Bethann has posted about her grandmother, an immaculate housekeeper who always cleaned "one extra thing" when she did the dishes. I'm going to try this.
In a perfect world, I would clean the drip pans under my gas stove burners every time I did the dishes. And I do...for awhile, after a major stove-cleaning. In my world, which is not perfect, the drip pans get dirty and I don't have the time (or usually the inclination) to get the stove ship-shape. So, today I sprayed one (of the two) drip pans with cleaner and let it sit...as soon as I finish this, I'm going to wipe it off. Heck, I'm going one better--it's not going to be too hot here today, so I'm going to turn on the self-cleaning oven while I am at it! And hit the other drip pan tomorrow.
porcellen(why can't I spell that word?) can and I think you might get away with stainless steel drip pans. My cast iron grates I spray with a degreaser and put in a garbage bag for a while and stick them outdoors in the sunshine. Then spray them off with the hose. It seems to work pretty well for heavy duty gunk. I don't do it too often tho'
They are not cast iron (although the grates are) and can't be put in the self-cleaning oven. Porcelain can be cleaned in a self-cleaning oven, but mine are enameled steel (I called Sears and asked). When they are really nasty (and they aren't too bad yet), I put them in a plastic bag with a cup or two of straight ammonia and let them sit overnight...the fumes do the work.
I don't know about stainless steel, but I would be hesitant to try because of their cost. Regular aluminum drip pans on electric stoves CANNOT go in the self-cleaning oven OR the dishwasher, if you care about the finish. You can clean them with oven cleaner, though. As for me, I say replace 'em when you move!
This message has been edited by MaxineS on Jun 4, 2012 10:14 AM
I just bought some new pans because I can never get them clean, even w/ the ammonia in the bag trick. The label says they are porcelain, but a magnet sticks to them. Are real porcelain one solid, or is it porcelain over metal?
I'm tired of having to replace them so often (I'm bad for boil-overs), and if they can go in the self-cleaning oven that would be great!
I haven't done the dishes in two days, so the other drip pan still awaits me. I also used the self-cleaning oven that first day. However, even while I was sick, I would pick up something extra and put it away when I was taking dishes to the kitchen, etc. Maybe nothing looks any better yet, but it's still ONE LESS THING to do when I get to that room. I have found pop cans all over the house and they are all in the recycling bin now.