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Four Natural Methods for Cleaning a Grill

DIY Grill Cleaning With Natural Household Items

Maintaining a clean grill is healthier, more sanitary, and extends the life of your grill. You may be hesitant to use commercial cleansers because of concerns about chemical or soapy residue.  Homemade grill cleaners can sometimes be too abrasive and can scratch the finish on some grates.

Here are four all-natural ways to clean your grill grates without damaging the finish or leaving a chemical flavor.  A natural grill cleaner is safer for you and for your bbq grill.
1. Use an onion

2. Baking Soda and/or Vinegar

3. Use steam

4. Try Lemon

You can find these items around the house.  These household items are all natural, they are also economical ways to clean your grill.

1. How do you Clean a Grill With Onions?

The tasty seasoning you use to season your grilled foods also doubles as a grill cleaning. Use half an onion to clean your grill if you have one. Holding the half of the onion with tongs or a grill fork, slowly brush away at the warm grates. The onion’s acidity will help to break down any leftovers on the grills surface without harsh chemicals.

2. Baking Soda with Vinegar

How to Clean a Barbecue Grill with Vinegar

Cleaning your BBQ grill with vinegar is easy and takes only a few minutes. A spray bottle, lukewarm water, white table vinegar, and a sheet of aluminum foil are all you need.

  • Fill the spray bottle halfway with white vinegar.
  • On top of that, pour two cups of water.
  • To combine the water and vinegar, close the bottle and shake it vigorously.
  • Fold the aluminum foil in half in each direction until you have a small square about two inches across in each direction.
  • Saturate the grill racks, as well as the area above and beneath them, with the water/vinegar solution.
  • Allow 10 minutes for the solution to dry.
  • Pour out any excess water/vinegar solution while the grill dries and refill the bottle with vinegar solely.
  • Spray the vinegar on the foil and scrape the inside of the grill with it. There is no need to rinse.

If vinegar alone wasn’t enough to get rid of all the fat, add baking soda to the mix. To soak your barbecue grates, place them in a big bag. Pour a two-to-one solution of vinegar and baking soda over your grates and seal the bag. Because the mixture will bubble up, combine it in a large enough container to avoid spillage. Baking soda aids in the breakdown of grease, making it simpler to rinse away, so remove the grates and give them a rinse once they’ve sat overnight. If there is still residue on them, use the grill brush to remove it.

3. How to Clean Grill Grates with Steam

  •  Turn up the heat on your gas grills.

Preheat your grill to 600°F, then turn it off or remove the heat source.

  •  Pour a little water on your hot grill.

Directly on the grates, pour a tin of water. This step can be done with a large vegetable can or a small coffee can.

  •  Generate steam

Allow the grill to steam for 30 minutes after closing the cover.

  • Remove the dirt with a scrub or wire brush.  The grill will probably be too hot to use a paper towel or cloth for grate cleaning.

To loosen fatty deposits and grungy buildup, use a silicone sponge.  Use tongs to hold the sponge if the grill is still too hot.

If you have a home steamer, you can use it to release the residue as well.

4. Lemons

Make lemon halves with a good-sized lemon and a good-sized knife. Preheat the grill to a high setting. Once the grill is hot, dip the cut lemons’ juicy ends in a plate of salt to add some abrasiveness, then wipe the grill clean with the lemons. It’s astonishing how effectively this simple tip works, plus the lemon juice’s inherent acidity helps to disinfect the grill.

These natural DIY grill cleaning tips work best if you do them regularly after every grill use.  It is not always convenient or preferable to use commercial grill cleaners to break down grease on your grill.  If you are a fan of farmers markets and green living, you will appreciate the effectiveness of these natural grill cleaners.