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How-to Clean Your Drip Pans

Hey all! I’ve been packing things up and cleaning like a madwoman the past few weeks in preparation for our big move next week. I decided to take a break from all the craziness to share a great tip.

How-to Clean Your Drip Pans

I hate the idea of leaving our little apartment a mess for the future tenant so I’ve been doing some serious deep cleaning. One of the first areas I hit up was the kitchen. I am always amazed and incredibly disgusted at how greasy and dirty things get! I have been fighting to get the drip pans clean on our old electric stove ever since we moved in. They have never been clean to my standards but no matter how much scrubbing and soaking I did, I couldn’t get them clean! Arg! It drove me mad! And then my mom told me the key to no-scrub, clean drip pans!

How-to Clean Your Drip Pans

Before I share this tip, let me show you my dirty, greasy drip pans. I know how much you were all dying to see them! I realize that they aren’t as bad as they could be, but they are by no means clean. Stuck on food, crustiness, and grease coated. Yuck.

How-to Clean Your Drip Pans

No amount of baking soda, magic erasers, soaking or scrubbing would get these babies clean.

How-to Clean Your Drip Pans

Ready for the key ingredient in scrub-free drip pans?? Ammonia. I know, I know. Ammonia smells. Bad. But the ease of ammonia will have me using it again!

All you have to do is place your drip pans in ziploc baggies and add a splash of ammonia to the bag… roughly 1/4 cup. You don’t need to cover your pans, the fumes are what does the cleaning! You’ll see the bags get all fume-y pretty quickly.

Place your baggies on baking sheets and set them outside overnight. You don’t have to set them outside but in case they leak, it is nice to not have to worry about the fumes.

How-to Clean Your Drip Pans

After sitting with the fumes for 5 minutes, look at how gross the ammonia already was!!!

How-to Clean Your Drip Pans

After leaving your pans to sit with the ammonia overnight, take them out of the baggies and rinse them off. Wipe them with a sponge and notice all that gross-ness fall right off! {Note: make sure to have  your windows open while rinsing and wiping because those fumes are not pleasant!!}

How-to Clean Your Drip Pans

Voila! Magically clean drip pans! And not a tiny bit of scrubbing! They look brand new!

How-to Clean Your Drip Pans

And because a tip like this really deserves a good before and after……. Look at that difference! Wowza!

How-to Clean Your Drip Pans

And here is another quick little tip that I wish I had known earlier… the top of most electric stoves lifts up to allow easy access to clean the crumbs that fall through. I’m not sure if gas stoves do this, but most electric stoves do!

Do you have any “magical” cleaning tips??

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