Stove drip pans are one of the most easily overlooked areas when it comes to appliance cleaning. Whether they're dirty or clean, your stove will likely still work, so what's the point in cleaning them? Well, keeping the drip pans clean will allow your stove to look as pristine as it did the day you first got it. The pans will have a natural shimmer to them that reflects the overhead and light and simply looks nice in general. On the other hand, dirty drip pans will spread germs and create an eyesore that does your kitchen or home no justice.
The first step in cleaning your stove drip pans is to remove them. Depending on the make and model stove you have, this may or may not be an easy process. Try to remove the eyes by pulling the out horizontally. Once they come out, you should be able to lift up on the drip pans to remove them without much effort. Some of the older model stoves may have the eyes and drip pans attached more securely, which you will have to figure out how to remove them.
Cleaning Your Stove Drip Pans
After you've removed the drip pans from the top of your stove, you should place them into your kitchen sink and fill it about halfway up with warm water. Now, place about 2 or 3 caps worth of bleach in it and allow the drip pans to soak for 30 minutes. When half an hour has passed, drain the sink and rinse the pans off. The solution of warm water and bleach should be enough to remove even the most stubborn stains and food particles. If it's not, though, you can scrub them pans down with steel wool or a wire brush to help clean them.
Now that your drip pans are clean, you can go ahead and place them back in your stove the way you took them out. Remember, the pans must go on first, followed by the eyes. If you try to put them on the other way around, the eye won't be in the correct position.
Of course drip pans may be too dirty and corroded to clean properly. If you've been using your stove for several years without ever cleaning the drip pans, it may be too late to salvage them. Thankfully, however, you can purchase replacements for as little as a couple bucks a piece.