Home Remedies for Cleaning a Grill

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Warmer weather brings BBQ picnics in the park and family gatherings in the backyard. From grilled Cajun chicken to ribs slathered in sauce, barbeque plays an important role in cooking during the summertime. However, your grill can become the casualty of caked-on gristle and the occasional spider web. For quick and easy fixes, home remedies for cleaning a grill can help.

Grill Cleaning Home Remedies

A clean grill means you enjoy food that is healthier and tastes better. A lot of people are stumped when it comes to cleaning the grill. However, with a bit of elbow grease and good scrubbing, you can put one or more of these home remedies for cleaning a grill to good use:

a) Olive Oil: Use a paper towel to apply olive oil to your grill racks before setting down your food. This will keep the food from sticking and make cleaning easier.

b) Wire Brush: With the lid down, heat up your grill for about 15 to 20 minutes and then scrub clean with a wire brush.

c) Baking Soda: Add enough water to baking soda to make a paste. Apply the remedy to the grill and leave overnight. In the morning, scrub with a stiff brush before thoroughly rinsing off.

d) Dishwasher Detergent: Mix ¼ cup of dishwasher detergent and one quart of warm water. Soak your soiled grill for a couple of hours in the mixture. Use a brush to scrub away the residue. Follow up by rinsing well with water. Laundry soap will also work in the same way.

e) Oven Cleaner: Lay your grill racks on newspaper and spray with an oven cleaner. Leave the racks overnight, and then scrub clean in the morning. Rinse well before using.

f) Aluminum Foil: Ball up a piece of aluminum foil and use it to scrub clean a dirty grill [1]. You can also use the foil to protect your racks by poking holes in a sheet and laying over before putting food on the grill.

g) Lemon: Cut a lemon into two equal pieces and press the open half into a plate of coarse salt. Use the salted lemon to clean your grill. The acid in the lemon helps eliminate caked-on food, as well as leaves behind a pleasant scent.

h) Brown Paper Bag: To get rid of the burnt food on a grill, rub down the racks with a brown paper bag while it is still cold.

i) Non-Stick Cooking Spray: Before placing food on the grill, spray non-stick cooking spray to make cleanup easier. The spray will also prevent food from sticking to the racks. Do not apply when coals have been heated – the spray is flammable.


[1] Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things by Reader’s Digest; pg. 44.