Questions & Answers - How To Clean Pizza Stones
How do you clean a pizza stone? Oil was spilled on the pizza stone and now it smokes terribly while cooking. Can you get a pizza stone wet? Please help. Thanks. - Martin C. (4/26/01)
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Think of your pizza baking stone as a sponge; it will soak up
everything put on it. These "stones" are actually molded sand,
tightly compacted under high pressure. Like sand on the beach,
they will suck in any liquid exposed to the surface. Anything
else in the water -- including soap -- goes right into the
stone. Manufacturers warn you to use only clear, plain water to
clean a baking stone.
Comments from Joe Lomedico (4/16/07):
I just read your article on cleaning the Pizza stone and I actually came up with another way. Hope this helps someone. Because of leaving my stone in my oven all the time I have gotten oils on it as well and this seems to work really well.
I use only Baking soda and water to clean my stone after each use. This gets minor things off but there are still some stains from oils that have dripped on it. My stone came out of the oven looking almost like new.