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Cleaning Your Burner's Drip Pans

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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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By 7 found this helpful
July 31, 2007

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

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By 5 found this helpful
January 31, 2012

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.

Source: Neighbor

By Dana from Katy, TX

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By 2 found this helpful
April 1, 2014

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!

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By 3 found this helpful
August 13, 2013

This method means less elbow grease and better results when your drip pans are so disgusting you are about to throw them away.

  1. Remove drip pans from stove.

  2. Rinse and dry drip pans to remove loose burned particles.

  3. Lay down some newspaper or old cardboard on your kitchen floor (or outside.)

  4. Place drip pans on newspaper or cardboard.

  5. Coat drip pans in oven cleaner.

  6. Leave drip pans for two hours (during this time - take care of other household tasks or catch up on your favorite TV series!)

  7. Wipe (with a cloth or sponge dedicated to oven cleaning) the drip pans and rinse.

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.

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By 0 found this helpful
November 19, 2008

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

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By 1 found this helpful
April 7, 2006

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.

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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

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March 12, 20041 found this helpful

Sprinkle baking soda under your stove's drip pans to easily clean up any messy spills.

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By 1 found this helpful
March 8, 2015

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.

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March 9, 20150 found this helpful

Use Purple Power cleaner it is a degreaser and works great!

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January 22, 20160 found this helpful

Using ammonia and bleach together is dangerous. The fumes from that blend could cause you to wake up in the hospital.

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June 9, 20160 found this helpful

Never put ammonia and bleach together! You can release chlorine gas, which is extremely poisonous!

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June 11, 20160 found this helpful

I am not sure how old this post is but PLEASE do NOT mix ammonia and bleach to clean. The mixture of the two will create chloramine vapor which is toxic and quite dangerous.

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June 11, 20160 found this helpful

Collinsherron beat me to it :-)

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June 26, 20160 found this helpful

The first thing is dont let the Drippings stay on as when you cook again that only burns the food on it and harder to remove.Always soak your trays at once and then you will find that it will come off real easy.

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July 21, 20160 found this helpful

Ammonia and bleach together can be deadly. Use one or the other but not together

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Anonymous
November 4, 20160 found this helpful

My problem is that the prior owner did NOT do the regular cleaning/upkeep, so now I am stuck with burned on crud. Your suggestion is right on target, but when prior people are slobs there isn't much you can do.

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By 0 found this helpful
March 12, 2016

I have tried to remove the drip pans from the electric stove to clean them, but unfortunately it looks like the heating elements and drip pans may be one unit. Any ideas on how to clean them? I can't put them in hot water and soak them and yet I can't get under the burner to lift it up to clean them. Help!

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Anonymous
March 17, 20160 found this helpful

Some stoves have prongs that pull out at the electic wireing.

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March 28, 20160 found this helpful

The burners and drip pans may look like one unit (mine do) but they're probably not. If you look closely, you'll see where the burner plugs into the unit. Push on the opposite side of the burner and it will loosen. Then lift it up and off. Reverse the process to put them back in.

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Anonymous
April 21, 20160 found this helpful

Some times the burner can be pulled out from the burner than just lift pan out. Mine were like that. When finished cleaning put drip pan back in place and plug burner back into place.

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July 27, 20160 found this helpful

I need help the drip pan under my electric burner r attached +am wondering any suggestions on how to get burnt drippings off

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By 0 found this helpful
October 14, 2010

How do I clean burner pans?

By Karen from Parker Dam, CA

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October 14, 20100 found this helpful

I just use SOS soap pads on mine.

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October 14, 20100 found this helpful

Wrap burner pans in aluminum foil. It keeps them clean and looking new.

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October 16, 20100 found this helpful

I spray mine with oven cleaner, put them in a white kitchen trash bag, twist and use a bread tie to seal, put them in the microwave with door shut overnight. This next morning you can just rinse off most stuff and use a stainless steel cleaning pad on hard stuff. Dont use the new kind with no odor. It doesnt work as well. Of course, I wipe them off after every meal so they don't get too bad.

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October 16, 20100 found this helpful

The best thing is to clean them regularly in dish detergent, and maybe scrub with a Brillo pad, so that food drippings don't cook on. If they're in bad shape, try soaking a few hours in the sink in water with dish detergent and about 1/2 cup water softener, then scrub with plastic scrubbers. I discovered, the hard way, that if you don't clean them often enough, the cooked on drippings will spoil the chrome finish; you can get them clean, but not shiny. After I replaced my (ruined) old ones, I've been washing the new ones more regularly. Even so, I got to one too late and some of the chrome is ruined again.

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October 16, 20100 found this helpful

I just toss them into my dishwasher weekly.

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Anonymous
January 22, 20160 found this helpful

That's lovely, if you have a dishwasher!

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By 0 found this helpful
September 4, 2013

I am looking for an easy way to clean stove top drip pans.

