Many of us have put our barbecue grills to the test this year as it's been a beautiful season to cook outside. But no matter how cautious you are to clean as you go, halfway through the grilling season things can really use a good cleaning. The best part about this process is you don't actually have to apply any elbow grease as it'll do all the work for you! To start here's what you'll need in the way of supplies. You can substitute a bag from a retail store if you're low on trash bags or use ones that are compost friendly (they'll start decomposing before the job is done):
What You Need
• Grill Grate
• 3 cups Ammonia (scented or non)
• 3 cups White Vinegar
• 1 cup Baking Soda
• 1 plastic garbage bag
1 Place your crusty grill grates outside in a plastic garbage bag. If you don't have a yard, this is best done in a space where they can be left. So if you don't have a secure balcony or rooftop area, it might be best done at a friend's (that's what they're for right?).
2 Mix the ammonia and white vinegar together. Add baking soda (gently but quickly and pour into bag. Seal bag and shake to coat the grate inside. If you're worried about the foaming, you can use just ammonia and nothing else, but this combo will clean even the toughest burnt-on-food.
3 Allow to sit in the sun for 24 hours and then remove grate from bag. Rinse with a hose (or in your kitchen sink if needs be) and you're right as rain and ready to keep on grillin'! You shouldn't need to scrub a thing as the cleaning solution will soften and break down all food particles, allowing the water to rinse them away.
That's all there is to it and you don't have to waste more than a minute's worth of time on the entire project!
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