How to Clean the Barbecue Grill

Written by arlene mason
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It’s that time of year when a man’s fancy turns to thoughts of barbecuing. The grill hasn’t been used since last October and it is really dirty. You can see remnants of the Halloween hamburger (at least you hope that’s what that is) clinging to the grill grates. There are charcoal pieces and ash all over the bottom of the grill and a mud dauber has built a nest on the underside of the grill lid. “Why didn’t I clean this when I finished with it?” is your one thought.

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Things you need

  • Warm soapy water
  • Cold Oven – oven cleaner
  • Rubber gloves
  • Access to a garden hose

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  1. 1

    Remove the bee’s nest. Use the rubber gloves and be careful that no one is home when you do this. Use a pair of tongs to pick it up and toss it in the garbage can.

  2. 2

    Use warm soapy water to clean the inside of the lid. Do the same for the outside of the lid. Set it aside to dry in the sun.

  3. 3

    Remove the grates and spray them with oven cleaner. Set them aside and let the oven cleaner work.

  4. 4

    Empty the ashes and bits of charcoal from the bottom of the grill into a large coffee can. You can sprinkle these ashes around your garden to keep snails and slugs away.

  5. 5

    Use warm soapy water to clean the inside of the grill. Also, clean the outside and legs. Let this dry in the sun.

  6. 6

    Take the garden hose and spray off the grill grates and then rinse the rest of the oven cleaner off with warm soapy water. Set this aside to dry.

  7. 7

    Reassemble everything when it is dry. Now you and your best grill are ready for summer.

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