With these two ways for cleaning stove drip pans, you can get rid of caked-on food and filthy stains.
The cooktop is one of the most likely kitchen surfaces to become soiled during meal preparation. Examine the drip pans at each burner carefully. They’re probably covered with spaghetti sauce, frying oil, and scrambled eggs that have sloshed out of the pan and solidified into a concrete-like covering. But don’t start bringing out the hazardous chemicals just yet! Here’s how to clean stove top drip pans using common household products and elbow grease, allowing homeowners to obtain gleaming cooktops with minimum effort.
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How Often to Clean Stove Drip Pans
Drip pans should ideally be cleaned after each usage of a cooktop burner. The drip pans are easier to clean if spills and splatters are dealt with as soon as they occur. Realistically, if you cook meals on a regular basis, clean the drip pans monthly or as needed when stains appear. Allowing food particles and grease to accumulate on drip pans can lead to smoke and, in extreme cases, fires.
How To Clean Stovetop Drip Pans
If the drip pans are in extremely terrible shape, new and disposable drip pans are inexpensively available online and through mass merchandisers.
Baking Soda and Dish Soap Method
Are you in a rush to clean those cooktop drip pans? Maybe you’ve planned to come over for dinner? You may begin this super-fast approach at noon and be ready to cook by supper. (Don’t worry, most of that time will be spent soaking rather than scrubbing!)
STEP 1 Remove the (fully cooled) drip pans, shake off any stray crumbs into a garbage can, and thoroughly clean the pans in the hottest water your sink has to provide.
STEP 2 Combine liquid dish soap and baking soda in a small basin in a 1:1 ratio. A half-cup of each is a decent starting point, but feel free to add more if desired.
STEP 3 Coat each drip pan thoroughly with the soap/baking soda mixture, scraping it into the pans with your fingertips or a pastry brush. Some of the muck should start to come loose straight immediately; if not, don’t worry. Simply continue to the next step.
STEP 4 Stack the soapy drip plates in the sink and set them aside for about an hour. While you’re waiting, use a moist sponge soaked in baking soda to clean the remainder of your stovetop so it matches your soon-to-be-sparkling drip pans. Wipe the baking soda off the stove with a clean damp towel, then dry it with a soft dishcloth.
STEP 5 Thoroughly rinse the drip pans with hot water to remove any soap mixture. Remove any residual filth with a scrub brush or a sponge soaked in baking soda.
STEP 6 Wipe off the drip pans with a dish towel and replace them on the cooktop. Replace the burners and cook on your spotless cooktop!
Follow these instructions for cleaning stove drip pans for an equally effective approach that involves even less scrubbing. The idea is to soak in harsher cleansers for longer periods of time. It is ideal to begin the procedure after supper so that you have a clean cooktop before the next day’s lunch.
STEP 1: After supper, let your drip pans cool. Then take them out, rinse them in hot water, and place each one in its own one-gallon sealable plastic bag.
STEP 2 Fill each bag with one-quarter cup of household ammonia. There’s no need to thoroughly cover the drip pans with ammonia; the fumes will do the hard job of loosening burnt-on food spatter.
STEP 3 Seal the tops of the plastic bags and stack them in your empty kitchen sink overnight, or at least for 12 hours.
STEP 4 Remove the drip pans from the bags and open them in a well-ventilated area (the smells will be intense). Then, seal and dispose of the old bags and any remaining ammonia.
STEP 5 Wipe away any remaining debris on the drip pans using a sponge and dish soap—it shouldn’t take much elbow grease. Hot water should be used to completely rinse the drip pans.
STEP 6 Wipe off the drip pans with a cloth and replace them on the cooktop. Voilà! There will be no evidence of yesterday night’s meal on your busy kitchen gadget.
Cleaning the Stove Rings
Here’s another cleaning tip for your stove rings. The rings, like the drip pans, can get sticky and crusty.
- Place two rings at a time in a 2-gallon plastic bag, Ziploc bag, or other sealable storage bag.
- Fill the bottom of the 2-gallon plastic bag with ammonia after the rings are in. There is no need to entirely fill the bag. The ammonia fumes dislodge the gunk.
- Allow the rings to soak in the bag overnight.
- The next day, drain the bag and remove the rings, giving them a thorough rubdown to remove any residual crust.
Keep Your Drip Pans Clean
Mindfulness during and after cooking is the greatest method for homeowners to avoid spending time cleaning up the cooktop. Make a mental note of the mess as it occurs, then clear the cooktop drip pans of spatter, dust, and oil as soon as they cool down after each cooking session.