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
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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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