When we moved into a place that had a backyard, my husband and I went on the hunt for a decently-priced grill. As it turns out, a friend of mine was upgrading and was going to toss out her old grill. It was one of those fancy brands and it was perfectly functional, it just needed a good cleaning. And you know me, I’m all about saving money and keeping stuff out of the landfills!
We brought the grill home last weekend and got to scrubbing. I’m sure you can tell by the before-and-after pictures that I know a thing or two about polishing up a stainless steel grill. Here’s how it is done:
First, wipe off all excess dirt, food, and crusty gunk. This is the easy part. Just take a dry cloth and wipe the whole grill from top to bottom until all the loose crust and dirt falls off.
Second, remove the racks/grates and scoop out any burnt grease or crust that might have accumulated beneath them. I just used a big cleaning brush and dust pan to scoop out the excess gunk.
Third, put the racks in a big bucket of warm soapy water. I always use Dawn dish soap to clean the grease from the stove, sink, dishes, tub, and now the grill. Let those soak for a bit while you take care of step 4.
Fourth, in a big spray bottle, mix Dawn dish soap, warm water, and a tablespoon of baking soda. Shake it up and spray the grill from top to bottom with this soapy mixture. Make sure you get inside the drawers, under the propane tank, in all the corners, the back of the grill, under the racks, and under the lid.
Fifth, sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda over the grill from top to bottom. In case you didn’t know, the mixture of baking soda and Dawn dish soap is pure MAGIC. I use it to clean everything. Let this cleaning solution soak on the grill for a few hours. I left it to soak for a total of 2 hours, but you can leave it on for longer if you want to make everything even easier to clean.
Sixth, here comes the scrubbing! I used a gentle terry cloth towel to scrub the grill inside and out. I also used the grate scrubber brush that came with the grill to scrub the metal racks. This scrubbing is no joke. It took me almost two hours to scrub it clean. Keep a big bucket of clean soapy water nearby to keep rinsing your rag and the grill brush.
Seventh, take a clean dry towel and wipe the grill from top to bottom to make sure that you have cleaned it thoroughly.
That is it! Some dish soap, water, baking soda, and elbow grease is all that it takes to get a sparkling grill, ready for summer cookouts!!
Written by: Cate Rosales