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Cleaning Silicone Baking Mats

karrill Apr 25, 2010 08:14 AM

Any suggestions or tricks about cleaning silicone baking mats? I have several Kitchenaid baking mats that produce the best cookies, pastries, etc., but are causing me cleaning concerns. I don't own a dishwasher so I soak them in very hot, very soapy water for awhile, then scrub them with a sponge/scour pad, then hang to dry. When they are dry (and feel clean), I roll them up and put them away. However, every time I take them out to use them again, they feel greasy!! I don't know if this is just a "side effect" of silicone or if there is some other way I should be hand-washing the mats. Any help is truly appreciated!!

  1. Chemicalkinetics Apr 25, 2010 11:11 AM

    I think what you described is fairly normal. Silcone is hydropholic, so oil and grease like to stick to it.

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    1. re: Chemicalkinetics
      amokscience Apr 25, 2010 07:57 PM

      Have the same "issue" but I also think it's just the way it is. I've read dusting with corn starch and wiping after cleaning but never cared enough to try it. Just wipe it down with a towel before using if you're worried about gunk. Might store them rolled up in poster tubes.

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      marshies Apr 25, 2010 09:01 AM

      I've been told you can just boil them, but maybe another poster can have a more comprehensive answer?

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      1. re: marshies
        karrill Apr 25, 2010 10:12 AM

        Thanks Marshies. I normally use really, really hot, soapy tap water but I could probably find a stock pot large enough to boil them in.

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