One word described my drip pans- gross! I consider myself a very clean and tidy person, but my stove’s drip pans were just plain nasty. I finally decided enough is enough and cleaned those things and I’m going to show you just how I did it!
DISCLAIMER: I’ll be completely honest with you- I want to say that this was super easy and you can have them shiny and beautiful in no time but that just wasn’t true for me. Maybe it was because everything was really, really, really cooked on there, who knows, but the point is this was not as easy as I thought it was going to be. Worth it! But not a quick fix. For me, at least! I hope that this doesn’t discourage you from trying it, I just want to be honest up front so you don’t come back and yell at me if you have to use a little more elbow grease than you expected!
Here are the steps!
- Remove the burners and drip pans from the stove and placed them on the counter top.
- Place each drip pan in it’s own zip-top plastic bag. Then add 1/3 cup of ammonia to each bag and zip up right away!
- Here’s the easiest step- Let your pans stay in the bags for 24 hours. Don’t worry about moving them around in the bags or anything, just let the fumes do what they do best!
- Here’s the stinky part! After 24 hours have passed put on your rubber gloves and remove the drip pans from their bags. I did this one at a time, cleaning one before moving onto the next one. With a plastic bristled brush, followed by a soapy rag or sponge, scrub off the grime. Depending on how clean your pans get you may or may not be able to stop at this step. Mine looked like this, so I kept going.
- In a bowl combine baking soda and water to create a paste. Using a rag, scoop some of the paste onto your drip pans and scrub, scrub, scrub! This took me quite a lot of time and elbow grease. I hope yours are not as baked on as mine were! There were some spots that were so hard neither the baking soda paste nor my fingernails could get them off. I resorted to a table knife. I don’t know if I would recommend doing so, as it scratched my pans, but I was desperate and tired. If you don’t care about a few scratches then go for it.
- Give them one more wash with a soapy rag or sponge, dry them off, and you’re done! Marvel at the under appreciated beauty that is clean drip pans!
BONUS CLEANING TIP! Did you know that your stove does this?! I didn’t until the handyman at an old apartment complex showed me a few years ago! I love how easy it is to clean under the drip pans now! While you’ve got your pans in the ammonia go ahead and give this a try. It’s so quick and easy!