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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

How to Clean Your Grilling Tools

Not much can beat the smoky, char flavor a grill can create. So, let’s get your grill ready for all those delicious cookouts! A thoroughly cleaned grill can mean better flavor, better cooking, and safer fun with friends and family. Here’s everything you’ll need to get your BBQ grill clean in just a few simple steps (and sprays) with Dawn® Platinum Powerwash Dish Spray.

What You’ll Need to Clean Your Grill

How to clean an outdoor grill with Dawn®

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® Platinum 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:

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

*Do not use Dawn® Platinum Powerwash Dish Spray on any unfinished Cast Aluminum grill surfaces.

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. Soak Away
Turn off your gas grill, make sure it’s completely cooled down, and remove the propane tank. Remove your grill grates and spray them from front to back with Dawn® Platinum Powerwash Dish Spray 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® helps to break down the stuck-on food, grease, and grime so you don’t have to waste your time scrubbing and can focus on family fun time instead.

3. 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.

4. Clean the Outside

Spray the exterior, non-cooking surfaces of your grill with the hood closed with Dawn® Platinum Powerwash Dish Spray. Allow Dawn® to do its magic for about 5-10 minutes then 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.

5. Burn It

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.

And that’s how easy it is to clean your grill with Dawn®! Now, let’s switch gears and make sure your grilling tools are ready for the heat.

How to Clean Your Grilling Tools

Left your tools outside between grilling seasons? Did dust accumulate on your tongs or spatula? Got any leftover grease or grime? Not to worry! Dawn® makes it easy to get those tools clean and looking sharp for the cookout.

Let’s start by gathering up everything you’ll need to get the job done:

Now that you’ve got your supplies at the ready, follow the simple tool-cleaning steps below:
- Start off with a clean kitchen sink and fill it up with warm water and a squirt of Dawn®
- Soak your tools in the soapy mixture for a few minutes to better break up any grease and grime buildup
- Use a sponge to scrub off any leftover grime or debris
- Rinse off completely with water

Now that your outdoor grill and grilling tools are all clean, you have nothing else to do but break out those steaks, burgers, onions, and anything else your friends and family will enjoy. Happy grilling from Dawn®!