Rusting baking sheets


How do I keep all my baking sheets from rusting? No matter what brand, what price, they always end up rusting.

  19 answers
  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Mar 27, 2020

    Make sure they are 100% dry after you wash them. You can pop them in a warm oven for 15 minutes.

  • Nan W. Nan W. on Mar 27, 2020

    Cathy: Kathy (with a K) is absolutely right. Water is the worst enemy of metal.

  • Gk Gk on Mar 27, 2020

    Hello Cathy! Some of the things you can do to stop baking pans from rusting: Do not wash them in the dishwasher. It is better to wash them by hand, dry them well with a towel, making sure they are completely dry before you store them especially if they are stacked tightly together. If you wash them right away after you use them, place them back into the oven that may still be warm from baking until they are dry. Store them so they are not stacked together by using a wire rack that holds them apart. Some brands are better than others. I use Wilton baking pans.

  • I always wash mine and dry them with a towel. For a little extra assurance, I put them in the oven before it has completely cooled down to be sure they are dry.

  • William William on Mar 27, 2020

    I wash mine by hand. Wipe them off with a towel and stick them in a warm oven to make sure they're dry.

  • Annie Annie on Mar 27, 2020

    If you have SOS pads, you can give your baking pans a good scrubbing and that may remove the rust. Then yes, make sure they are completely dry

  • Betsy Betsy on Mar 27, 2020

    Hi Kathy: Besides the above washing and drying suggestions, which are all good, perhaps you can put some paper towels between them, if you stack them. Or, even wipe a really thin coat of oil on them, vegetable, canola, etc. Not butter or bacon grease :) Then, wipe them completely so that you don't have little puddles of oil, and put them away. Paper towels between, if you stack them. Even if they are the non-stick type, you should always use parchment paper on them when cooking. Good luck

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Mar 27, 2020

    a lot of time putting them in the dishwasher will rust them - I hand wash mine and towel dry them to keep them from rusting

  • Janice Janice on Mar 27, 2020

    The key to keeping rust at bay is to always be sure you put them away completely dry. Just ws thoroughy in hot soapy water, rinse well, and dry rust!

  • Craft Invaders Craft Invaders on Mar 27, 2020

    I agree with the other posters make sure they are dry. You can also season them with a little oil (the same way as you do with cast iron) to protect them

  • You could put aluminum foil down on top before you use it to keep it cleaner before you use them

  • Lynette Lynette on Mar 28, 2020


  • Jane Jane on Mar 28, 2020

    Buy those pre cut parchment papers that perfectly fit the pans. They are meant to line the pan for cookies and they are just wonderful as long as what you are cooking isn't too greasy.

  • Pamela Pamela on Mar 28, 2020

    Hi ! My first thought is that you are not drying them enough or stacking them after you dryer them off , but they weren't

    Really completely air dried . Then if you use a dishwasher , they might dry completely and that can cause them to rust . Also you can leave them to soak in soapy water after using ! You can , for a few minutes , while cleaning up the kitchen , but not for hours or over night .

    You can clean them well , get any rust off them and very lightly grease with a drop of vegetable oil wiped around the cooking surface with a paper towel . Now , a second thought I had was maybe the area you store them is an area that has high humidity, that would cause them to rust ! And for that you should find a different spot to store them . Good luck !

  • Morgan McBride Morgan McBride on Mar 28, 2020

    Agree with above - rust means moisture. Needs to be fully fully FULLY dry.

  • Maura White Maura White on Mar 28, 2020

    Do you hand wash them and dry them right away?

  • Bobbie Bobbie on Mar 28, 2020

    Use Coke or Pepsi anything with acid fiz

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Mar 31, 2020

    Dry them completely or by aluminum only no coating

  • Drying them well after washing is key but eventually they do all rust. You can still use them with parchment, aluminum foil, or silicone baking mats.