The drip pans on your range can get really messy. Once the spills burn on you have a challenging cleaning job ahead. This is a guide about cleaning your burner's drip pans.
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To clean the really cruddy drip pans from your stove, put them in a large pan with vinegar and boil the stuff off. Works like a charm, Just drop them in soapy dishwater and the come clean with very little work.
By Duckie from Tell City, IN
This works great. I bought several sets of drip pans before I discovered this EASY way to do it.
Put your dirty drip pans in individual zip lock bags (1 drip pan in each bag) Put 3 tablespoons regular household ammonia and seal bag leave overnight. In the morning, simply wipe the dirty drip pans clean.
This also works with electric burners. It's so easy and it's worked every time for me.
By Dana from Katy, TX
Place drip pan in sink. Sprinkle on powdered dishwasher detergent. Pour boiling water on top. Carefully place drip pan directly on top of stovetop burner. Bring to boil, then reduce heat to low and leave it there for about 15 minutes. Let cool, scrub and rinse. All the debris will come right off!
This method means less elbow grease and better results when your drip pans are so disgusting you are about to throw them away.
Your drip pans will look as good as possible. If beyond repair at this point, time to invest in new ones and perhaps try a preventative measure like covering in foil.
I have enamel drip pans or trays under my burners on my gas stove and occasionally normal cleaning methods don't remove all the burned-on gunk if I have been careless while cooking. Not even running them through the dishwasher gets rid of it so I rely on my burned-on gunk cleaner. Mix 2 teaspoons of vinegar with 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar in a small dish (double "recipe" if you have numerous items to de-gunk). Next, use a cotton ball to apply to affected areas (such as with Corning Ware casseroles or lids) ~ in the case of my drip pans, I just pour it on and tilt to spread.
Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes without touching or messing with it. Scrub with a scouring pad and then follow with a wash in hot, soapy water. Generally speaking, this cleaning formulation will soften, if not dissolve, the burnt-on gunk so it can be removed in one application. Repeat several times, if necessary, for extremely heavily soiled burner pans or casserole dishes. I was pleasantly surprised the first time I tried this in that I still had to scrub a bit, but my effort was handsomely rewarded with a clean and gunk-free burner pan.
By Ronsan from Southwest Missouri
Put 1/2 cup of any powdered dishwashing soap into a roaster pan full of water. Stir; then add the burner pans. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 30 minutes. Cool and you should be able to just wipe off all the crud. If especially bad, take a brillo pad to it BEFORE you wipe it. Afterwards, wipe your burner pans with Crisco and the next time they will be even easier to clean.
By Diane from Sallisaw, OK
Sprinkle baking soda under your stove's drip pans to easily clean up any messy spills.
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Here are questions related to Cleaning Your Burner's Drip Pans.
How do I clean burner pans?
By Karen from Parker Dam, CA
By Grandma J 10/16/2010
I just toss them into my dishwasher weekly.
I would like to get all the black burnt on crud off my drip pans. I have tried ammonia and bleach but not together. I tried soaking the pans, but nothing is working. Any advice would help me please. I also live in an apartment complex, too.
By Rebecca L.
Use Purple Power cleaner it is a degreaser and works great!
How does one get the burned on food off of an electric stove burner drip pan? I've tried everything to remove the gunk!
By Ginger M.
By Corene 05/27/2012
Oven cleaner. It will take the shine off of them but they will be clean.
How do I clean the drip pans when they don't come out?
By Michele M
I am looking for an easy way to clean stove top drip pans.
By Joanne T. from Athens, AL
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I have some old drip pans that I can't get the burnt food and grease off of. I need a simple solution to get them clean.
By Brandi B.
By Louise Cook
Here is an excellent way to clean electric burner pans. Mix water and cream of tartar to a paste. Spread on burner pans and let set for a while. Rinse and wash with warm soapy water.
What is the best way to clean the aluminum drip pans on an electric stove? I am tried of scrubbing them and wanted to know if there was something you could spray on them and let them sit for a little while and then just wipe clean?
By Ann P