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How to Clean the Stove Drip Pans

How to Clean the Stove Drip Pans
How to Clean the Stove Drip Pans

Cleaning the drip pans on your stove is integral to keeping your oven in good working order. The drip pans are designed to capture grease and other liquid that would otherwise fall onto the heating element and cause a fire.

If they get clogged with food or grease, they can also lead to unpleasant odors coming from the oven when you use them.

How to Clean the Stove Drip Pans – step by step

Time needed: 15 minutes

  1. Pour 2 cups of water into the drip pans.

    You will need two cups of hot water to clean the drip pans. You should use boiling water if you have a gas stove. If it is an electric or induction cooktop, ensure the temperature is high enough to boil the two cups of liquid in a few seconds.
    Once your water is ready, pour it into each drip pan. You don’t need to fill them up all the way. Just make sure there’s enough water at first.
    This ensures that when you add your dish soap later on and start scrubbing with paper towels, there won’t be any leftovers from the cleaning process sticking around in those corners and crevices of your stovetop!

  2. Add 1/2 cup white vinegar.

    Vinegar has a multitude of uses and is a powerful cleaning agent. It will help to remove burnt food, as well as stains from the drip pans. Vinegar can also be used for other things around the house, such as cleaning your windows!
    It’s crucial to remember that vinegar is safe for your health, so you don’t have to stress about it harming your family’s health if they contact or consume it.

  3. If the pans are stuck, soak them for an hour.

    Soak the drip pans in hot water and dishwashing liquid. This will soften any caked-on food that may be stuck to the bottom of the pan.

  4. Use a soft scrub brush to clean off any baked-on food and rinse thoroughly. Dry with a towel

  5. Allow the baking soda to bubble for 20 minutes.

  6. Rinse off with a damp cloth, then dry the drip pan

Clean Stove Drip Pans
Clean Stove Drip Pans

You can have clean drip pans again.

You’ve probably noticed that your stove drip pans collect a lot of grease and oil. You may have also noticed that they can be hard to clean.

But don’t worry! With some elbow grease and baking soda, your drip pans may look as good as new, and you will learn how to clean the stove drip pans.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A sponge or cloth
  • Baking soda (optional)

First, wipe down the surface of your stove with warm water and soap, making sure that all food particles are removed from the surface before proceeding further.

Next, apply a layer of baking soda over any stains on your drip pans using either an old toothbrush or spray bottle method (I prefer using my spray bottle).

Let it sit for 10 minutes so it has time to work its magic, then wipe it away with warm water until all residue is gone.

If there is still some discoloration after this process, repeat as necessary until it looks clean again!


The stove drip pans should be cleaned regularly to prevent rust and keep your stovetop looking nice.

This process is pretty simple and shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes if you follow these steps. It can be done right before bed or in the morning, so don’t stress out. Just do it!

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