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How to Clean Your Grill in 5 Easy Steps

Ready for BBQ season? Here’s how you can get your cookouts started with some quick tips on how to clean your grill and grill grates easily and safely with Dawn®.

What You’ll Need to Clean Your Grill

How to Clean Your Grill

What You’ll Need to Clean Your Grill

Nothing says summer like a backyard cookout. Let’s make sure your outdoor or indoor grill is ready with a deep clean. You can safely and easily clean off stubborn messes with Dawn® Powerwash Dish Spray from stainless steel (304 grade), cast iron, or porcelain coated grills, just be sure to consult the manufacturer’s instructions before hitting it with some suds.

Here’s everything you’ll need to get started:

  • Concentrated dish soap like Dawn® Platinum Powerwash Dish Spray*

  • Long-handled bristle-free or stiff nylon grill brush

  • Soft sponge

  • Reusable cloth or towel

Now that you’ve got all your grill-cleaning supplies ready, let’s focus on cleaning your indoor or outdoor gas or charcoal grill.

Grill surfaces to avoid with Dawn® Powerwash:

  • Wood, including unsealed, varnished, stained, or painted wood surfaces & furniture. Safe on wood cutting boards if rinsed.

  • Glass with UV coatings or other specialty treatments

  • Painted, varnished, or coated surfaces

  • Unfinished cast aluminum surfaces and fixtures (since aluminum can be sensitive to cleaning products, we recommend spraying and immediately rinsing on finished aluminum items)

  • Safe for use on Cast Iron, do note that as with other dish soaps, Dawn Powerwash can remove the seasoning on cast iron grill grates

How to Clean Your Grill

Cleaning Grill with Wire Brush

A clean grill is always best—not only does it make it easier to cook on, but it will last longer, too. Before cleaning your grill with Dawn® Platinum Powerwash Dish Spray, spray a small, inconspicuous area to ensure there is no damage to the surface. Then, follow these simple steps to clean your indoor, gas, or charcoal grill, so you get those perfect grill marks, every time:

1. Bring on the Heat
If you have a gas grill, turn it on and fire up those burners with the hood closed. Let it heat for at least 15 minutes to help burn off any residual grease or food. If you have a charcoal grill, make sure to throw out any leftover briquettes and just scrape away the grime. Then, take off any removable parts like grease trays, knobs, and racks.

2. Let the grill cool
Turn off your gas grill, make sure it’s completely cooled down, and remove the propane tank.

3. Let the suds get to work
Remove your grill grates and spray them from front to back with Dawn® Powerwash, making sure to keep the nozzle about 3-6 inches away from the surface. Coat the entire surface and allow the suds to work for about 5-10 minutes. Dawn® Powerwash helps to break down the stuck-on food, grease, and grime so you don’t have to waste your time soaking and scrubbing.

4. Scrub and Rinse
Once your grates have had time to sit, go ahead, and give them a quick scrub with a bristle-free or stiff nylon grill brush. Grab your hose and rinse thoroughly until all suds are gone. Then, wipe down with a paper towel or clean cloth, allowing them to air dry.

5. Clean the outside of the grill
Spray the exterior, non-cooking surfaces of your grill with the hood closed with Dawn® Platinum Powerwash Dish Spray. Scrub the outside of the grill with a soft sponge. Rinse with clean water until there are no more suds left. Use a soft towel to wipe down the exterior of your outdoor grill until it’s dry.

6. Fire it up
Once dry, reassemble your grill by putting the burners, racks, and any additional parts back in place and reconnect your propane tank if you have a gas grill. Fire up those burners with the hood closed for about 20 minutes. This step helps to burn off any residue that may have been left over during the cleaning process. Plus, it can help confirm that you’ve reassembled your grill correctly.