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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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  1. I am sooooooo happy you posted this! I heard about the ammonia from a friend of mine a while back but never knew how much to use or how long to soak them (so the overnight thing outside is great!) now I didn’t know about the electric stove lifting up! (after I hit the submit button I am off to the kitchen to check that little tip out) 😉 thanks again!
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  2. You may have saved my drip pans from the trash. I literally had them on the counter ready to replace them. We will see how it works tonight 🙂 thanks!

  3. Hola! Visiting from The Shabby Creek Cottage. Wow – that’s a great tip. I haven’t used ammonia in years but I’m old enough to know about it and how it used to be used for cleaning, until it got a “toxic’ bad rap. Hey, no more toxic that Mr. Clean, if you ask me… Anyway, that is jut an amazing no-scrub miracle of how to get something totally grungy clean! Now you’ve got me wondering if it will remove built-up grease that even Krud Buster won’t remove. Yikes! Krud Buster took the paint right off my old range hood/fan, had to junk it after that cuz it looked REALLY dirty after the paint was scribbed off showing the blackened aluminum underneath. But Krud Buster did NOT get rid of the crud on the fan filter. Well, to be honest, I hadn’t cleaned it in 19 years… Okay, so I’m not the greatest housekeeper in the world.

    I will definitely try the ammonia inside baggy thing on my gas stove burners. Would not have ever thought of putting them outside overnight, either. That will sure keep the racoons away from my deck looking for leftover peanut shells from the squirrels! If they tear open a package and get a whiff of that wooo hooo, they won’t be back for weeks!

  4. We did this years ago, but also put our oven racks and grill racks in large garbage bags with the ammonia and set them outside, then just rinsed them off with a garden hose. Thanks for reminding me about this trick!

  5. I love this post. Me and my sister just moved into my uncle’s old house and lets just say he is not the cleanest of men. We literally had to clean floor to ceiling when we moved in and we have been avoiding the stove and cooking up at the main kitchen at the ranch we live on. Thank you so much for this information!

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  7. Coming over from House of Hepworths. Awesome tip! Wow. I mean, I don’t mind a little elbow grease to make things nice and clean, but this is super clean, and no scrubbing! Aren’t moms the best?! My mom has introduced me to the wonders of ever-so-many things, cleaning and otherwise, and baking soda is up there on the list.

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  9. Will be trying this 2moro, we also have this stove and it is the hardest to keep clean. This is my first electric stove, not sure if you have the same trouble but it us the hardest to keep clean. I’m kind of thinking its b/c it is black so it shows all the spills and spots. My biggest trouble is once I scrub it, it still shows adult like later of soap or cleaner I think. Do you have this problem, or do you have any suggestions to help? It would be much appreciated.. Thank you for sharing this I can’t wait to try it .

  10. Ok! Now you really have my attention!!!

    I’ve relied on ammonia for years and years – but always added elbow grease! This is blowing me away!

    Up until today – my solution is simply to replace the drip trays twice a year. Not only do mine get grossly grungy, but they corrode as well. I haven’t been able to find anything but aluminum drip pans. (Miss the heavier stainless steel) Will this method work on aluminum?
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  11. WOW this is great! I cant tell you how many times i have scrubbed and scrubbed mine and just decided to be happy with what little i could get off. Cant wait to try this, stinky smell or not! stopped by from HOH

    I also have a tip. I read this somewhere a long long time ago but… you know how your tub/shower gets that residue coating on it and you could scrub your life away trying to get it off? Well if you spray it down with the Fume Free Easy-Off Oven Cleaner (has to be fume free kind) and let it set for a while 10 mins or more, depending on grime. You can just wipe it away like it was nothing and everything get so smooth, clean and shiney. It is amazing!!

    Hope that helps someone 😀

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  14. Thank you for sharing. I’m gona try it right now.
    I have thrown so many dripping pans away. Thank you for sharing

  15. Wow! I’m so glad I read this tip, Talitha! My stove top drip pans are pretty bad and I’d about given up getting them clean! I will give the ammonia in the bag a try. Hope they end up looking as good as yours do! Love you! Aunt Dani

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  17. I usually wrap my drip pans in heavy duty tin foil. Then I can just replace the foil when they get dirty. No chemicals involved!

  18. I have never had “true” success when I try these miracle tips, but here I go! I am going to the store asap to get some ammonia, and I am so doing this so I will have clean drip pans tomorrow! I had taken them off, ready to throw away, and had even bought a new generic set. They did not fit the stove correctly, though, so I am saving money, taking them back, and I am going to try to salvage these things. Mine look much WORSE than yours! I don’t even want to post a photo, they are so bad. haha! I blame the previous homeowner, even though we bought the house 10 months ago. haha! They were awful when we moved in, and though I tried to clean them, didnt’ work. So I have avoided my kitchen ever since. haha! My hubby likes to fix meals, so of course, he makes them even messier without cleaning them. If this really works, I will share photos tomorrow. My fingers are crossed, and THANKS!!!

  19. I was very excited to try this because my rental house has NASTY drip pans as well. I’d also seen this technique on other websites so how wrong could it be, right?
    I clearly did something very wrong because within a minutes my bags had disintegrated and my drip pans were not clean. :o( What did I do?

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