If you spend much time on Pinterest yourself you have probably run across pins featuring old jelly roll pans miraculously restored to practically new. I had and being in possession of a least one shady looking jelly roll pan myself I decided I would give this "miracle" a try. (You can check out the post that inspired my test here: One Good Thing by Jillee.)
You will need:
- Baking soda
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Tea Tree Oil (optional)
Here is what I started with:
And after scrubbing and scrubbing and scrubbing, this is what I ended up with:
Better, but clearly not perfect, and definitely not as good as the examples I was seeing all over Pinterest. My verdict? It works, but I just don't have the time or desire (or, let's face it, the upper body strength) to scrub for the necessary amount of time to really get my pan sparkling. Ultimately, I decided that I don't really show the pans off to my guests anyway and figure this is something I can really forgo in the future.
Another use I have seen for the same mixture listed above is to clean the white residue off of black plastic cooking utensils. Here are mine before:
Again, better, but not perfect. However, this one is one I'm more likely to continue doing. I use these all the time and would prefer they look clean when they actually are.
So it turns out: Pinterest does not always have all the answers. I know. I'm shocked too. That's to say this didn't work, but it certainly wasn't the miracle part of me was expecting. Let me know if you try it out with better results!