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
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.
I am looking for an easy way to clean stove top drip pans.
By Joanne T. from Athens, AL
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.
How do I clean the drip pans when they don't come out?
By Michele M
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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.
I use generic "scrubbing bubbles" bathroom cleaner for tough grease. I just cleaned out my husband's former bachelor pad with it and it worked great! I usually buy it at the dollar store. Just spray it on and let it sit for a few minutes. It will loosen up the grease. You can then use the plastic scrub sponges with a lot less elbow grease.
By Brandi B.
Vinegar mixed with baking soda works very well. It will foam up when you first mix it, but don't let that scare you. I cleaned some old cookie sheets recently using this mixture. I made the mix right on the pans and let it stand for about half an hour and then scrubbed. Good luck!
I own and rent out a mobile home. When the last tenants moved, I went in to clean for the next tenants, and the oven looked like it hadn't been cleaned for the past 3 yrs. the tenants lived there. I bought the cheapest oven cleaner I could find. I sprayed the oven real thick with the cleaner. I also sprayed the broiler pan and racks and put them in a big garbage bag, and took them outside. I went back the next day to finish cleaning, and all it took on the oven and parts, was just a rag and hot water. I was amazed at how easy this 2" thick grease and burnt on food came off!
I spray my burnt on drip pans with oven cleaner and
let them sit for awhile, over night would be great and
they will usually wash right off. I learned to do this when I was cleaning apartments after a tenant moved out.
I rented a house of ours to some of the dirtiest people in the world,I think.!! the kitchen stove was worse than filthy and I didn't have the money to purchase a new one for new tenants.so I tried a method of mine on it to see if it would work and it worked so darned well,I was shocked..I used Palmolive Liquid Gel for the dishwasher and hot water.first I took a spatula from the kitchen and dug the gunk off ,removing as much as I could,then poured some of the Gel on a brush,put the "ELBOW" grease to it and it came off real easy.now the stove looks like new and is very usable again.the gel can also be used on glass and I've used it on hubby's greasy jeans too.just be sure you rinse good.
By Louise Cook
If these are the removable drip pans under the burners, you can use my method. I use the same thing for the grates that sit over the burners, also the oven racks, and the broiler pan. Place them all in a large plastic garbage bag. In case there may be a leak in the bag, first place the bag in your bathtub or sink. After placing everything inside the bag, pour in about a cupful of ammonia and tie the bag shut with a twistie. Leave it set overnight. Empty everything from the bag and wash in hot soapy water. You can also clean the walls of your oven by setting a glass bowl in the oven, pour about a cup of ammonia in the bowl, close the door and leave overnight. Wipe down with a sponge squeezed out in hot soapy water, and rinse. For stubborn spots, make a paste of baking soda and water and rub on with your damp sponge. My stove is 6 years old, I have never used oven cleaner, and it looks like new inside. Once you get your drip pans clean, keep them clean by wiping up spills asap, and treating any stubborn stains with the baking soda-water paste. Works better than any cleaner. and doesn't scratch the porcelain finish.
To remove burned-on grease from a pot or pan, fill the pot or pan with water, drop in six Alka-Seltzer tablets, let soak for one hour, then scrub as usual.
By rachel's mom
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?
I mix a paste of baking soda and dish detergent. Apply to drip pans, let set maybe 10-15 minutes. Scrub, rinse and dry. Then line with cheap aluminum foil. (01/29/2010)
Buy some stainless steel ones and use Easy Off to clean them. (02/03/2010)
By Ann P
As a property manager, I have suggested many times to line the burner pans with heavy duty foil. It really works to keep things cleaner. Once they are soiled, simply remove and replace. Good luck! (02/04/2010)