How To Clean Stove Drip Pans (9 Best Tips For You)

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Have you ever wondered how to clean stove drip pans with a concise effort? Well, I did too at first because drip pans are so bound to get messy, which makes it very difficult to clean properly. 

As you know, electric stove pans may seem like the scariest thing in your kitchen. Speaking frankly, drip pans are designed to catch-up spills and drips in the time of your cooking.

Grease, food particles, cooking oil, or any type of substance can stick in your electric drip pan easily. 

If you take a glance at the electric drip pans at the burner, it is predictable that you will find them covered with oil, grease, crumbs, or charred bits. They can quickly accumulate grease or food residues. 

Also, a dirty and unclean drip pan not only looks dirty but also it can be harmful. Oil and crumb over drip pans can also cause a fire hazard in your home.

However, having these drip pans clean, you can have a safer and sparkling kitchen in your home. 

Fortunately, I will be here with all the information you'll ever need to clean your stove drip pans. Here I will show how to clean drip pans by using household ingredients. And I will show you a few methods or tips to suggest to you the best and safest one.

Luckily, here you'll see the use of many different products or ingredients. As a fact, you can choose a method from here by checking which product you have available because not always all the parts are available with us. 

How to remove drip pans from the stove?

To clean drip pans first, you have to know how to remove drip pans with proper safety. By then, you can use any method favorable to you to clean them. 

So, here are a few steps you can follow-

  • Step 1: Make sure you turn off the control knob for the surface unit and each coiled. And confirm that the elements are cool when you touch them.
  • Step 2: Carefully use your finger under the element and opposite the terminal to slide. Then mildly lift the component for about one inch above the drip pan. (Don't lift the aspect higher than 1 inch. Because after plugging it back in, it may not return to the previous level. You could also destroy the terminal plug. 
  • Step 3: Softly pull the element towards you and release it from the terminal plug. Now, remove the drip pan by setting the components off.

How to clean stove drip pans with household ingredients?

As we have told before, this article will be all about cleaning drip pans with available household elements, which will make your job easier. The best part of this article is, here we will introduce natural cleaning methods with chemical methods. So, don't have to worry about those harsh fumes and chemicals if you know the natural chemical-free way. 

Here we will be discussing

9 best methods or tips to clean stove drip pans. 

  • Method 1: How to clean stove drip pans with vinegar and baking soda?
  • Method 2: How to clean stove drip pans with dish soap and baking soda? 
  • Method 3: How to clean stove drip pans with household ammonia?
  • Method 4: How to clean stove drip pans with oven cleaner?
  • Method 5: How to clean stove drip pans with hydrogen peroxide and baking soda?
  • Method 6: How to clean stove drip pans with Bar Keepers Friend?
  • Method 7: How to clean stove drip pans with dish-washing detergent?
  • Method 8: How to clean stove drip pans with a mild abrasive cleaner?
  • Method 9: How to clean stove drip pans with WD-40?

Method 1: How to clean stove drip pans with vinegar and baking soda

Using white vinegar and baking soda is the most popular and easiest way to clean drip pans. It is favorite because it's free from any type of harsh or poisonous chemicals. So, whoever hates using chemicals can use these steps. 

  • Step 1: Make sure the drip pans are placed in the sink in boiling water for about 10 minutes to soak. (You will need enough hot water to cover all the drip pans)
  • Step 2: Now, drain the water from the sink and cover them with white vinegar to cover grease and food particles for at least 30 minutes so that they will be all underwater. 
  • Step 3: Sprinkle baking soda into the vinegar but don't drain vinegar.
  • Step 4: Rub baking soda properly into the burnt-on crust area on your drip pan. 
  • Step 5: Let the drain pans soak for about 15 minutes so that baking soda and vinegar mixture will work on the stains. It will make the burnt residue flake away.
  • Step 6: Rinse them with hot water. (If there are remaining stains, apply more baking soda)
  • Step 7: Rinse your drip pan and dry it with a towel. 

This method is capable enough to clean any type of tough stains.

Method 2: How to clean stove drip pans with dish soap and baking soda? 

The dish soap and baking soda method are some of the most effective and most natural ways. It's on the top of my suggestion for the ingredients that are very much available, and also, it is a very super-speedy method.

  • Step 1: Make a mixture of dish soap and baking soda in a 1:1 ratio. You can make a very effective homemade cleaner by mixing half-cup of each. Mix it until it gets a frothy and foamy consistency. 
  • Step 2: Use the mixture to scrub away into the drip pans generously. Use a brush or sponge to clean until all the gunk starts loosens up. 
  • Step 3: Use any type of plastic bag to transfer the soapy drip pans. 
  • Step 4: Now let them sit there for at least one hour inside the plastic bags. 
  • Step 5: Remove the drip pans from the bags. Then use the rough side of your sponge to get the remaining dirt off.
  • Step 6: Rinse them thoroughly with hot water so that all the mixture gets off from the drip pans.
  • Step 7: Let the pans dry with a dishcloth and replace them. 

