How to Clean Every Type of Silicone

Cleaning silicone is an easy process requiring minimal cleaners. 

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Whether scrubbing caulk or washing bakeware, dish soap and water are enough to remove everyday grime. You can use baking soda to work through tough build-up and hydrogen peroxide to break down stains. 

Cleaning Silicone: Tips and Techniques for All Types

How to Clean Silicone Bakeware

Clean silicone bakeware by wiping it with a soapy dishrag or sponge. Rinse afterward and lay flat to dry. For stuck-on messes, soak the bakeware in a sink of hot soapy water for 15 minutes and then wipe clean. If the burnt-on food won’t come off, scrub gently with a soft-bristled brush. 

Silicone bakeware is also 100% dishwasher safe, so if you’re not a fan of handwashing, you can put it in the dishwasher.

How to Clean Silicone Molds

Since it’s easy for food and residue to get stuck in the nooks and crannies of silicone molds, fill your sink with hot soapy water and let the molds soak for 15 minutes. The hot water will loosen the food. Afterward, wipe the inside of the molds (flip them in reverse if possible), rinse, and dry. You can also use a small toothbrush to break down stuck-on grime.

How to Clean a Silicone Spatula

Wash a silicone spatula with hot water and dish soap. For baked-on food that won’t come off, mix water and baking soda until it forms a paste, apply the paste to a paper towel, and scrub off the food. 

You can also clean your silicone spatula in the dishwasher.

How to Clean a Silicone Phone Case

To clean a silicone phone case, remove it from the phone and wash it with hot soapy water, rinse, and dry it. If there’s a lot of debris in the cracks of the phone case, soak it in hot soapy water for fifteen minutes and then scrub the crevices with a dishwashing brush or old toothbrush. 

To disinfect the phone case, wipe it with an alcohol wipe or use rubbing alcohol with a cotton ball or paper towel.

How to Clean a Silicone Apple Watch Band

To clean your silicone Apple watch band, first, remove it from the watch. Then, wipe it with dish soap and water. Rinse and dry. If the band has a lot of dirt accumulation, soak it in the sink in hot water for at least fifteen minutes and then use a soft-bristled brush to scrub it.

If your light-colored Apple watch band has stains, remove the band from the watch and apply hydrogen peroxide to the stained areas. Allow the peroxide to sit for 24 hours before washing and drying the band.

How to Clean Silicone Caulk

For regular cleanings, clean silicone caulk with a tub and tile spray or a regular multi-purpose cleaner. To clean moldy silicone caulk, use bleach. Spray bleach on the caulk and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Then, use a shower brush or a small scrub brush, and the mold will come off. If mold persists, repeat the process. Rinse well afterward.