By Joanne T. from Athens, AL

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September 4, 20150 found this helpful

When all else fails use Barkeepers Friend the powdered version and steel wool. A little elbow grease and they are clean.

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By 0 found this helpful
May 27, 2012

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.

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May 27, 20120 found this helpful

Oven cleaner. It will take the shine off of them but they will be clean.

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October 7, 20130 found this helpful

How do I clean the drip pans when they don't come out?

By Michele M

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October 14, 20100 found this helpful

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 Onesummer

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Cleaning Burner Drip Pans

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)

By keeper60

Cleaning Burner Drip Pans

Buy some stainless steel ones and use Easy Off to clean them. (02/03/2010)

By Ann P

Cleaning Burner Drip Pans

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)

By Poor But Proud

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January 28, 20100 found this helpful

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. For bad stains, let set overnight. Burner pans will look new again.

By Denise from Connellsville, PA

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Cleaning Burner Drip Pans

Add the drip pans (or anything caked and burned on) to a sink or basin filled with water, add one fabric softener sheet. Come back in the morning and rinse off (OK, so you might have to sponge off) works for just about anything. (02/01/2007)

By michawnpita

Cleaning Burner Drip Pans

I use a rag and Barkeepers Friend it works on our pots, pans, and countertops from stainless steel to porcelain surfaces. I paid under $3. It shines the surfaces up bright with no damage. I have been using it for years. I am a mom of 3 and don't have enough space in kitchen sink to soak pans. (02/02/2007)

By rhino

Cleaning Burner Drip Pans

I found this thread while searching for an effective and efficient means for removing the hardened grease that inevitably adheres to the surface of stove top burner drip pans. Everyone's input was most helpful, but I was left unsure of what method would do the job best. So I used a different method for each of the four burner sets: baking soda and vinegar, Soft Scrub with Bleach, Oxi Clean, and Easy-Off Glass Cooktop Cleaner. The entire experiment took place over 2 hours. The winner by effectiveness and efficiency was Oxi Clean followed closely by Easy-Off with effectiveness.

The first three cases use the trash bag soak method. After introducing the agents the bags were tied off and placed in the sun to speed reaction time.

Baking soda and vinegar seemed to have very little affect on the grease deposits. After 2 hours of soaking, scrubbing with a toothbrush only worked away at the surface of some of the hardened grease.

Soft Scrub with bleach seemed to have even less affect on the grease than the baking soda and vinegar. Soft Scrub was applied and allowed to set for 15 minutes before adding water and allowing to soak for the 2 hour duration. Scrubbing with a toothbrush was futile.

Oxi Clean on the other hand loosened most all of the hardened grease deposited on the burner forks and drip pan, allowing it to easily rub or flake off when going over it with a toothbrush. A scoop of Oxi Clean was spread around the drip pan, then the bag filled with warm water and tied off. This method was effective over the most surface area with the least amount of effort on my part.

Easy-Off works surprisingly fast, breaking up sticky grease letting it easily wipe away. Harder grease deposits take more time and effort to remove. Though with diligent application of Easy-Off and elbow grease even the hardest deposits melt away. (04/23/2007)

By Nikko

Cleaning Burner Drip Pans

The safest, easiest way I've found to clean drip pans is to boil them in water with 1/4 to 1/2 cup baking soda for 10-15 minutes. Anything remaining on them is easily scrubbed off afterwards and they look like new.

Hard to believe such a simple method works, but it truly does. (10/14/2007)

By Betta

Cleaning Burner Drip Pans

If all else fails and you are feeling lazy they are now fairly inexpensive to replace. I have found them at dollar stores. They are usually no more then $1-$6 dollars for a set of standard 2 small 2 large. Or perhaps you can buy them separately and I have seen them for .75 a piece. (03/27/2008)

By Jessica

Cleaning Burner Drip Pans

I used Clorox powder bleach to clean drip pans. It did require some scrubbing with a tooth brush and repetition. There was one particularly stubborn one, which I used Easy-off on. The powder bleach works wonderfully on medium stains. (01/03/2009)

By Kate

Cleaning Burner Drip Pans

Caution. I followed the instructions below a few posts and boiled the drip pans and rings with baking soda. Chrome rings came out great, but the aluminum pans discolored. A steel wool pad takes it off, but it's heavy going. I'll have to get the rest of it off with my DH's grinder. So, chrome OK, aluminum not. (01/19/2010)

By tealbingy

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January 31, 20070 found this helpful

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.

Soulegal

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Clean Burnt Grease Off Old Drip Pans

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.

Clean Burnt Grease Off Old Drip Pans

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!

By glomax56

Clean Burnt Grease Off Old Drip Pans

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!

By sjackie2000

Clean Burnt Grease Off Old Drip Pans

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.

By Clarees

Clean Burnt Grease Off Old Drip Pans

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

Clean Burnt Grease Off Old Drip Pans

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.

By Harlean from Arkansas

Burned-on Grease

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

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