8 Steps to Properly Clean Your Grill This Summer

8 Steps to Properly Clean Your Grill This Summer

With a little upkeep, your grill can be looking brand new every time you use it.

By: Amanda Formaro

Your grill most likely gets a pretty serious workout during the warm summer months. Cooking outside keeps it cool inside, and the aromas from the backyard are tantalizing! It would be great if that's all there was to it! However, to keep your grill in tip-top shape, you will need to keep it clean.

If you have a grilling apron, wear it. If not, be sure you're wearing clothes you aren't worried about soiling.

You will need:


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  • Grill brush
  • Gloves
  • Aluminum foil
  • Bucket
  • Dish soap
  • Paper towels
  • Stainless steel disposable wipes

  1. If you have recently used the grill, allow it to cool off. Turn all dials to the off position, then close and disconnect the propane tank or scoop out as much of the charcoal and ash as you can.
  2. Fill a bucket with hot water mixed with some dish soap. When the grill is cool, remove the grates and, if any, the metal plates beneath them. Put the grates and plates into the bucket and allow them to soak.
  3. Meanwhile, use aluminum foil to cover the heating elements. Use your grill brush to clean the underside of the lid. Scrub the walls above the heating elements then wipe with a damp paper towel.
  4. Empty the drip pan into a garbage can and put it into the bucket to soak. Remove the grates and plates, scrub with your grill brush and rinse well. Many grill grates are made from cast iron, which will rust if not dried off. So be sure to dry the grates after rinsing.
  5. The aluminum foil that's covering the heating elements will most likely contain plenty of debris. Carefully remove the foil and the debris and discard. Give the heating elements a swipe or two with the grill brush, and then replace the plates and grates.
  6. Remove the drip pan from the bucket and wipe it clean. Replace the drip pan and reconnect the propane tank.
  7. Remember to check the door of your grill's cabinet if it has one. Dried leaves, cobwebs and dust are common culprits and can be easily removed with a broom.
  8. Most gas grill exteriors are made with stainless steel. Disposable stainless steel wipes are great for keeping the outside of your grill polished. However, if the exterior hasn't been cleaned in a while, hot, soapy water and a sponge will work wonders.

A thorough cleaning like this should be done at least once per year, though you might find it a much easier task if done once in the spring and once in the fall. Brushing your grill grates regularly and keeping the outside wiped down will go a long way to keeping this chore in check.

Amanda is a mother of four, craft designer and recipe developer who also runs several sites, including Crafts by Amanda, Cooking with Amanda and the Secret Recipe Club. Her work has appeared on SheKnows.com and Family.com as well as in Parents, Redbook and Mixing Bowl magazines among others.

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