How to Clean Grill Grates

Grill grates are difficult to clean, especially if you let the remained ingredients after you use it stay there for too long. But, this article will show you how to clean grill grates easily.

How To Clean Grill Grates

A grill is an important tool that every house must have. You can have fun outside your house and enjoying the grilled food with this tool. This is simple, yet really great activity to do. However, there is always a problem after you use your grill, the stain, and food leftover on the grates. The most annoying part is cleaning it. But, you won’t find it annoying anymore, if you use the guide that you can find below.

How to Clean Grill Grates After You Use It

The Preparation

  1. Soft bristle grill brush or nylon brush
  2. Vegetable oil
  3. Aluminum foil
  4. Vinegar
  5. Baking soda
  6. Rubber and garbage bag
  7. Water + soap

The Cleaning Process

The cleaning process is different, depend on the grill grate types.

Porcelain grill grates:

  1. Burn the leftover food on the grates,
  2. Let the grill grates cool down until it’s safe to touch with your hand and brush,
  3. Use the brush to scrub it off,
  4. Use water and soap to clean the leftover burnt food and oil,
  5. Let it dry.

Cast iron grill grates:

  1. Burn the leftover food on the grates,
  2. Let the grill grates cool down until it’s safe to touch with your hand and brush,
  3. Use the brush to scrub it off,
  4. Wash it with water and soap, then let it dry,
  5. Apply the vegetable oil on it to protect it from rust.

Stainless steel grill grates:

  1. Cover the top of the grill grates with aluminum foil,
  2. Turn on the grill for 10 to 15 minutes to burn the leftover food completely. The aluminum foil will concentrate the heat much better, which make the scrubbing process much easier.
  3. Let it cool,
  4. Scrub the burnt food,
  5. Wash it with water and dry it.

Now, if you do all those methods but the food is still there, you can clean it this way:

  1. Make cleaning mixture from vinegar (2 cups) and baking soda (1 cup),
  2. Place the grill grate inside a garbage bag, and pour the mixture in it,
  3. Wait for overnight,
  4. Scrub it off, then wash it with water and let it dry.

Conclusion

Actually, you don’t need to clean your grill grates regularly. Just clean it after you use the grill. Do not let the leftover food sit for too long. If you clean it right away after you use the grill, you can easily clean the food from the grill grates. You also can prevent many problems, such as mold, which is dangerous for your health when you use it to cook your food.