Are you wondering how to clean drip pans without smelly chemicals that’ll burn your nose hairs off? I was too. So, I decided it was time to use my go-to cleaning products in an attempt to tackle cleaning stove drip pans on my well-loved (code for lots of boiled-over pots) stove.
As you can see in the after photo, the drip pans don’t look completely brilliant and perfect after cleaning. I’m okay with the result. I wasn’t after perfection – just clean drip pans that didn’t involve giving myself a dizzying headache to achieve the end result.
I’m a bit of a worrier – so I know if I used anything stronger, I would’ve worried about being blown to pieces once I turned the stove on. So, a good old fashioned scrub down with dish soap and baking soda was in order. I’m always surprised at how many household messes this simple combination can address.
How to Clean Drip Pans Naturally
Now, this isn’t a set-it-and-forget it method of cleaning stove drip pans. You’re going to have to put some elbow grease into this. Not much. Just enough to get most of the gunk out. Oh man was it gunky. I’m actually slightly embarrassed to show you this. But, I guess I’ll take one for the team just this time. Promise not to judge too harshly?
Here is the hot mess that resides beneath my burners. I’d love to say that I “let it get really bad for the purpose of this blog post” but I can’t. This is the real-life stove of someone that cooks virtually every meal at home.
Here’s the Step by Step Process
Remove burners, lift out the drip pans and shake them into the sink or into a garbage bag to get rid of any loose gunk.
Spray down the stove drip pans. You’ll be surprised at just how much gunk a strong steam of water can remove on its own. It helps if your faucet has a powerful spray so you can get all up into that drip pans face to blast the gunk away.
Combine dish soap and baking soda in a 1:1 ratio in a small bowl. Mix together until it creates a frosting-like consistency with a slightly foamy texture. Here’s what you should see when you have everything all mixed up.
Apply the mixture to your drip pans generously. When I say generously, I mean slathered. Don’t be shy about this. Then, give it a scrub down for a few seconds to loosen things up. I scrubbed for 30 seconds or so on the ones that were in especially bad shape.
Transfer the drip pans to Ziploc bags so they’re out of the way and aren’t soaping up your counters. Let them sit for an hour or more. If you don’t want to waste “good” bags on this, just use the plastic bags your groceries are bagged in. Actually, I should’ve done that myself but didn’t think of it until right now.
There’s no better time than now to lift up that “hood” and clean whatever this thing is called. Again, a little soap and water does the job just fine.
Remove from bags and scrub away. I didn’t get a picture of this step, but here’s the result.
Note: I scrubbed with a crocheted dish scrubbie. You will have way better results using the tough side of a regular dish sponge.
I’m happy with the results. They aren’t in like new condition but don’t you agree that the after looks much better than the before? Huge improvement in my eyes. So, if you’re looking for an easy and natural method of learning how to clean clean your drip pans, I highly recommend you give this a try. If you want more easy cleaning tips, check out how I clean the kitchen in 15 minutes or less.