Want to know how to clean stove drip pans the best way possible? Me too. So I tested out four popular methods and came to a clear conclusion.
Oven stovetops: notoriously known for getting disgusting, especially those stove drip pans that catch all the overflowing boiling water, accidentally spilled sauces and miscellaneous food debris. They get nasty and black far too quickly.
So, what is the best way to clean stove drip pans? Can you ever really get them sparkling like new, or should you just buy new ones and remember to cover them with aluminum foil this time?
Well, I was determined to find out! Today, I’m sharing a Pinterest Experiment. I searched Pinterest to find various methods on how to clean burner pans. I think you’ll be surprised with the results.
Experiment #1 – How to Clean Stove Drip Pans with Ammonia
This is definitely the cleaning experiment I was most interested in trying out. It seemed simple and cheap and the results online were always amazing (even for things like getting grills sparkling again). I had to buy ammonia at the store (it only cost a few dollars) since we didn’t have any on hand, but it is a relatively cheap way to clean stove drip pans, if it works!
What you’ll need to clean drip pans with ammonia:
Instructions for cleaning stove drip pans with ammonia
1. Place dirty drip pan into a Ziploc bag.
2. Pour 1/4 cup ammonia into the bag.
3. Seal it shut.
4. Place it outside in the sun (one post said the sun helped vaporize the ammonia, which is what does the cleaning – the vapors).
5. Leave it outside overnight. I left mine outside for almost 24 hours. You don’t necessarily have to leave it outside, but ammonia stinks, and my bag did end up leaking, so I am thankful it was outside.
6. Bring it inside, hold your nose, and dump the ammonia out.
7. Wipe off the dirt and grime with a scouring pad.
8. And voila! Clean!
Did it work?
Cleaning stove drip pans with ammonia did NOT work for me. I don’t know if it’s because my burner pans are the cheapest of cheap apartment chrome drip pans and not ceramic ones like I found on the pin in question.
I also don’t know if maybe I used too much ammonia or did something wrong there. All I know is that my burner pan still looked gross, extra step and all. They were better, but not sparkling.
It’s not a horrible idea, as ammonia is inexpensive, but it’s also a harsh chemical and very stinky and takes overnight to get it (ideally) sparkly. Also, don’t mix ammonia with
Also, don’t mix ammonia with an other chemicals, especially bleach!
Experiment #2 – How to Clean Stove Drip Pans with Bar Keepers Friend
One of my friends told me about Bar Keepers Friend and that she loves using it to clean her pots and pans.
In fact, I tested it out on one of my nasty pizza pans that my husband brought into our marriage five years ago that I have never seen shiny silver and Bar Keepers Friend had it shining again in about five minutes. Amazing, right? So, maybe it would clean my burner pans as awesomely too!
What you’ll need for cleaning a drip pan with Bar Keepers Friend:
1. Dirty burner pan
2. Bar Keepers Friend (or Comet? Are they the same thing?)
3. Scour Pad
5. Spray bottle (optional)
Instructions for cleaning stove drip pans with Bar Keepers Friend:
1. Get your dirty stove drip pan a little wet. A spray bottle might be helpful.
2. Sprinkle some Bar Keepers Friend onto your pan, getting it all over it.
3. Let it sit for 5+ minutes, especially if your burner pan is nasty, like mine.
4. Take your scour pad and scrub the burner pan aggressively!
5. Rinse with water.
6. Voila! You’re done!
Did it work?
Bar Keepers Friend did clean up some of the black nasty gunk that had built up on my stove drip pan. Unfortunately, it didn’t do the job all the way. It’s a simple way, and also not too expensive, but it just didn’t complete the job. But, it’s a great product!
Experiment #3 – How to Clean Drip Pans with WD-40
I happened to have some WD-40 already, so I was willing to give this pinterest find a try.
What you’ll need to clean dirty drip pan with WD-40:
1. Dirty burner pan
3. Scour pad
5. Dish soap
Instructions for cleaning gross drip pans with WD-40:
1. Spray the burner pan liberally with WD-40.
2. Leave the room so you don’t get light headed. Wait about 20+ minutes.
3. Scrub vigorously with the scour pad.
4. Make sure to get all the WD-40 off (because apparently, you could explode if you don’t?!). Use some dish soap and water to help you do this.
5. Viola! Clean pans!
Did it work?
Nope. Pretty much not at all. Using WD-40 was by far the worst way to clean my stove drip pans, and apparently dangerous if you don’t get it all off!
The blogger that shared this tip had one of the cleanest burner pans I had ever seen before cleaning it. Mine was much nastier to start. So, I suppose if you just have a light crud problem on your stove drip pans you might be good to go. But, I would use one of these other methods first. They work much better.
Experiment #4 – How to Clean Drip Pans with Baking Soda and Vinegar (and Essential Oils)
Having just first-hand about the power of essential oils (and receiving some free samples), and knowing that baking soda works well for cleaning ovens, and vinegar for cleaning pots (and many other things, I knew this Pinterest find had some merit.
What you’ll need to clean dirty drip pans with baking soda and vinegar:
1. Dirty stove drip pan.
2. Baking Soda
3. White Vinegar
4. Orange essential oils (or other citrus oil)
5. Scour pad
7. Spray Bottle
Instructions for cleaning stove drip pans with baking soda and vinegar
1. Sprinkle your dirty drip pan with baking soda. Coat it well.
2. Spray a 1:1 vinegar/water (although straight vinegar will work, but in either case, a spray bottle is helpful since the burner pans are curved) on the baking soda. Make it fizzle. You know it is working now!
3. Drop some orange essential oils on top (or add some to your spray bottle used in the previous step. I ending up doing both). It smells delicious!
4. Let it sit for 2+ hours.
5. It should have formed a good paste by now. If now, spritz again/pour vinegar on it, add more baking soda, etc.
6. Scrub with your scour pad and watch the crud come off.
7. Rinse with water.
8. Viola! A clean burner pan!
Did it work?
Yes. Actually, it worked the BEST of all the methods I tried, although never managed to get my pans perfectly sparkling. But, it was the method I used on the other stove burner drip pans after their failed attempts to do a good job.
Plus, baking soda, vinegar, and essential oils are all natural green ways to clean stove burner’s drip pans! Baking soda and vinegar are inexpensive and you probably already have some in your home.
However, essential oils can be pricey to buy. I just happened to have a sample bottle I received a week ago to use. It made the whole process smell great, and I do think gave it a little extra cleaning power.
So, what was the best way to clean burner pans?
Despite finding baking soda and vinegar to do the best job cleaning my burner pans, none of the four methods I found on Pinterest and tried for myself proved to get any of the drip pans completely silver and brand-new looking.
So, we’ll likely just buy new pans (coughing up about $10+) before we leave our apartment so we won’t be dinged on our deposit.
My husband always did this in college. In fact, he even kept an extra clean, new set around specifically for cleaning checks! He would then remove them before anyone used them. I was just hoping to find the best way to clean burner pans inexpensively, so I wouldn’t have to replace them when I move, and so I could have clean pans whenever I actually felt like cleaning them.
Perhaps the real problem is I just let them go for too long!
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