How to Clean Your Barbecue with Natural Ingredients

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To make your grilled food taste as good as it can, it’s important to keep it clean and free of residue. Some think the high heat of a grill will kill off any bacteria left on the cooking surface by burning of food residue, but, that’s not necessarily the case. So, for those who prefer a thoroughly clean grill and like to use natural ingredients, here’s some great ways to accomplish the task in no time.


1. Vinegar and Aluminum Foil

Pour vinegar into a spray bottle and liberally spray the cooking surface of your barbecue grill. Allow the vinegar to sit for a few minutes then rub the surface with crumpled aluminum foil.

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2. Baking Soda

Dip a damp scrub brush in baking soda and use it to clean the surface of your grill. Rinse the area when clean.

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3. Coffee

Brew some coffee and pour it in your sink to soak off grease and grime from barbecue tools.

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4. Onions

Cut an onion in half and use tongs to place the moist side down on a hot grill to clean up food residue.

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5. Olive Oil

Wipe off a rusty grill with olive oil after cleaning it to prevent rust building up in the future.

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6. Boiling Water

Fill a shallow baking pan with boiling water and set it in a lit barbecue grill and close the lid. The steam will help loosen any dirt and make it easier to clean.

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7. Oven Cleaning

Place your barbecue grill grates in the oven and bake at 500 degrees for about an hour to clean off food residue.

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8. Vinegar, Baking Soda Blend

Place dirty grill grates in a garbage bag and add three cups each of white vinegar and ammonia. Next, add a cup of baking soda and allow to sit for 24 hours.

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9. Dishwasher

Brush and scrape off any food residue from grill grates and place them in a dishwasher for a deep, natural cleaning.

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10. Oil, Salt and a Potato

Spread vegetable oil over grill grates, sprinkle them with coarse salt, and rub pieces of sliced potato over the grates to clean off food residue.

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