June Home Maintenance To-Do List

By: Danny Lipford

Cleaning the grates on a grill.

To-Do #4: Clean Grill Grates

It’s important to clean your grill before cooking on it for the first time each year, as well as regularly during the outdoor cooking season. Here are three different ways to clean the cooking grates on your grill.

Grill Grate Cleaning Options:

  • Grill Cleaner: Remove the grill grates, spray with liquid grill cleaner, allow the grates to soak, then clean with a wire brush.
  • Ammonia: Remove the grill grates, wrap them in newspaper, and put inside a plastic bag. Saturate the newspaper with household ammonia, tie the bag closed, and leave it overnight. Open the bag, remove the newspaper, and spray the grates with a water from a garden hose. Follow by washing the grates in warm water with dishwashing soap.
  • Vinegar: Spray the grates with white vinegar, allow several minutes for the vinegar to break down the baked on grease, then rub the grates with crumpled up aluminum foil.

CAUTION: Wear rubber gloves when working with ammonia, and avoid getting it on your skin or in your eyes.

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  • Official Comment:

    Ben Erickson Says:
    June 1st, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    Hi Papa,
    Thanks for the grill cleaning tip!

  • Papa Says:
    June 1st, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Great list Danny, but I’m worn out thinking about all that work. One easier tip that works for me is regarding cleaning the BBQ grate. If you have access to a pressure washer it will do a great job on your grate and even the grill interior. It is quick and easy with no scrubbing or harsh chemicals. Just be sure to do it somewhere that the greasy debris won’t do any harm. Have a great summer everyone!

  • Official Comment:

    Ben Erickson Says:
    June 13th, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    The pressure washer Danny used is the OneWash power washer from Generac.

  • Thomas Przybyl Says:
    June 13th, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    I am really pleased with the results you folks have gotten from the GENREC Powerwasher you folks have used on the show to cleaner concrete patios and sidewalks. I was wondering what model or size are you using. I would like to purchase the same unit. HomeDepot here in the Carolina’s do not carry them in the store. You have to order them online. Can you please share the information on the model you are using on the show. Love the show!


    Tom Przybyl
    Wake Forest,NC

  • susie Says:
    June 13th, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    common black snakes are not poisonous and will kill and eat copperheads. if you have a black snake, let him be, he will get rid of the copperhead in due time. Keep a hoe or shovel handy and don’t go out barefooted until you get rid of the copperhead. they are born fully venimous and ready to bite.

  • Maria Garcia Says:
    June 13th, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Yes,a lot of things need to get done this spring/summer. How do you get rid of snakes? We have regular garden snakes and a copperhead (I think). Garden snakes do not bother me, it is the poisonous ones that scare me. Midwest region (like Kansas City).

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June Home Maintenance To-Do List