5 chemical-free ways to clean your BBQ
1. Soda Scrub down
Baking soda. A highly undervalued item in the pantry, it can remove odours, lift stains and can also help to clean a barbecue grill. Simply sprinkle dry baking soda on a damp brush and scrub! Voila, the baking soda will eat through the grease leaving your barbecue shiny and new.
2. Antibacterial Cleaner
From bathroom germs to barbecue grime, full-strength white vinegar is pungent on the nose, and on the grease. Spray a generous amount onto the barbecue hot plate and wipe clean with a damp cloth. To avoid the nasty smell lingering, simply rinse with warm water.
3. Beer Bath
Yes, you heard right. Now you no longer need an excuse to crack an early beer. Use half a can of beer over a pre-heated hotplate and scrape the plate with a wire brush or rub down with paper towel and newspaper once it’s cooled enough to touch. Watch as the grime wipes easily away to reveal a beautifully clean grill.
4. Lemon Rub
Believe it or not, lemons are useful for more than just making lemonade. Grab a couple of good sized lemons and cut them into halves. Heat the grill up and dip the exposed flesh of the lemon into a dish of salt. The natural acidity of the lemon combined with the abrasiveness created by the salt will sterilize the grill in seconds.
5. Pressure cooker
We all know that cleaning the barbecue as soon as you’ve finished cooking is the best time to get on top of the grease, but when the enticing smell of freshly cooked meat is calling, this important task can often get forgotten. Instead, fill up a metal baking tray with water and place over a burner at a low heat (the remaining burners should be off). Close the lid and enjoy your meal. When you have a moment to step away from the guests simply head back to the barbecue and slowly lift the lid. The steam will loosen the built up gunk and make the clean up a breeze.Finally, Peter suggests if the barbecue brush isn’t at hand, or lost among the chaos of the party, simply grab a good sized sheet of aluminium foil, scrunch into a decent sized ball and use your superhuman strength to scrub at the grill. This trick only works when the grill is warm, so be sure to have a pair of thongs handy to avoid contact with the grill.