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Grill Cleaning Tips

Man Cleaning Grill

What do I need to clean a grill?

Backyard cookouts are apart of summer, and so is cleaning the grill! To keep your grill in proper working order without carbon deposit and grease build-up, wipe down the grill after every use, but do a thorough cleaning at least twice a year. Follow these necessary steps to keep enjoying your grill all season. 

Cleaning Supplies


  • Wire brush
  • Grill cleaner
  • Cleaning rags
  • Paper towels
  • Dish soap
  • Vegetable oil
  • Steel brush
  • Latex gloves
  • 5-gallon bucket

Avoid using too many cleaning products with toxic chemicals as these will impact the flavor of your food. Wear latex gloves to protect your hands, especially if you have sensitive skin.

Man turning on grill

How to Clean a Gas Grill

  • Start by turning on the grill and let it come to full temperature. A hot grill allows for stuck-on grease and carbon to become more pliable and easier to remove. Grab your long-handled wire brush, a bucket of soap and water, and scrub the carbon away. Cleaning hot grates with cold soap and water will produce smoke, so be sure to keep your face back from the grill.
  • Once scrubbed, turn off the grill and remove the propane tank. Allow the grates and flavorizer bars to cool down all the way, then remove them and stick them in a 5-gallon bucket of soap and water.  
  • Clean out the inside of the grill, wiping down the lid and vacuuming out any debris on the bottom. Then clean the burner’s gas ports with a dry wire brush using a side-to-side motion. This motion will keep any debris from clogging the gas ports. Towel dry everything to prevent rust.
Man scrubbing grill
  • Rinse and wipe down the flavorizer bars and grates. Towel dry them thoroughly and reassemble.
  • Next, clean the outside of the grill. If you have a stainless steel grill, use a stainless steel cleaner and a microfiber cloth. For ceramic, porcelain, or other painted surfaces, soap and water will suffice.
  • For outside storage, you can leave the propane line attached and cover the grill with a grill cover. If you’re storing your grill in the garage, remove the propane tank from the gas line and keep it out of direct sunlight.

Try an Onion

If you're worried about cleaning with a wire brush, you can get the same deep clean with an onion!  

  • Cut an onion in half.  Then stick it on the end of a long-handled fork. With the grill hot, scrub the grates.

Onions have natural anti-bacterial properties! If you still have stuck on gunk, you can spray down the grill with lemon juice or white vinegar!


How to Clean a Charcoal Grill

  • Charcoal grills collect ashes after every use. These ashes must be disposed of each time, if not the vents will get blocked and it will be challenging to control the temperature.
  • When the grate is cooled, brush it down with a long-handled stiff-wired brush. Apply vegetable oil to grates to help remove stuck-on food and prevent rust.
  • Clean the inside of the bowl with dish soap and rags, or a steel brush.
  • Towel dry the bowl and the grates to prevent rust and reassemble the grill.
  • At the beginning and end of the grilling season, you’ll want to clean your charcoal grill thoroughly by using soap and water on the inside and outside of the bowl and grates. You can add vinegar to the water to get a more thorough clean. Then use paper towels or a rag to dry it. This will prevent rust from building up on your grill. Then cover the grill and store it for the next season.

Keep your grill season long and flavorful by adequately cleaning your grill after every use and deep cleaning it two to three times a year. Now enjoy your next backyard barbecue.