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Cleaning Your Burner's Drip Pans

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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March 8, 2015 Flag
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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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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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July 31, 2007 Flag
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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

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January 31, 2012 Flag
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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.

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By Dana from Katy, TX

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October 14, 2010 Flag
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How do I clean burner pans?

By Karen from Parker Dam, CA

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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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I just toss them into my dishwasher weekly.

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April 1, 2014 Flag
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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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    September 4, 2013 Flag
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    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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    August 13, 2013 Flag
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    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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      November 19, 2008 Flag
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      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.

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      May 27, 2012 Flag
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      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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      April 7, 2006 Flag
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      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.

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      March 12, 2004 Flag
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      Sprinkle baking soda under your stove's drip pans to easily clean up any messy spills.

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      October 14, 2010 Flag
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      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, 2010 Flag
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      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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      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)

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