The Best 3 Simple Steps to Cleaning Stove Drip Pans


Cleaning after cooking can be a real challenge and for most of us, cleaning stove drip pans can be a huge chore especially those stove drip pans that contains overflowing boiling soups or split sauces or other food debris. This quick guide will show you some simple steps to clean and return the drip pans like new.

Cleaning Stove Drip Pans


Now, don’t we all wish there is a magical solution to clean this mess from your stove drip pans with ease but sadly, there is no such thing, and it certainly requires you to put in a little effort into cleaning them.

It could be an electric or a gas stove that you have at home, but after a period of cooking, the drip pans will most definitely develop a layer of dirt or gunk which seems impossible to clean and remove. But don’t you worry because, in this article, we are going to share with you the best way to clean your stove drip pans.

What You Will Need to Clean Stove Drip Pans

  • Dirty Stove Drip Pan
  • White / Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Plastic Bags
  • Scour Par / Old Toothbrush
  • Water
  • Spray Bottle

Step 1 – Remove The Drip Pans

The first thing you need to do before cleaning your stove drip pans is to remove them from your stove before you clean them. Never clean them while they are attached to the stove as it can be very dangerous especially if it is an electric stove as you might get shocked if it comes in contact with water.

​Now different stove may have different ways of removing the drip pans but for most stove, you would need to remove the stove’s eyes first, and once the eyes are removed, the drip pans should be easily removed by lifting them straight up from the stove.

​Lift up the drip pans and shake off any loose gunk on the drip pan into the sink or the garbage bin.

Step 2 – Soak The Drip Pans

When it comes to cleaning your stove drip pans, there are quite a few different solutions you can use such as ammonia, bleach or household cleaners like Bar Keepers Friend but the most recommended and effective way is by using white vinegar.

You can also use Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) if you have a bottle left in your pantry for too long and you feel that it might not be suitable for eating anymore, you can put it to good use for cleaning your drip pans.

​You will be surprised at how many ways to use ACV for cleaning and I personally recommend soaking your drip pans in ACV due to its high acidic properties. ACV is capable of removing the stubborn gunk that is stuck in your drip pans, and because the ACV is a natural organic solution, you can be assured that your family won’t be exposed to harmful chemicals.

​Place your drip pans each in a separate plastic bag or container and pour ¼ cup of ACV into each bag, then let the bags of sit for at least around 10 to 15 minutes. After that, remove the drip pans from the plastic bag and rinse it thoroughly with warm water.

Step 3 – Scrubbing the Drip Pans

Now soaking your stove drip pans alone in vinegar may not be enough to remove the dirt or gunk entirely. And if you can still see some dirt or gunk left on the drip pan after soaking, you can try scrubbing the drip pan with a scour pad or an old toothbrush with baking soda.

Mixing the baking soda with a small amount of warm water to create a thick paste-like substance or you can try mixing the baking soda with vinegar for even better effectiveness.

First, sprinkle some baking soda on the drip pan and then spray some water or vinegar on the baking soda and you will see the mixture starts to fizzle and form a paste. Then, you can use a scour pad or old toothbrush to scrub off the remaining debris.

The remaining debris on the drip pans should come off with ease when you scrub them as you have previously soak the drip pans in vinegar or ACV loosening the gunk stuck on the drip pans.

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Safety First


Safety is also very much important so always remember not to clean the drip pans in the stove. Always remove them first and avoid getting your burner wet especially if it is an electric stove. As cleaning stove drip pans while still attach to the stove especially an electric stove can cause a short circuit and injured yourself.


Cleaning stove drip pans shouldn’t be hard. If you follow the steps we just mentioned, you should have a shining drip pans again after the wash. Although the cleaning part can take up some effort but if you are looking for an efficient and natural way on how to clean your stove drips pans, I would strongly recommend this method to you.

Of course, it doesn’t mean that by using this method your drip pans will come out looking brand new, but I’m pretty sure you will be very satisfied with the results, and it will definitely look much better than before.

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