Easy household solutions for a clean barbecue

Top Tips with Kleenheat

Our friends at Kleenheat have provided some useful tips to help you keep your barbecue in shape.

With a mixture of steam, a no-scratch scrubber or brush, and soap and water, you can remove cooked-on food debris in no time.

Clean before and after sizzling

Don’t forget to prepare your barbecue before you cook.

Start by adding a good dash of vegetable oil to the grill, turn up the heat and close the lid. Let the oil heat up before scraping or wiping away any dust, grit, and blackened crumbs.

Carefully wipe away any extra grime with a damp cloth or newspaper.

Add another dash of vegetable oil to the hot plate, and your barbecue will be ready to grill your next feast.

Lemons, onions, baking soda, and vinegar

While barbecue wipes are great to have on hand for a quick clean, you can also use a steaming method and a freshly cut onion or lemon.

Fill a heat-safe dish with hot water, place it on the barbecue, and close the lid. After the barbecue has steamed for 10 minutes, rub away any residual food and oils and scrape off any excess with a half onion or lemon.

Soaking appliances in baking soda and then lightly scrubbing away rust or cooked on food also works well, as does a 50-50 mix of vinegar and water. Spray the vinegar water over greasy areas, let it sit, and then wipe or lightly scrub away.

Always check what’s safe to use on your barbecue as some cleaning agents, like bleach or general household cleaners might damage your barbecue over time.

Beneath the grill

Lots of barbecues have a grilling section with both a grate and hot plate.

After you’ve barbecued, turn off the gas and clean the grill and plate while it’s still hot. Once the barbecue has cooled down you can then start dismantling and get into the catchment area.

Give the interiors a good scrub then empty and wipe down any oil trays. Some parts of your barbecue may be dishwasher safe, so save yourself some time and load the dishwasher up.

What to do with excess oil?

Most barbecues have an oil or juices drain or catchment tray. Pour oil and juices into a container and wait for them to solidify before binning them.

Don’t pour them down the drain as they can clog piping.

Another option is to line the catchment tray with alfoil and add fresh cat litter or sand.

Let the oil absorb, then wrap up the alfoil and bin the waste. This is also a handy method to avoid oil stains on your patio and limits the risk of spilling hot oil.

If you don’t have a catchment tray, you can place an alfoil baking tin where the excess drain flows and reuse it several times.

Cooking with oil in the kitchen? Save the oil and reuse it later, such as for deep frying food.

Considering a new barbecue? 

Has your barbecue seen better days? If scrubbing away with homemade remedies or cleaning agents is no longer working, or a few parts of your barbecue aren’t operating correctly or safely, it might be time to invest in a new barbecue.

Here are a few things to consider if you’re looking for a new barbecue.

For more inspiration, tips, and tricks check out www.kleenheat.com.au/blog.

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