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How to Clean a Cooling Rack the Right Way

Muffins sit on top of a cooling rack on a kitchen counter.
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Baking season is in full swing! While prepping your cookies, you might notice that your cooling rack isn’t as clean as it should be. But this item can be tricky to scrub as food gets stuck in the small creases.

So the best way to clean your cooling rack is by placing it inside a rimmed baking sheet.

Why does this work? You can easily soak the rack in the baking sheet with warm soapy water for several minutes to help loosen the crusty food. Rather than attempting to fit your sponge inside the wires, the baking sheet will give you better access for a thorough wash.

Commercial Quality Half Sheet Baking Pan and Stainless Steel Cooling Wire Rack Set

Bake and cool your cookies with this baking sheet and cooling rack set.

While scrubbing the rack with a sponge, follow the wires back and forth to wipe off any extra food particles. Make sure to clean the sides for efficient cleaning. Allow the cooling rack to air dry or dry it with a kitchen towel.

The best part about this cleaning method? Your baking sheet will get extra scrubbing as well!

If your baking sheet is smaller than the cooling rack, you can use a shallow storage container to keep the rack in place for an efficient scrub.

In addition to a cooling rack, your couch might be another tricky item in the home to clean. Find the right way to clean your couch for an organized and spotless home.

Kelsey Opel Kelsey Opel
Kelsey Opel is a freelance writer and digital storyteller based in Austin, Texas. She enjoys writing for food, entertainment and mental health spaces. Off the clock, she loves indulging in an avocado margarita and chips and queso at her favorite Tex-Mex spot in town. Read Full Bio »
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