How to Clean Your Grill Correctly

How to Clean Your Grill Correctly

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Get your gas or charcoal grill ready for summer with our cleaning guide.

Whether you’re a propane purist or a charcoal enthusiast, everyone can agree that summer is for grilling out. But when you open that lid and see last year’s grime on the grates, it can be anything but appetizing. Our advice? Don’t wait until you’re ready for regular cookouts! Use our helpful tips to clean your grill now and make the most of it all summer long — and for years to come.

How to Clean a Charcoal Grill

Charcoal grills are easy to use but can quickly get grimy. Before you clean, be sure the grill is completely cool.
  1. Remove the grates from inside the grill
  2. Remove all the old ashes. If your charcoal grill has an ash catcher underneath the bowl, be sure to empty it, too. If your grill doesn’t have an ash catcher, use a garden trowel to scoop out the ashes, and then carefully place them in a plastic bag for disposal
  3. Clean the grill grates with a spray-on oven cleaner. Spray all surfaces heavily with the oven cleaner and leave it on long enough to soften accumulated grease. While you’re at it, spray the inside of the grill and let the cleaner sit
  4. While the oven cleaner is doing its job, make a solution of Dawn Ultra Dish Soap and warm water to wash the outside of the grill. Use a paper towel to clean the grill’s surface, being sure to remove built-up grease and grime from any crevices
  5. Rinse all outside surfaces with water
  6. When grease has loosened on the grill grates and the inside of the grill, wipe off the cleaner with Bounty Paper Towels 
  7. Follow by spraying the grates and inside of the grill with a mild detergent and water
  8. Rinse well and wipe dry

How to Clean a Gas Grill

Cleaning your gas grill correctly is easy — just follow these steps to make sure it functions at peak performance all season long.
  1. Turn your lit grill on high for 10-15 minutes with the lid closed
  2. Turn off the grill and let it cool slightly
  3. Loosen the residue from the grill rack with a metal brush. This not only prevents sticking, but also helps avoid flare-ups
  4. When the grill is completely cool, wipe the inside and outside surfaces with a soft cloth and warm, soapy water
  5. Rinse with clean water and wipe dry

No matter what type of grill you’ve got, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser can get your grill clean in just two simple steps! Find out how >

What’s your favourite food to grill? Tell us in the comments below, or try one of our unique recipes for grilling out!

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