Is WD-40 Good for Cleaning Barbecue Grills?

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WD-40 is a brand of penetrating lubricant spray that is formulated for many uses around the house, including the removal of dried-on debris. According to the manufacturer, WD-40 can be used for cleaning a home barbecue grill if proper safety precautions are followed.

Cleaning

Allow the barbecue to cool completely, then remove the grill and set it on an old tarp or old newspaper. Spray a liberal amount of WD-40 on the grill and wipe it off using a dry cloth. If any baked-on food residue remains on the grill, spray additional WD-40 to the surface and scrape it off using a wire brush or a grill cleaning tool.

Benefits

WD-40 is suitable for cleaning and protecting your grill during the winter months, and it also acts as a rust repellent. The manufacturer recommends spraying WD-40 on any of the barbecue unit's moving parts and coating its interior before seasonal storage. Always wash the grill again before using.

Warning

WD-40 is not safe for human consumption. Before cooking with your grill again, wash the grill with warm water and a grease-cutting dish soap. Rinse with additional warm water to remove all traces of the spray lubricant.

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Jennifer Eblin

Jennifer Eblin has been a full-time freelance writer since 2006. Her work has appeared on several websites, including Tool Box Tales and Zonder. Eblin received a master's degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.