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How to Clean a Grill Grate: Making Natural Grill Cleaner

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Barbecuing is fun…until it’s time to clean the grill grate! We’ll show you how to clean your grill grate with a natural grill cleaner that can help remove even the most stubborn of messes.

Although chemical oven and grill cleaners are very effective, they contain many questionable ingredients such as ammonia or propylene glycol. If you want to protect the environment and not endanger your health, there are numerous ecological home remedies that you can use to get your grill grate clean. Read on to find out how to make natural grill cleaner with common household ingredients.

Natural Grill Cleaner: Eco-Scouring Powder

The best way to clean your grill grate is with a natural grill cleaner that has an abrasive effect. Homemade scouring powder works especially well for this. 

You’ll need:

Put the baking soda, salt and citric acid powder in a resealable jar and mix all ingredients well. You can poke a few holes in the lid to sprinkle the scouring powder directly onto the grill grate. 


  • Soak the grill grate in water.
  • Sprinkle powder on the soaked grill grate and scrub clean with a brush.
  • Rinse the grill grate with clean water.
  • Let dry well.

Other Barbecue Cleaning Tips 

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Don’t throw your coffee grounds away, use them to clean your grill grate on your next camping trip! (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pixabay - Free-Photos )

There are plenty of other ways to clean your grill grate:

  • Use a scraper for glass ceramic cooktops to scrape stubborn build-up off the grate.
  • Clean your grill grate very thoroughly with steel wool. Steel wool is biodegradable and compostable, making it a more ecological alternative to conventional plastic sponges.
  • Coffee grounds can also be used to make a natural grill cleaner. The abrasive effect helps to loosen dirt. 
  • Apply a paste of baking soda and water to the grate, let soak, and then scrub clean.

Important: While it might be tempting to use aluminum foil or trays for easier clean-up, single-use disposable items like these contribute to the ever-increasing amount of trash on the planet. To help support the environment, try to incorporate as many zero-waste solutions into your everyday life as possible.

Preventing Grill Build-Up 

You can’t completely avoid getting the grill grate dirty, but if you follow these tips, you won’t have to scrub as much! 

  • Rub the grate with a little oil before grilling. That way, you’ll be able to remove residue more easily later.
  • Once you’re done barbecuing, wrap the grate immediately in dampened newspaper. The dirt will start to come off and stick to the newspaper. When it has cooled down completely, you’ll be able to clean your grill grate much more easily.
  • If you don’t have newspaper on hand, soak the grate in water for a few hours before cleaning — an added dash of vinegar will help loosen the dirt. 

This article has been translated from German by Karen Stankiewicz. You can find the original here: Grillrost reinigen: Diese Hausmittel wirken

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