Already gained enough confidence to cook and bake using silicone mats? DO NOT at all forget the fact that hygiene is an essential component when it’s about working in the kitchen. Though learning how to use a silicon mat is significant, but getting to know how to clean a silicone baking mat is ultimately necessary too!
Now, after you have experimented enough with your silicone baking mat in the kitchen, it’s time to give the mat an excellent healthy bath! You might be well aware that silicon mats are always filled with oil and flour, which sometimes get super stubborn when you try to remove them off your mat. To deal with all such frustrating situations and make sure your silicon mat is neat, tidy, and ready to be used again, I have compiled below some amazing ways to clean silicone baking mats. Check them out!
How to Clean Silicone Baking Mats
Before deciding to clean your silicone mat, be well aware of the material, it is made up of. This to avoid any displeasing situation that might occur if the mat’s material reacts with the soapy cleaning solutions. Take the necessary precautions. Make sure you do not end up breaking your essential baking component!
Soaking in Hot Water Lemon Juice Mixture
This technique is usually adopted right after you have baked cookies on the mat. The tough residue would not easily get off from it. No worries! All you have to do is to prepare a hot water solution, containing some lemon juice. Make sure the container you are using to prepare the solution is wide enough so that you can easily soak the dirty mat inside it.
Wait for about 10 to 15 minutes, and now the tough stains would very easily be wiped off the mat. Use kitchen gloves and a sponge and lightly rub it against the mat. Repeat the procedure until all the stains are completely removed.
CAUTION: Do not keep the mat soaked in the solution for TOO long.
Washing Silicone Baking Mats in A Dishwasher
Here comes up the quickest technique you can adopt, to clean your silicone baking mats. Drop your mat inside the dishwasher and run a cycle. It may not be completely cleaned, so you will definitely have to give it a hand wash too. But this time, no oil or residue will be residing on the mat, so it will be super easy to clean it.
I recommend you not clean your silicone baking mat using a dishwasher if your mat is really old and the material has got weak. This will cause the mat’s sheet to tear apart and will turn it completely useless!
Scrubbing With a Baking Soda Paste
If you have not cleaned your baking mat for long, this method will work fantastically for you. Lesser efforts and perfect results! Firstly, soak your silicone baking mat underwater for a while. Then, sprinkle baking soda all over the top surface of the mat. Wear your kitchen gloves and take a soft sponge. Now, rub the sponge against the mat to create a thick soda paste. Keep scrubbing the mat with this soda paste until all the tough stains are removed.
After you are done scrubbing the mat, wash away the paste from the mat under hot water. Trust me, and your mat will look like it just came out of the packing box!
Cleaning With Soapy Solutions
If you are someone who would not prefer making a lot of effort to clean your baking mat, an artificial cleaning solution will work fine too. Do not expect good results if you are using a standard dish-washing soap to clean the baking mat. You certainly have to use a good concentrated soapy solution to do this job!
Wet your baking mat appropriately. Then, use the soap solution and a sponge to clean the mat in the normal dish-washing manner. You may have to repeat the procedure if you do not get satisfactory results in the first go. Remember not to rub very hard, the stains might come off but on the cost of destroying the appearance of your silicon baking mat too!
I will advise you not to leave your silicon baking mats, untidy for long duration. This will turn your baked food unhygienic and make it super hard to clean the mat afterward. It is better to keep a proper check on them and clean them whenever necessary. I hope these cleaning methods will help you clean and maintain your silicone baking mats!