My fiance tried to scrub my drip pans (those metal thingies under the stove burners on an electric stove) clean a while ago, but he gave up. The stuff was just too baked-on.
Girls like to “think smarter, not harder.” Have you ever seen the shirt that says, “Of course I don’t look busy. I did it right the first time.” Yeah.
So… I got to thinking there MUST be a way to get rid of the gunk easily. My fiance proved that soaking it in soapy water didn’t work, nor did scrubbing with a plastic brillo-pad type thing. I had an idea. Follow along to see if it worked.
Step 1: Remove the drip pans. First you will need to remove the burners by lifting…
and pulling straight out (sideways) to unplug them.
Step two: Marvel at the grossness. This is also a good time to clean the surface of your stove.
Step three: Put the drip pans in the sink and spray each one with a lot of WD-40. Then leave the room, so you won’t get that lightheaded feeling. Unless that’s what you’re going for.
Step four: Do some laundry, browse around on Joyful Abode, and generally forget about the drip pans in your sink.
Step five: Try to cook dinner, but realize your stove is disassembled and there are WD-40-soaked drip pans in your sink. Scrub vigorously. Make sure you get all of the WD-40 off, so you don’t explode when you replace the drip pans and turn on your stove. Stand in awe of the joy of WD-40, which by the way is not a lubricant, but a solvent.
Step six: Really, make sure you get all the WD-40 off.
Step seven. Ooh, ahh.
Step eight: Put the drip pans back on the stove, and plug the burners back in.
I bet you can’t wait to clean your drip pans now. Right?