren't recommended, as they can damage the silicone.

Let the water out of the sink and rinse the pan under warm water. If any food remains on the pan, sprinkle a little baking soda (about a tsp.) on a wet sponge and lightly rub this over the area. You can also use baking soda whenever these pans require a deeper cleaning than detergent provides.

Things You Will Need

  • Liquid dish detergent
  • Non-abrasive sponges
  • Water
  • Baking soda

Tips

  • Some silicone pans are dishwasher safe. Check manufacturer's instructions first, however, before placing these in a dishwasher.
  • Avoid cooking spray build up on these pans by avoiding cooking sprays--you should rarely need to use a spray for baking breads and pastries using silicone bakeware.

Warning

  • Do not wash silicone pans with dishes or utensils with sharp or abrasive edges--these may slice or abrade the silicone. To be on the safe side, wash silicone items separately from other types of cookware.