I’m a cleaning expert – how to banish stubborn stains on baking trays & why you should never put them in the dishwasher | The Sun

SPENDING your evening scrubbing away at baking trays to get stains out isn't anyone's idea of fun.

But a cleaning expert has revealed how to banish stubborn stains without scrubbing.

You may be tempted to chuck them in the dishwasher in the hopes of getting out of scrubbing them, but the cleaning expert revealed why they should never go in.

Cleaning expert, Martha Stewart, revealed to the Express that putting them in the dishwasher can actually make their appearance worse.

Over time, metal – particularly aluminium – will appear blackened, patchy and still covered in stains because of the heat, mineral content and chemicals found in dishwasher tablets.

Cleaning experts at Nordic Ware revealed that if food and oil aren't washed off baking trays properly they will further bake into the tray when they're next in the oven.


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The experts recommend mixing one tablespoon of baking soda with two tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide and spreading it on the baking tray to remove stains.

Leave it to soak for two hours and then scrub it off with a sponge to have your baking trays come up good as new.

They added that hydrogen peroxide can be swapped for white vinegar.

Experts at Ovenclean suggested using one part baking soda with one part vinegar and adding it to an empty sink.

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Fill it with hot water before adding your trays to soak for forty minutes and then scrub them clean.

To keep your baking trays from staining in the first place, it's best to clean them straight after using them by rinsing the tray with water and cleaning with dish soap.

You can also prevent stains by lining your trays with greaseproof paper or tinfoil before putting your food on them.

You can also grease your baking trays before using them to ensure food doesn't stick to the bottom.

Cleaning hacks and tips

Here are some tips to help you clean your home like a pro:

  • How to clean your washing machine in a few easy steps
  • Keep on top of cleaning your oven regularly
  •  Clean your shower to ensure it's always sparkling
  • How to clean your microwave using cheap household items
  • Here's how to get rid of that nasty limescale in your kettle
  • You're cleaning your carpet all wrong – here's how to get it spotless again in no time
  • Unblock a toilet without a plunger
  • Clean your fabric or leather sofa in a few easy steps
  • If you haven't cleaned your mattress in ages, here's how
  • Steps to cleaning your dishwasher to leave it looking brand new
  • This is how to clean mirrors and windows without streaking
  • Keep your toilet clean in four easy steps
  • Give your TV screen a once-over
  • Did you know your Venetian, Roman, vertical, or roller blinds also need cleaning?
  • Deep-clean your fridge in five simple steps

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