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Clean Your Stove’s Drip Pans with This Simple DIY Mixture

A steel pan sits on top of a hot stove eye.
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If there’s a persistent burning smell wafting from your stovetop every time you cook, it’s probably time to clean your stove drip pans. The good news is, you likely already have everything you need.

To clean stove drip pans, you’ll just need dish soap, vinegar, baking soda, and some elbow grease.

If you’ve neglected your drip pans, and they now need a deeper clean, this method is for you. While it’s a multistep process, everything you need is probably right under your sink. The soaking is the most time-consuming part, but you can tackle other tasks while you wait.

To get started, remove the drip pans and components after the stove has cooled and check for any food particles that have been left behind. Next, fill your sink or bucket with warm water, add a few drops of dish detergent, and then allow the pans to soak for about 15 minutes.

Next, drain the water, and then, using distilled vinegar, cover the pans and let them soak for another 15 minutes. Then, it’s time for the elbow grease.

Sprinkle an ample amount of baking soda into the pan and allow it to fizz for about 15 minutes as it interacts with the vinegar. Start cleaning by hand with a plastic scrubber, adding more baking soda in spots that are especially soiled.

Once they’re clean, rinse and dry them, and then add the pans back to your stove.

To prevent your stove drip pans from getting this soiled again, try to clean them after each use. If that’s not always possible, try to clean them weekly. And, while you’re at it, try some of these practical tips to keep your whole kitchen clean.

[Via The Spruce]

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