How to Clean Stainless Steel Stove Drip Pans

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Drips and spills inevitably occur when you're cooking on a stovetop. To remedy this problem, stove manufacturers include stainless steel drip pans under the burners as catch-alls. As a best practice, you should clean the drip pans as soon as possible after a spill. But sometimes cleaning right away is not possible, leaving you with stained drip pans. Fortunately, you can remove the stains and restore the drip pans' gleaming finish.

Things You'll Need

  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • Small container
  • Spoon
  • Sponge
  • 2 soft cloths
  • Sink basin or dish pan
  • Warm water
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 5 soft cloths
  • Ammonia
  • Sink basin
  • Rubber gloves
  • Garbage bag
  • Water
  • Soap

Baking Soda Method

  • Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1-1/2 cups of water into a small container. Stir well with a spoon to form a paste.

  • Dip a sponge in the paste and coat the inside of the stainless steel drip pans. Allow the paste to remain on the pans for 10 minutes. Wipe the paste away with a soft cloth.

  • Fill a sink basin or dish pan with warm water. Add 1/4 cup vinegar and agitate with your hand to mix.

  • Rinse the drip pans in the vinegar water and dry with a soft cloth before replacing on the stovetop.

Ammonia Method

  • Plug a sink basin and pour 1/2 inch of ammonia in the bottom. Put on rubber gloves to protect your skin.

  • Place 4 soft cloths in the sink to saturate them with ammonia. Remove the cloths one at a time and squeeze lightly to remove excess liquid.

  • Lay one cloth in each of the stainless steel drip pans. Ensure that the ammonia-soaked cloth is making contact with all inside surfaces of the pan.

  • Place the pans in a garbage bag and seal the bag tightly. Place the bag in a garage or outside area overnight.

  • Remove the cloths from the pans. Wash the pans in warm soapy water with a clear water rinse. Dry with a soft cloth and replace them on the stove top.

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References

  • "Haley's Cleaning Hints"; Graham Haley & Rosemary Haley; 2004
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