June Home Maintenance To-Do List
By: Danny Lipford
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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