Keeping cooking surfaces clean--including outdoor grills--contributes to maintaining good health. Tennessee State University Extension suggests cleaning the grill each time you use it. Ordinary household white vinegar helps cut grease and make grill cleaning less of a chore. Give the grill a thorough scrubbing after the winter and maintain the grill in top condition year-round with this environmentally friendly mode of cleaning. Apply a few tricks to remove stubborn residue and prevent future buildup.
Mix equal parts vinegar and water. Pour half of the mixture in a spray bottle and half in a bucket.
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Spray the cooking grates with the vinegar and water. If you're cleaning a gas grill, remove the cooking grates before spraying them to avoid getting water and debris in the gas burner.
Scrub the cooking grates with a wire grill brush to loosen cooked-on grease, char and food residue.
Soak the grill grates--and the burner shield, if it's a gas grill--in a tub of hot, soapy water.
Dip a rag in the bucket and wring it out. Wipe down the inside surfaces of the grill, including inside the hood or top. Change rags often to assist in getting the surfaces clean.
Apply a light coating of olive oil to the grill grates with a clean rag. The oil helps to keep food from sticking to the grates. Oiling the grill grates regularly makes grill cleaning go more smoothly.