How To Clean Silicone Molds

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If you’re like most people, you probably have a few silicone baking molds in your kitchen. Silicone molds are great to bake with as silicone is a non-stick material that makes baking and cooking much easier. In the article below, we discuss how to properly clean your silicone baking molds.

What’s The Biggest Challenge When Cleaning Silicone Molds?

People’s biggest problem is taking their mold out of the dishwasher and putting it away without making sure it has been cleaned properly, and is fully dry.

This can cause any food left at the bottom of your molds to harden and become difficult to remove. Any food or moisture in the molds can grow bacteria.

Cleaning Silicone Cupcake Liners and Other Molds

Silicone is a great non-stick material often used in the kitchen. Using silicone pans or molds makes baking and cooking much easier.

To keep your silicone molds and pans working as they should, you need to keep them well-cleaned.

So…What Will Work?

To clean silicone molds, you need a mild soap or detergent diluted in warm water. Fill your sink with this solution and soak the silicone mold for about 30 minutes.

After the mold has soaked, remove the mold from the soapy water and rinse it with clean running water until all the soap is gone.

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How Long Will It Take?

The time cleaning your silicone molds takes will depend on how dirty your mold is. If it’s lightly soiled, you should be able to clean it with mild dish soap under running water without much trouble.

If food particles are stuck to the surface of your silicone molds, leave them soaking in the sink of soapy water overnight or for at least 6 hours before rinsing them.

The Quickest Way to Clean Silicone Bakeware

Use Heat as Your Ally

After your have soaked and rinsed your silicone molds, dry them using the heat drying method. Put your silicone molds in the oven for 5 minutes to eliminate most of the water.

Utilize Your Dishwasher

If your silicone molds are dishwasher safe we recommend using a dishwasher. This heated wash and dry effectively eliminates any bacteria that may be on your molds.

Put your mold into the upper part of the dishwasher and close it. Run a full cycle with detergent and hot water to eliminate any food particles and bacteria.

How to Clean Silicone Molds (Make it Easy on Yourself)

Rinse Immediately After Baking

After you take the food out of silicone bakeware, rinse it immediately in hot water to remove food particles before they harden.

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Keep Them Dry

Make sure to dry your molds thoroughly as dampness is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and mold. Use a dish towel or paper towel to soak up the excess moisture from the surface of silicone bakeware.

Don’t Use Abrasive Sponges or Pads.

Abrasive sponges or pads will cause damage to your silicone molds, so don’t abrasive materials to clean your molds. Use mild soap and a soft rag if needed.


It’s easy to take care of silicone bakeware, now that you know how to properly clean it. All you need is a little bit of time and effort, along with the right products and your silicone molds could last for years without any issues.