Confession time: I haven’t cleaned the drip pans on my stove since I’ve moved into this apartment. I’ve lived here a few months. Apparently I have an issue with letting things boil over in the pot… so my drip pans end up looking like I saved them from the remains of a burned-to-the-ground house. Not cool.
What is cool, however, is how I went about cleaning the drip pans. As you can see in the after picture, the drip pans don’t look 100% perfect after I cleaned them.
I tend to worry a lot. I know myself – if I used anything stronger I would’ve worried about being blown to pieces when I turned on the stove.
So, a good old fashioned scrub down with dish soap and baking soda it was. Even if it’s irrational, unfortunately it’s my thought process.
Now, this isn’t a set it and forget it method. You’re going to have to put some elbow grease into this. Not much. Just enough to get most of the gunk out. And boy was it gunky.
I’m actually almost embarrassed to show this to you, but I guess I’ll take one for the team just this time.
Here is the hot mess that lives beneath my burners.
Get it? Hot Mess! I’d love to say that I “let it get really bad just for this blog post” but I can’t.
Step 1: Remove burners, lift out the drip pans and shake them out into the sink or into a garbage bag to get rid of any loose gunk.
Step 2: Spray down the drip pan. You’ll be surprised how much gunk this removes on it’s own. It helps if your faucet has a powerful spray like mine does.
Step 3: 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 is what it looks like when it’s all mixed up.
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