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It’s not always easy to clean stove drip pans. They can be challenging to reach and require special tools or cleaning products. But it’s essential to keep them clean, as they can become a breeding ground for bacteria if not cleaned regularly. In this article, we will provide tips on cleaning stove drip pans quickly and easily.
Use Some Baking Soda
Pour some baking soda into the drip pan and spread it around with a spoon. Let the baking soda sit for a few hours, or overnight if possible. Then, use a wet sponge or cloth to scrub the baking soda off the pan. Rinse the pan with water and dry it off. You can also add some vinegar if you’d like. If the baking soda didn’t do the trick, try using a scrubbing brush on it instead.
You can cover the drip pan with a paste made of baking soda and vinegar for tough spots. Let this paste rest for five to ten minutes, then scrub it away. You can also try boiling some water in the pan for two minutes. The steam will loosen any baked-on foods or grease, making it easier to remove them with a wet sponge.
Pour one cup of white vinegar into the drip pan and fill up the rest of the way with water (the liquid should not go above the halfway mark). Then place it back on the stove and let simmer until the acidic smell dissipates (approximately 20-30 minutes). Rinse and dry as usual.
Fill a spray bottle with vinegar
Spray the vinegar over the baking soda. Let it sit for a few minutes, then scrub it away with a wet sponge or cloth. Rinse the pan with water and dry it off. You can add baking soda to a damp sponge or cloth and use it the same way.
Baking soda is also your best bet for cleaning spilled grease from stove drip pans. Just pour some into the pan and scrub away with a wet sponge or cloth. Rinse the pan out with water and dry it off when you’re done. You can add a bit of vinegar if you want, but it’s unnecessary.
You can make a paste with baking soda and vinegar for callous spots by stirring them together until they create an even consistency. Let this paste rest for five to ten minutes before scrubbing it away. You can then wipe or rinse the spot away as usual.
Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar about halfway. Then, add in two tablespoons of baking soda. Spray the vinegar over the baking soda in the bottle. Let it sit for a few minutes, then shake it up and spray again. Continue to spray until all of the stains are gone, or move on to another method if necessary.
Use salt instead of baking soda
Sprinkle salt onto any remaining stain spots in your drip pan. Use a wet sponge or cloth to scrub away the stains until you can’t see them anymore. The salt will help break down grease and other tough stains while acting as an abrasive cleaner! Rinse with water and dry off afterward. As a bonus, this is also recommended for cleaning burnt pots and pans.
If salt doesn’t work, try adding baking soda to both the pan and your sponge or cloth. If that still doesn’t do the trick, you can always move on to using a commercially available stove cleaner product. Note: be sure not to use any of these cleaners on glass-top stoves because they might scratch them! Make sure to read all packaging before applying the product.
After cleaning, ensure that your drip pans dry entirely, so they don’t rust or corrode from water damage. You can do this by leaving them overnight right after cleaning, placing them near a fan while drying, or simply wiping each one with a paper towel until dry. Once dry, replace them over your burners and enjoy.
Skip using baking soda or vinegar
Skip using baking soda or vinegar. If there isn’t any grease splattered on the drip pan, this method will work fine. Fill a bowl with hot water and add a few tablespoons of dish soap (dish soap works best). Let your stove drip pans soak for fifteen to thirty minutes before cleaning them. Rinse and dry as usual after removing from the soapy mixture.
If that doesn’t work, try heating some water in the pan over the stove until it boils. Then turn off the heat and let everything cool down before rinsing and scrubbing away any remaining crud. You can also pour some dish soap straight into the drip pan before turning on the burner if you want. Only use this method on electric coils, not gas burners.
Here’s an extra tip for you if you’re looking to finally get your drip pans clean: rinse the pan while it’s still warm with some salt and baking soda mixed in a bowl of water. This should help break down any remaining tough stains, so they come right off! The salt will act as an abrasive cleaner, while the baking soda is excellent for lifting grease and grime.
Rinse out the mixture and scrub away as usual before rinsing once more with hot tap water and thoroughly drying.
If these methods don’t work for you, try using Bon Ami. It’s non-toxic and robust enough to cut through burnt-on messes.
You can also use a Whink rust and stain remover, another great product made specifically to remove tough stains from many surfaces. You’ll probably be able to find it at your local grocery or hardware store for about $4 a bottle.
Again, make sure the drip pans are completely dry before replacing them over your stove burners with any of these remedies. This will help prevent damage from corrosion caused by water absorption. If you don’t have dishwasher soap around, try using Bar Keepers Friend as an alternative to getting those nasty stains out.
There are various ways to clean your stove drip pans – some easier than others. We’ve provided a few methods that should work for most people, but if you still can’t get the stains out, don’t worry! There are plenty of commercial products on the market designed specifically for this task. Just be sure to read all labels and warnings before using any product. And as always, make sure the drip pans are completely dry before replacing them over your burners. Doing so will help prevent any damage from corrosion caused by water absorption.