If you use your silicone baking mats often, they’ve probably gotten a bit stained and may even have an odour. Here’s how to clean silpats easily and effectively!
I love using my Silpats for anything that I make on a baking sheet. They’re so effective at creating a non-stick surface, they reduce waste because I don’t have to use parchment paper as often, and honestly they just make me feel like I know what I’m doing. After all, Martha Stewart has been using Silpats for her baking forever. 🙂 The one thing I’ve noticed with them is that while technically they’re an easy clean-up solution because you really only have to rinse them and dry them after use, that doesn’t really get everything off of them. Just like other bakeware, they get a bit of “seasoning” on them from the combination of oils, sugars, and heat that comes along with regular baking practices. Of course, the seasoning isn’t really a problem and they’re fine to continue to use once they’ve got that staining on them, but I still felt like I’d prefer to get them a little cleaner, if possible. There’s a good chance that Martha had an endless supply of new Silpats that she used when she was filming her baking segments and that probably led to me feeling like they didn’t look quite right with the staining, especially when I wanted to share a photo of something that I was making in my stories. So I guess I was “influenced” to want cleaner Silpats. Luckily, there’s a way! Here’s how to clean Silpats.
Pictured in the photo above: Silpats | Swing-top jars | Large glass canisters | Tall black cutting board | Marble and wood cutting board | Wood dish brush | Tea towel | Emile Henry mortar and pestle | Le Creuset utensil crock | Cabinet hardware
Tools Needed to Clean Silpats
- A sponge or soft brush
- Lemon juice
- Baking soda
Here I go again with the baking soda! I’m not kidding when I say that I seem to find a new use for it around the house every week.
How to Clean Silpats to Remove Stains, Grease, and Odours
It’s just so simple. I’m kind of laughing at myself for not realizing that there was such a quick and easy solution all along.
First, add about 2-3 tablespoons of lemon juice to a small bowl. Mix in enough baking soda to form a loose paste.
Place your Silpat down in the bottom of an empty sink and scoop the baking soda paste onto it. Scrub it around over the surface of your Silpat in a circular motion with your hand or a brush, covering the whole thing.
Leave the paste to sit on your Silpat for about 10-30 minutes, then add a bit of water and scrub it in a bit more with a sponge or a scrub brush for about a minute, before rinsing the Silpat clean. Dry it with a towel or put it on a drying rack to air dry.
If you had a bit of a greasy residue on your Silpat that you just couldn’t get rid of, that will be completely gone, along with any lingering odours. Staining will also be dramatically reduced and your Silpat should look (almost) as good as new. Time to bake something else and make a mess of it again! 🙂
Apparently you can also run your Silpats through the dishwasher! This may not help with staining, but should make a big difference as far as greasy build-up and baking odours are concerned. Just roll the mat up loosely or fold it in half and place it on the top rack along with your regular load of dishes.
Sources from this post: Silpats | Swing-top jars | Large glass canisters | Tall black cutting board | Marble and wood cutting board | Wood dish brush | Tea towel | Emile Henry mortar and pestle | Le Creuset utensil crock | Cabinet hardware
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