Method 3: How to clean stove drip pans with household ammonia?

The ammonia method is an effective and less scrubbing method. If anyone wants to work less to make drip pans spot-free, then this is for them.

  • Step 1: Place each of your drip pans in separate plastic bags (One-gallon sealable bag are preferable) 
  • Step 2: Add a quarter cup of household ammonia on each of the bags. 
  • Step 3: Seal them and leave them in your sink for at least 12 hours.
  • Step 4: Use a well-ventilated area to open them and remove them.
  • Step 5: If there is still dirt left, wipe them with sponge and dish soap.
  • Step 6: Rinse them with hot water. Then dry then and replace.

(Use gloves and open one window to get fumes away)

Method 4: How to clean stove drip pans with oven cleaner?

Oven cleaners are designed to remove burnt gunk or grease off from ovens. It is also useful for many cookware. It can be an excellent per-packaged cleaner for drip pans.

  • Step 1: Place drip pans into the sink and apply some dish soap over them.
  • Step 2: Fill the tub with enough boiling water to cover all the drip pans. 
  • Step 3: Let them soak for at least 1 hour.
  • Step 4: Now drain the water and soap mixture and rinse them with a sponge. 
  • Step 5: Spray oven cleaner over the drip pans. And wait for another 1 hour to sit on pans. 
  • Step 6: Rub them properly with a sponge. If any dirt is still available, repeat the process.
  • Step 7: Rinse them with clean water and dry them before replacing them. 

Method 5: How to clean stove drip pans with hydrogen peroxide and baking soda?

This is an excellent method for cleaning stove drip pans as well as a stove-top. You just have to be careful not to damage any element.

  • Step 1: Rinse drip pans to loose gunk and debris.
  • Step 2: Drizzle baking soda over drip pans, mainly over the worst dirt area of the drip pans.
  • Step 3: Sprinkle hydrogen peroxide now over the drip pans. It will make the baking soda fizzle.
  • Step 4: Leave it like that for a couple of minutes and then rinse away with water.
  • Step 5: If there is still dirt, repeat the process. Lastly, dry them and replace them.

Method 6: How to clean stove drip pans with Bar Keepers Friend? 

If you want to use cleaning products by purchasing from the store. I suggest the bar keepers friend method.

  • Step 1: Use a spray bottle to spray the drip pans with water. 
  • Step 2: Scatter the barkeeper friend over the stained parts. 
  • Step 3: Wait for several minutes so that the powder can sit. It can take at least 5 minutes or more.
  • Step 4: Scrub them with a sponge or any tool. (Don't use steel wool. It makes cause scratch on them)
  • Step 5: Rinse them with water, and if there is still dirt on them, repeat the process. 
  • Step 6: Dry them using dishcloth and replace them.

Method 7: How to clean stove drip pans with dish-washing detergent?

We use dish-washing detergent in washing dishes. But it also works well in cleaning drip pans if you follow proper steps.

  • Step 1: Fill a pot with enough water to cover all the drip pans.
  • Step 2: Now add half a cup of detergent on the pot and bring it to boil.
  • Step 3: Turn the heat down, let it boil for 30 minutes.
  • Step 4: Carefully remove them and rinse to clean.

Method 8: How to clean stove drip pans with a mild abrasive cleaner?

The mild abrasive cleaning method is also an easy tip that you can follow without any hesitation.

  • Step 1: Place drip pans in the sink and cover them with boiled water.
  • Step 2: Allow drip pans to soak for about 15 minutes.
  • Step 3: Rub pans by using mild abrasive cleaner and a brush or sponge. (Don't use steel wool's, it can cause scratches) 
  • Step 4: Rinse them with clean water and dry them with a paper towel.

Method 9: How to clean stove drip pans with WD-40?

If you don't have any problem using chemicals and want a good result, you can follow this method.

  • Step 1: Use a generous amount of WD-40 to spray and cover the drip pans, mainly include the dirty parts. 
  • Step 2: Let the lubricant penetrate the muddy areas for an hour of close. 
  • Step 3: Submerge them with warm water in your sink.
  • Step 4: Scrub them with a mild sponge properly.
  • Step 5: Rinse and dry.

(Cover your surface with paper and place drip pans over them to protect your surface. Also, use rubber gloves and release fumes by opening a window)

How to keep stove drip pans clean?

You can save yourself from severe troubles in the future by maintaining a clean routine. For this, you have to make a mental note of having mild cleaning after cooking. You have to wipe dust, grease or food particles as soon as they cool down after cooking sessions. 

Final verdict: These methods may look confusing to you. But believe me, you will find it so easy when you will use it practically.

So from all these methods, you can choose whatever process you like the most or based on what ingredient is available for you. But I will suggest you use 'Method 1, 2 & 3' for better and secure service. 

I hope it was helpful to you. If you like this or you have any questions or suggestions, please let us know by leaving a comment on our site.

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