How to Clean Your Outdoor Grill in 8 Simple Steps

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Learn how to quickly and easily clean your barbecue grill
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Whether you have a gas or charcoal grill, follow these steps to keep it sparkling.

How to Clean Your Outdoor Grill in 8 Simple Steps

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Whether you have a gas or charcoal grill, follow these steps to keep it sparkling.

Make Sure the Grill Is Off

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If you have a gas grill, make sure that all of the dials are in the “off” position and that the propane tank is disconnected. If you have a charcoal grill, remove any old ashes and dispose of them.

Clean the Grates

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Using a long-handled grill brush or a ball of crumpled aluminum foil (which you can hold with a long-handled set of tongs), scrub the grates to loosen any debris. 

Soak the Grates

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Though you don’t need to do this each time you clean your grill, occasionally removing the grates and soaking them in a large bucket of hot soapy water can help remove built-up grime and grease. Just fill a large bucket with dish soap and hot water and let the grates soak for 10 to 15 minutes. 

Clean the Inside of Your Grill

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While the grill grates soak, cover any exposed heating elements on the inside of your grill with aluminum foil to protect them, then use a grill brush or steel wool pad to remove the built-up grease and grime from the interior of your grill. Then, wipe the inside of the grill with a damp paper towel.

Clean the Outside of Your Grill

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While your grates continue to soak, wipe the outside of your grill down with hot soapy water. If you have a stainless-steel gas grill you can also use stainless-steel wipes.

Remove the Drip Pan

If your grill has a drip pan, remove it, empty it into the trash can, and then drop it into the bucket of soapy water along with the grill grates, allowing it to soak for a few minutes.

Rinse the Grill Grates

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Take the grill grates and drip pan out of the soapy water and scrub them with the grill brush (or aluminum foil) one more time. Then, rinse them thoroughly; you can even use a hose to rinse them off.

Dry Your Grill

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Reassemble your grill and use a clean towel to dry it off inside and out. Then, reconnect the propane tank (if you have a gas grill) or restock the grill’s charcoal