Stove drip pans get a bad reputation. Even though they are actually just doing their job REALLY well, they can be really repulsive to look at. Dish soup and lots scrubbing will work to get rid of all the filth, but you will most likely end up looking like Popeye. So to save you the headache (and armache) of spending all day scrubbing, here are some tips to help speed up the process.
Baking Soda and Soap Paste
Run hot water over the drips to remove any loose debris. Make a paste with equal parts soap and baking soda and rub a generous amount all over the pans. Scrub the mixture into the drips pans for 30 seconds or so then put each pan into a plastic bag. Let the mixture set in for at least an hour. Remove them the bags and scrub off any remain gunk then rinse off.
Cover the pans in paper towel soaked in white vinegar then wrap them in plastic wrap. Let them sit for at least a couple of hours then scrub with hot soapy water.
If you don’t mind using chemicals, ammonia will strip off all the caked on mess on your drip pans. Spray the drip pans with ammonia, wrap in paper towel, then place them in a garbage bag overnight. Scrub with them hot soapy water to remove any remaining crud.
Boil with Soap
Bring a large pot big (large enough to hold the the drip pans) filled with water and 1 cup of powder dishwasher detergent to a boil. Carefully add the drip pans and boil for 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat, cover, and let sit overnight. Scrub with hot soapy water and the cake on crud should easily come off.
Cream of Tartar and Vinegar
For a quick fix without a lot of scrubbing, make a paste of equal parts cream of tartar and vinegar. Apply to the pans and leave it on for 10-15 minute before scrubbing it off.