Quick and Easy Tips for Cleaning Your Grill

Cleaning your grill will no longer be a difficult and arduous task if you apply the following methods!


Grilling parties have become a regular pastime for young people when gathering with friends and family. It can be an activity during trips or a weekend pleasure right in your own home. Although it brings a simple, intimate, and warm feeling, fostering love and connection, cleaning up these grills is not pleasant at all!

If you feel the same way, why not try Christie Vanover’s favorite grill cleaning methods? Christie is the owner and direct manager of the Girls Can Grill, and she will share her cleaning techniques with you!

For smokeless gas grills

According to Vanover, smokeless gas grills are one of the easiest types of grills to clean. All you need to do is clean the food residue and excess oil stuck on the grill grates.

1. Clean after each cooking

If you dislike scrubbing your grill grates, make sure you follow these cleaning steps after each cooking session.

“After removing the food from the grill grates, turn the heat to high and let it burn for another 5 minutes. Then turn off the grill and use a toothbrush or a scrub brush to scrape off the food residue on the grates.” – Vanover shared.

Vanover also advises using firm-bristled brushes to ensure you can easily remove stubborn grime and dirt. Before starting, you can spray water and cleaner on the grill grates to soften dried-on debris.

If you don’t have a brushes for cleaning your grill, you can also use a crumpled aluminum foil to achieve similar results. Vanover advises: “It may not work as well as a brush, but it will help remove some dirt. If the food is still hot, remember to wear heat-resistant gloves to avoid burns.

In addition to the residue on the grates, your food will also create small drippings in the grease tray beneath the grates. Don’t forget to clean them.” – Vanover warned.

For the exterior of the grates, all you need is a damp cloth to wipe the surface, then wipe it again with a dry, soft cloth.

2. Deep clean every few months

After a while, the grill grates will need a thorough and careful cleaning.

“After cleaning them, apply a little vegetable oil to season the grates, so your food won’t stick on them in your next grilling session,” Vanover added.

3. Clean inside the grill once a year

Since you don’t use charcoal, you may not think that you need to clean the inside of the grill. However, Vanover recommends doing so once a year.

She said: “Depending on the type of food you grill, you can use the straight edge of a brush to push all the accumulated debris towards the hole at the bottom of the grill grates. It will fall into the grease tray, and then you can dispose of it and replace it with a new one.”

For charcoal grills

Charcoal grills are ideal for outdoor BBQ parties. (Illustration photo)

Charcoal grills are a great choice for outdoor garden parties. Grilled meat and vegetables taste better thanks to these grills. However, cleaning them is a bit more difficult than regular gas grills.

Here is everything you need to do to keep this type of grill clean.

1. Clean after each use

Similar to gas grills, you should clean your charcoal grill after each use. The first half of the cleaning method is similar to the grilling method: After you finish using the grill grates, let the coals burn for another 5 minutes, keeping the grates hot. Then use a wire brush, aluminum foil, or sprayer to clean the grates.

“After that, close all the vents on the grill grates to suffocate the oxygen. After a few hours, the coals will be extinguished, and you can remove them from the grill,” Vanover said.

“Some people suggest spraying water inside your charcoal grill grates to extinguish the coals faster. This is not a smart idea. The contrast of high temperature with cool water can crack the enamel layer on the bottom of the water-heating chamber, which may cause rusting. If you have a ceramic charcoal grill, the cracks may be even worse and ruin your grilled food.”

When it comes to disposing of coals, don’t throw them directly into the trash. Instead, put them in an aluminum can that you specifically use for storing coals and close the lid tightly. This way, make sure that the coals are completely extinguished,” she added.

Once the coals have been removed, wipe the interior with a paper towel. You don’t have to do anything complicated unless you have accumulated a lot of grease at the bottom of the grill grates. Then you will need to wear some nitrile gloves to protect your hand and wipe it clean with a paper towel.

“For the exterior, simply wipe off the dust with a damp cloth. If there are stubborn grease splatters, you can use a specialized cleaner to clean them. Look for grill and BBQ cleaning solutions,” Vanover said.

2. Deep clean once a year

To deep clean annually, Vanover recommends using a grill cleaning machine to clean the grill grates.

“Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. You should wear waterproof gloves and eye protection because its cleaning power is quite strong.” – Vanover suggested.

After cleaning the grill grates, make sure you rinse and dry the grates thoroughly to prevent rusting.

“Then clean it again by spraying boiling water and let the coals burn inside for about 45 minutes to an hour.” – Vanover added.

According to ttvn.toquoc.vn.

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