How to Clean Burner Pans


Whether cooking is a joy or just another daily chore, cleanup can sometimes be more than you bargained for. No matter how hard you try to keep them clean, burner pans inevitably develop a layer of burnt-on food. Even wiping down the stove and burner pans on a daily basis can't totally prevent this buildup from happening. Thankfully, you can clean this unsightly mess in a safe and easy way, without the agony of harsh, toxic chemicals and their caustic fumes.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring spoons
  • Vinegar
  • Cream of tartar
  • Small bowl
  • Cotton balls
  • Scouring pad
  • Mix four teaspoons of vinegar with four teaspoons of cream of tartar in a small bowl.

  • Dip a cotton ball in the cleaning solution and rub over the entire burner pan.

  • Allow the solution to penetrate the burner pan for five to 10 minutes.

  • Use a scouring pad to scrub the loosened residue free. Rinse in hot, soapy water.

Tips & Warnings

  • Effort is required when scrubbing the burner pans, but is well-worth it. Repeat process several times if necessary for more heavily soiled burner pans. Another cleaning option is using Trisodium Phosphate (TSP), found in paint or hardware stores. Follow the directions on the box to mix and then use to scrub away grease and grime from burner pans.
  • Don't use metal scouring pads, as this may scratch the finish of the burner pans.

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