How to Deep Clean Your Charcoal or Gas Grill
Get your grill ready for summer with our complete cleaning guide.
Whether you’re a propane purist or a charcoal enthusiast, everyone can agree – summer is for grilling out. But when you open that lid and see last year’s grime on the grates, it can be anything but appetizing. Our advice? Don’t wait until you’re ready for regular cookouts – clean your grill now with our helpful tips to make the most of it all summer long.
Plus, by following a simple plan of cleaning and maintenance, you can get the most out of your grill and lengthen its life, guaranteeing years of great meals on the patio.
Cleaning a Charcoal Grill
Charcoal grills are easy to use but quick to build up with grime. Before you start cleaning, be sure the grill is completely cool.
- Remove grates from inside the grill
- Remove all the old ashes. Some charcoal grills have ash catchers underneath the bowl, so be sure to check for ashes there, too. If you don't have an ash catcher, use a garden trowel to scoop out the ashes, and then carefully place them into a plastic bag
- Clean grill grates with a spray-on oven cleaner. Spray all surfaces heavily with the oven cleaner and leave it on long enough to soften accumulated grease. While you're at it, spray the inside of the grill and let it sit
- While the oven cleaner is doing its job, make a solution of Dawn Ultra Dish Soap and warm water to wash the outside of the grill. Use a paper towel to clean the grill's surface, being sure to remove built-up grease and grime from any crevices
- Rinse all outside surfaces with water
- When grease has loosened on the grill grates and the inside of the grill, wipe cleaner off with a paper towel or rag
- Follow by spraying the grates and inside of the grill with a mild detergent and water
- Rinse well and wipe dry
Cleaning a Gas Grill
Cleaning your gas grill correctly is essential to keeping it functioning at peak performance.
- Turn your lit grill on high for 10 to 15 minutes with the lid closed
- Turn off the grill and let it cool slightly
- Loosen the residue from the grill rack with a metal brush. This not only prevents sticking but also helps avoid flare-ups
- When the grill is completely cool, wipe the inside and outside surfaces with a soft cloth and warm, soapy water
- Rinse with clean water and wipe dry