How to Clean Stainless Steel Stove Drip Pans

Drips and spills inevitably occur when you're cooking on a stovetop. To remedy this problem, stove manufacturers include stainless steel drip pans under the burners as catch-alls. As a best practice, you should clean the drip pans as soon as possible after a spill. But sometimes cleaning right away is not possible, leaving you with stained drip pans. Fortunately, you can remove the stains and restore the drip pans' gleaming finish.

Baking Soda Method

Step 1

Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1-1/2 cups of water into a small container.  Stir well with a spoon to form a paste.

Step 2

Dip a sponge in the paste and coat the inside of the stainless steel drip pans.  Allow the paste to remain on the pans for 10 minutes.

Wipe the paste away with a soft cloth. 

Step 3

Fill a sink basin or dish pan with warm water.  Add 1/4 cup vinegar and agitate with your hand to mix.

Step 4

Rinse the drip pans in the vinegar water and dry with a soft cloth before replacing on the stovetop. 

Ammonia Method

Step 1

Plug a sink basin and pour 1/2 inch of ammonia in the bottom.  Put on rubber gloves to protect your skin.

Step 2

Place 4 soft cloths in the sink to saturate them with ammonia.  Remove the cloths one at a time and squeeze lightly to remove excess liquid.

Step 3

Lay one cloth in each of the stainless steel drip pans.  Ensure that the ammonia-soaked cloth is making contact with all inside surfaces of the pan.

Step 4

Place the pans in a garbage bag and seal the bag tightly.  Place the bag in a garage or outside area overnight.

Step 5

Remove the cloths from the pans.  Wash the pans in warm soapy water with a clear water rinse.

Dry with a soft cloth and replace them on the stove top. 

Things You Will Need

  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • Small container
  • Spoon
  • Sponge
  • 2 soft cloths
  • Sink basin or dish pan
  • Warm water
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 5 soft cloths
  • Ammonia
  • Sink basin
  • Rubber gloves
  • Garbage bag
  • Water
  • Soap

About the Author

Based in Texas, Cynthia Measom has been writing various parenting, business and finance and education articles since 2011. Her articles have appeared on websites such as The Bump and Motley Fool. Measom received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas at Austin.