Homemade Grill Cleaner

Kimberley McGee

For heavy duty cleaning, you may need to do more than turn the grill on high and hope the food bits and grease build up will simply disintegrate in a pile of ashes at the bottom of the grill. Homemade grill cleaner is an easy way to get your grill to sparkle without using chemical cleaners.

Homemade Grill Cleaner

You’ve used it to great enjoyment all season long, and hope to use it through the rest of the year. But the barbecue grill needs some deep cleaning on top of the regular scrapes and scrubs it gets between grilling sessions. Barbecue grill cleaning can tarnish your love of the outdoor kitchen station. Tackling the favored outdoor cooking appliance with a DIY grill cleaner can ease the pain of the necessary chore and get the barbecue back on track for another round of perfectly seared burgers and buns.

Why Homemade Cleaners Work

The best way to clean a grill with products that are natural is to use a combination of time and elbow grease. Organic products can cut through grease, but maybe not as quickly as commercial cleaners that rely on chemicals to do the hard work. Homemade cleaners using natural abrasives such as baking soda and salt paired with acids such as lemon and vinegar ensure that the surface you plan to place your food on isn’t laced with traces of chemicals from store-bought cleaners.

Grill Cleaning Solution

When taking the grill to task for serious grease build up or sticky substances that have attached themselves firmly to the rods, you’ll want to start a good hour before it’s time to start the food in order to give the solution time to work. Turn the grill on to medium high and let it sit, covered, for 15 minutes. This will burn off the most heinous food offenders. Use a wire brush to scrape at the grates. Combine a quarter cup of baking soda to a quarter cup of vinegar and add a gallon of steaming hot water. Either dip the grates in the solution or run the solution over the grates on the ground and give them a good scrub. Once cool, hose the grill grates down to remove any residue. There are many online resources for organic or homemade grill cleaner if the grill has seriously stubborn stains.

Everyday Homemade Grill Cleaner

It shouldn’t be a production to get the grill surface ready for your next marinated masterpiece. A mound of aluminum foil and a spray bottle of vinegar can keep the crud from building up. Just spray down the cooled down grates with the vinegar and let it sit for a few minutes. Ball up a 12-inch long sheet of aluminum foil and scrub the grates. Wipe down with a wet cloth to get any loose gunk from the nooks and crannies of the grill grates. You may need to swipe the grates with a paper towel dipped in cooking oil if you want a non-stick surface.