As you might suspect, electric stove drip pans are designed to catch any drips and spills while you cook. A light scrub every day can easily clean up the small mishaps, but for weeks-old, built-up, burned-on spills, a different cleaning process with specific products may be required. Bringing the drip pans back to a like-new condition can be a trial-and-error process. If one approach doesn't budge the stains, grease or baked-on food, another might.
Remove the Pans
Confirm that the control knob for each coiled, surface unit or element is in the "off" position and the elements are cool to the touch.
Slide your fingers under the element, opposite the terminal, and gently lift the element about 1 inch above the drip pan. Avoid lifting the element any higher than this, because it may not return to level when you plug it back in, and you could damage the terminal plug.
Pull the element toward you, gently, to release it from the terminal plug. Set the element off to the side and remove the drip pan.
Mild Abrasive Cleaning
Put on rubber gloves to protect your hands. Fill your sink with hot water, submerge the pans in the water and allow them to soak for 10 to 15 minutes.
Scrub the pans using a mild abrasive cleaner and a nylon scouring pad. Avoid using steel wool pads as these will scratch and dull the pans.
Rinse the pans in clean, warm water. Dry and buff them while they are still warm using a clean, soft cloth or paper towel.
Ammonia Cleaning Options
Put the drip pans in your sink. Put on rubber gloves to protect your hands and open a window to release fumes.
Soak several sheets of paper towel with ammonia and place the sheets over the soiled areas of the drip pans. Allow the ammonia to soak into the areas for 15 to 20 minutes. Scrub the pans with a nylon scouring pad, rinse and buff dry.
Soak the drip pans overnight in plastic bags if they are heavily soiled, have burned-on food and the stains won't budge with the paper-towel method. Put each pan in a plastic zip-top food bag and pour 1/4 cup of ammonia in each bag. Seal the bags and let them sit overnight. Remove the pans, scrub them with a nylon scouring pad, rinse and buff dry.
Clean with WD-40
Protect your work surface with sheets of old newspaper and place the drip pans on the paper. Put on rubber gloves to protect your hands and open a window to release fumes.
Spray and coat the soiled parts of the pans with a generous amount of WD-40. Allow the lubricant to penetrate the soiled or stained areas for 30 to 40 minutes.
Submerge the pans in a sink of warm water. Scrub them using a mild abrasive cleaner and a nylon scouring pad. Rinse and buff dry.