FoodSay goodbye to stubborn grill grime: uncover easy and effective homemade cleaning methods

Say goodbye to stubborn grill grime: uncover easy and effective homemade cleaning methods

You can clean a dirty grill with the help of a trash bag - Delicacies; Photo. Adobe Stock
You can clean a dirty grill with the help of a trash bag - Delicacies; Photo. Adobe Stock

11:31 AM EST, January 15, 2024

If you've ever found yourself giving up on cleaning your oven or grill grates, consider trying the technique involving a trash bag. This miraculous method allows you to get rid of stubborn dirt without any laborious scrubbing. Not only does it get rid of dry dirt and grime, but it can also help refresh your grill by removing the unpleasant burnt odor.

Cleaning your grill the homemade way – the trash bag trick

There is a practical homemade technique for cleaning an oven or grill grate, which negates the need for corrosive chemicals. The items required are a trash bag, a dishwasher pod, and baking soda. So what's the procedure? Begin with a container of warm water; dissolve the pod in it and add enough baking soda to create a thick paste when mixed. Proceed by smearing this paste thoroughly on the dirty oven or grill grate.

The next step involves the trash bag. Place the grate, smeared with the cleaning paste, inside the bag. Seal the bag tightly and let it sit for several hours, or better yet, overnight. Following this waiting period, you can simply wipe the grill clean with a damp cloth or sponge, thoroughly washing off the paste residue. The dirt will be gone without any need for scrubbing, and the baking soda will have eliminated any remaining unpleasant burnt smells.

Homemade solutions for cleaning stubborn dirt

If the garbage bag trick doesn't strike your fancy, there's another trick up the sleeve. A highly popular one involves using lemon. Lemon juice is an excellent natural grease cutter. It functions like a soft yet potent cleaning agent that offers antibacterial and disinfecting properties. Lemon juice can not only remove stains and scorch marks but also neutralize unpleasant odors. This method is ideal for scrubbing ovens, microwaves, such as kitchen countertops.

A dirty oven is the bane of all kitchen cleaners - Delicacies; photo: Canva
A dirty oven is the bane of all kitchen cleaners - Delicacies; photo: Canva

The implementation is relatively simple. Here's one method: Pour approximately 2 cups of water into a heat-resistant dish, and add juice from 3-4 lemons to it. Place this dish in the oven and heat it to at least 392°F. After about 30 minutes, switch off the oven but leave the dish with the lemon solution inside until the oven cools down. Why does it work, you may ask? As the water begins to boil, the lemon steam softens the dried dirt, enabling easy removal with a soft cloth.

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