Clean your Cookie Sheet

Who doesn’t want their cookie sheets go from grungy to….heavenly? {{Angels singing the Hallelujah chorus in the background}}  And the Pinterest pin said with only ONE ingredient? What could that ONE ingredient possibly be?  Well it’s nothing that I had ever heard of before.  And it was NOT easy to find.  In fact, I never did find it locally, I had to order it online at

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap with Tea Tree Oil.  Apparently this “Magic Soap” has 18 uses.  It didn’t list all of the uses but one of them had to be that it can clear your sinuses. Because it sure cleared mine.  Wow.  This stuff is something else.

Apparently all you need to do is pour this on your cookie sheet, do some moderate scrubbing and your cookie sheets will be renewed with a glorious new shine like the one below.

Sounds easy enough.  Holding my breath, I poured this Magic Soap on my pan and started to scrub.  And scrub. And scrub.  Then I thought that maybe if I let this soak for a little bit, that might help.  Nope.  It still stunk and still required WAY too much scrubbing.

I had to scrub so hard I was dripping sweat.  Okay.  Might be exaggerating.

Are you impressed? neither.

Now I have no use for this bottle of “Magic Soap” that I paid TEN DOLLARS for.  This was way too much work for way too little results.  After I remembered that I only paid $4.99 for the pan, I would say that:

This Pin Flopped!


  1. Try Bar Keeper’s Friend. You can buy at walmart/target or the grocery store and it’s like comet but way more gentle and you can use it on pots/pans, stainless steel sinks, ceramic cook tops all kinds of stuff. You’ll have to scrub a little but not much.

    • Hi Jaime! Thanks for the heads up! I still have this pan and would love to spruce it up a little bit. I’ll keep my eyes open for Bar Keeper’s Friend! Deb – The Oldest

  2. Jennifer says:

    Dr. Bronner’s does make for a good foaming soap replacement. 90% water to 10% Dr. Bronner’s. If you get Bar Keeper’s Friend, the powdered works MUCH better than the liquid.

    • Jennifer, I think you’re right. Something powdered would have worked much better! Deb – The Oldest Sister

  3. Ammonia. Yes. Plain ole Dollar Tree ammonia. Put your pan in a large trash bag, pour enough ammonia over it to cover it, tie the bag in a knot & leave it sitting outside overnight. Be careful to open the bag AWAY from your face the next day, and carefully handle the ammonia saturated pan. Baked-on crap will effortlessly scrape/peel/flake right off. One of the oldest tricks in the book I picked up that my 58 year old mom has been using all of her adult life.

    • Yvette…thanks for the heads up! I am going to make this my new year’s resolution to try this! Deb – The Oldest Sister

  4. You don’t want to saturate the pan with the ammonia, though. It is the fumes that clean the pan, so only use about 1 cup of the ammonia in a garbage bag, then seal it tight overnight. I would not keep it in the house in case the bag ever came unsealed the fumes are very toxic. The next day, carefully open the bag AWAY from your face, outside, and you should be able to wipe the gunk right off. You can use this trick for your gas range burners as well. Pinterest has a lot of good ideas when it comes to cleaning your oven with ammonia, as well. There’s a certain procedure so don’t just go scrubbing your oven with ammonia because it doesn’t work that way. Anyway, hope this helps.

  5. My momma used to say that when cookie sheets turned black they were perfectly seasoned. Yeah, okay. Admittedly, we never died eating off those cookie sheets. One day we got ambitious and decided to scrub her sheets clean while she was at work. They sparkled. We were so proud. But that was before we knew she made them that way on purpose. I don’t think we ever got in more trouble than that day lol. I hate to clean them. Absolutely hate it because I end up with more water on me than in the sink. I’ve just taken to lining them with a sheet of tin foil. I get a huge roll at Sam’s that lasts over a year for me and I use it a lot! Hubby says I have a foil addiction I use it so much. I even line casserole dishes with it and just chunk the mess. I have a hard time standing for more than just a few minutes these days. RA since I was a kid. Foil is a life saver for me.

    • Cara, you are my newest favorite person! I got such a chuckle out of your comment! Next time I buy foil I am going to think of you! haha I hate cleaning my cookie sheets too which is why I was hoping this method was going to work. So sorry to hear about your RA. Darn those challenges that we get in our lives! Thanks so much for stopping by…you are a sweetheart! Deb – The Oldest Sister

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