How to Clean Stove Drip Pans? A Step-By-Step Guide 2022

How to clean stove drip pans? It is a common question asked by many chefs. The reason is that they are more challenging to clean than the other parts.

Do not worry! Just follow our instructions, and you will be fine. La Cour will give you three methods to clean these parts.

So, all you need to do is prepare a few household cleaning products.

How to Clean Drip Pans?

Before cleaning these stovetop components, you must prepare the necessary tools and materials. Here’s all you need for this project.

What You Will Need

Materials Equipment And Tools
  • Dishwashing liquid (contain degreaser)
  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Household ammonia
  • Melamine sponge
  • Resealable plastic bags
  • Bucket or sink
  • Sponge
  • Plastic scouring pad
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Rubber gloves (optional)

Using Dishwashing Liquid

Dishwashing Liquid.

You should use this method to handle fresh spills/splatters.

Step 1: Remove The Drip Pan and Other Components

When a spill occurs, you need to remove your drip pan and any decorative rings.

Step 2: Make Cleaning Solution

Pour hot water into a basin, bucket, or sink. Then add a few drops of quality dishwashing liquid containing degreaser ingredients.

Step 3: Cleaning Them

Place your stove components in the cleaning solution and let them soak for ten minutes. Then, use a dishcloth or sponge to wipe away any food debris or grease. You can use a melamine sponge to handle hard-to-remove stains.

Rinse these components in hot water. Then, dry them using a microfiber cloth.

Step 4: Reattach These Components

You need to put them in place to be ready for subsequent use.

Using Vinegar and Baking Soda

Vinegar and Baking Soda.

If you didn’t handle the food build-up with soapy water, you should use this method.

Step 1: Remove the Components

Once your stove has cooled, remove the drip pan and other components. Then, shake them to remove loose burned particles. You should also check whether food spills have overflowed into your stovetop.

Step 2: Soak Them in Warm, Soapy Water

Pour hot water into a basin, bucket, or sink. Then add a few drops of dishwashing detergent into it to make soapy water. Soak your parts in that solution for about fifteen minutes

Step 3: Soak Them in Vinegar

Empty the hot soapy water and rinse your basin. After that, pour distilled white vinegar into the basin and soak your drip pan in it for half an hour.

Step 4: Scrub them with Baking Soda

Sprinkle an adequate amount of baking soda into the solution. If you see a little foam appearing, don’t worry. It results from the acid in the vinegar combined with the baking soda.

Then use a plastic scrubber to scrub away any hard-to-remove stains.

Step 5: Rinse And Dry

Rinse your parts with hot water. After that, dry them with your microfiber cloth.

Using Household Ammonia

Household Ammonia.

Ammonia is one of the most powerful cleaning agents to remove stubborn stains. So, you need to use them in a well-ventilated space.

Also, avoid getting it in contact with your skin, especially if you have sensitive skin. It is wise to wear gloves when working with it.

This method is quite time-consuming, but it is very effective.

Step 1: Put Stove Parts in the Bag 

After removing the drip pan, place each part in a separate resealable plastic bag.

Step 2: Add the Ammonia

Pour about 0.25 cups of household ammonia into each plastic bag. This cleaner is strong enough that you don’t need to cover your stove parts completely. The fumes will go through the grime and grease.

Step 3: Seal Your Bags 

Seal the plastic bags and wait for the ammonia to work for at least half a day. When opening these bags, keep them away from your face. Then, throw these plastic bags in the trash.

Step 4: Wash Them in Hot, Soapy Water

Pour hot water into a basin, bucket, or sink. Then add a few drops of quality dishwashing liquid into it.

Use a sponge to clean your drip pans. Also, it would be best if you use a melamine sponge or plastic scrubber to remove any hard-to-remove stains.

Step 5: Rinse And Dry

Rinse these components thoroughly with hot water and dry each part with a microfiber towel.

What to Know Before Cleaning Stove Drip Pans 

Before cleaning these stovetop components, you need to ensure they are at room temperature. So, if you’ve just finished using the stove, let your drip pan cool down to avoid the risk of burning your fingers.

You will need to remove this equipment to clean them. So, let’s start by removing the grates or coils sitting on them.

If you own an electric stove, you need to remove its burner coil by lifting one side.

Most gas stoves come with metal grates, and you need to lift them off to access their drip pan underneath.

You are now ready to clean these components!

How Often to Clean Drip Pans?

It is best to clean up spills or splashes every time you cook on the stovetop. However, you should clean them more thoroughly once a week if you cook daily. In addition, if you don’t use the hob that often, ideally clean it thoroughly once a month.

Allowing grease and food particles to build upon them can cause smoke and, worst of all, a fire.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do you clean drip pans on an electric stove without vinegar?

You will need to prepare vinegar and baking soda or Household Ammonia and follow the instructions above.

2. Can you use Easy Off on drip pans?

Yes, you can. What this video to know more:

3. Can you clean drip pans with an oven cleaner?

Yes.  Easy-Off oven cleaner is the most popular choice!


So, you’ve got the most common ways to clean the drip pan. Hopefully, they are helpful to you. Thank you for your interest in this article. Happy cleaning!

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She is the one who has been with Saved By The Max since its inception. In the first days of coming here, she worked as a waitress, then through the process of working and learning more specialized knowledge, she is now an events manager.

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