Cleaning Your Pizza Stone

Cleaning Your Pizza Stone: Tips for Every Pizza Lover

Understanding Your Pizza Stone

Before diving into the cleaning process, it's crucial to understand what makes pizza stones unique. Pizza stones are made from ceramic, cordierite, or even high-end materials like cast iron and steel. They're porous, absorbing moisture from the pizza dough, which is key to achieving that pizzeria-quality crust. However, this porosity also means they can absorb odors and stains, which we want to avoid.

Daily Cleaning Routine

After each use, let your pizza stone cool down completely in the oven. Attempting to clean a hot stone can cause thermal shock, leading to cracks or even breakage. Once cooled, brush off any leftover food particles with a stone brush or a damp cloth. Avoid using soap or detergent, as the porous stone can absorb these, leading to soapy-tasting pizzas in the future.

Dealing with Stuck-on Food

If you're dealing with stubborn, stuck-on food, here's a method to tackle it without damaging your stone:

  1. Baking Soda Paste: Make a paste using baking soda and water. Apply this paste to the stained areas and let it sit for about 5 minutes. Gently scrub the paste using a brush or a nylon pad. This method is gentle yet effective for removing tough stains.

  2. Baking Method: For extremely stubborn residues, place the stone in the oven and set it to a self-cleaning cycle or a high temperature (500°F or 260°C) for an hour. This process will burn off any leftover food. Remember, this method might cause discoloration to your stone, but it won't affect its performance.

Dealing with Odors

If your pizza stone starts to emit odors, sprinkle it with baking soda and let it sit overnight. The baking soda will absorb the odors. The next day, scrape off the baking soda and rinse the stone lightly with warm water. Dry it thoroughly before storing or using it again.

Preventing Stains and Odors

The best way to deal with stains and odors is to prevent them in the first place. Here are a few tips:

  • Preheat Properly: Always put your pizza stone in a cold oven and then preheat it. This gradual temperature increase prevents thermal shock.
  • Parchment Paper: Using parchment paper between your pizza and the stone can help prevent stains and makes transfer easier. However, avoid using it at the highest temperatures as it can catch fire.
  • Seasoning: While not necessary for all stones, seasoning your stone can create a non-stick patina, reducing sticking and staining. To season, lightly coat the stone with a high-smoke-point oil and bake it at a moderate temperature for about 30 minutes.


Store your pizza stone in the oven if you have space. Not only does this protect it from chips and cracks, but it also eliminates the hassle of moving it around. Plus, the stone can help regulate your oven's temperature, making other baked goods more evenly cooked.


A well-maintained pizza stone is the cornerstone of delicious homemade pizzas. By following these cleaning and maintenance tips, you can ensure your pizza stone remains a beloved tool in your culinary arsenal for years to come. Remember, a little care goes a long way in preserving the life and performance of your pizza stone. Happy baking!

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