Dear Home Ec 101,
How in the WORLD do you clean off the reflectors on the stove top after you’ve successfully made them the most horribly dirty items in your house? I am down to one burner that I can use without setting my fire alarms off!
~Smells Like Smoke in Smallville
Oh, how I love my ceramic top stove. You, my friend, have just reminded me just how much I hated that chore. I have several methods; but if your electric range’s drip pans are as dirty as you say, I’d pull out the big guns.
The nearly fool proof way to get greasy and grimy drip pans clean is to spray each pan thoroughly with oven cleaner. Then place the pieces in a garbage bag, or a pail with a lid; and close tightly. Place the bag or bucket outside over night, then wash with regular detergent.
For not quite so dirty electric range reflectors Barkeeper’s Friend comes in handy. The oxalic acid, a safe and non toxic chemical, will help remove grease.
Another option I have heard repeatedly, but not tested, is to soak the drip pans in a dishpan with a dryer sheet. If you try this version, email your results, I’d love to read a testimonial.
Lastly, if the oven cleaner method does not work, drip pans are reasonably priced between $1 and $6 each. Don’t beat yourself up if they don’t come clean. File it under live and learn, just don’t let them get quite so filthy next time.
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