How To Clean Ooni Pizza Stone

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve cooked a delicious pizza, only to look at the detritus of my cooking left on the pizza stone and pondered just how any amount of cleaning, without soap and water, would ever get it back to working order. It’s just too easy for cheese to bubble, curdle and spill, for tomato sauce to slip off unnoticed. Thankfully, the Ooni pizza stone makes it easy.

So how to clean a Ooni pizza stone? To clean a Ooni pizza stone, first let it cool down from use. Then scrub off food particles with the pizza brush and wipe the stone with a damp rag. Once you’ve cleaned the stone with a damp rag, let the pizza stone dry for several hours before storing it.

This post will go over in detail how to properly clean an Ooni, as well as discuss some of the extra benefits this particular brand has to offer. Personally, I’ve never used any other stone in my home, and I don’t plan on changing anytime soon. 

How to Properly Clean an Ooni Pizza Stone

Before I get into the gritty details, you’re going to need some equipment.  Make sure you have:

  • Blunt table knife
  • Metal and plastic spatula
  • Dough scraper
  • Stone brush
  • Sandpaper
  • Scouring pads
  • Toothbrush

You may not need all of these for every cleaning session, but they are good to have nearby. The blunt knife, for instance, is only for when you have some burnt food stuck on that can’t be removed any other way. I’ve only had to resort to sandpaper once, but it helps to be prepared. 

Pizza Stone Cleaning Process

It’s absolutely crucial, when cleaning your Ooni pizza stone, that you avoid letting moisture in at all costs. You’ll be working with baking soda and water, and I’ll get into that shortly, but you want to stay away from oils, soap and other cleaning chemicals. 

Pizza stones are made to withstand extreme heat. This also will kill off any germs or bacteria. Even germaphobes as extreme as Howie Mandel can rejoice, as bacteria can’t multiply in temperatures above 140 degrees fahrenheit. But even though germs don’t stand much of a chance of surviving, it’s still important to clean a pizza stone after every use. First:

  • Let the pizza stone cool down from use. This can take a few hours, and the heat can often be trapped deep inside, so be careful when you do pick it up. 
  • If you need to, add a very small stream of water over the surface of the stone.  You’re going to want to use as little water as possible throughout cleaning, but just a little hot water over the top may be necessary, particularly if the food is very stuck on. 
  • Using the stone brush, scrub away any food particles in a circular motion. Be sure you’re thorough. Finish off wiping with a damp rag. 
  • Let the stone dry. Again, this can take several hours, but you want the stone 100 percent dry before storing it. You can speed the process slightly using paper towels. 
  • Store the stone. To prevent it from cracking, it’s best stored in the oven itself. 

If you can do this without using water, your stone will be grateful. 

How To Remove Pizza Stains from an Ooni Pizza Stone

Think of the many stains on your pizza stone as battle scars – evidence of the many excellent pizzas you’ve made. A darker pizza stone suggests a hard-battled chef, and it provides a nicer seasoning for future pizzas. 

While some won’t go away, others can be removed. If you feel it necessary, here’s how:

  • Using a plastic spatula, scrape away any remaining food particles. Don’t use a metal spatula, as it can scratch the stone. 
  • Make a paste out of 1 tablespoon of water and 1 tablespoon of baking soda. 
  • Apply the paste to a wet cloth. 
  • Scrub the paste on stains in a circular motion. You’ll have to do this for a while, as some stains are more stubborn than others. 
  • Wipe away the paste with a damp cloth.
  • Let the stone dry.

Grease stains take a little extra effort. For grease, rub the paste on the stain and let it sit for a few minutes before rubbing it out. 

Again, it’s important to let the stone dry completely before storing it. If moisture collects inside, it will result in your stone cracking. 

If you’d like to further season a stained stone, start by baking some buttery cookies on it. This will only add to the flavour of future pizza. Ultimately, you will have to determine if you can live with sight of stains. But the seasoning benefits of keeping them in seem reason enough to keep them in.