BBQ Cleaning: How to Clean a Barbecue
April 17, 2019

BBQ anyone? YES! Now how about some BBQ cleaning? While those first three letters have us sprinting to the garden, follow it up with the word ‘cleaning’ and we’re bolting back inside and locking the door behind us. The burnt-on stains and built-up grime can be tough to get off, but with the right know-how it can be a lot less of a chore.

If you’re eco-conscious and keen to stay away from harsh products, keep reading – you can clean the whole barbecue with eco-friendly soda crystals and white vinegar! Though we’ve got plenty of other BBQ cleaning products to choose from if you feel you need something stronger. Follow the video and easy step-by-step guide below and restore that barbie to its former glory.

How to clean a BBQ

How to clean a gas BBQ

  1. Disconnect the gas BBQ from its gas supply.
  2. After it’s cooled a little but is still warm, use a non-scratching scraper and cleaning brush or sponge to scrub off what you can.
  3. Remove the grills, fat tray and flame tamers (if your barbecue has these), and place in a large bowl or tray.
  4.  Sprinkle on a generous amount of soda crystals cover them with hot water and leave to soak overnight.
  5.  Mix a strong soda crystal solution (look on the back of the pack for instructions) and use a spray bottle to spray the solution onto any dirty areas. If you don’t have a spray bottle, use an oven cleaner.
  6.  Leave the soda crystal solution overnight to dissolve grease and grime or, if using a general oven cleaner, check the instructions on the pack for how long to leave it.
  7. Use a wire brush or sponge scourer to remove any dirt and residue, such as the popular tough yet non-scratching Scrub Daddy sponge.
  8. Rinse off in clean water and reassemble.
Top tips
  • Before you start cooking, brush your barbecue with oil to prevent food sticking as much in the first place.
  • If you have a cast iron grill get rid of the ash after each use because ash holds moisture, which can then rise up to the grill and cause rust.

How to clean a charcoal BBQ

  1. Use an empty spray bottle and fill it with half  white vinegar  and half water. 
  2. Spray it over the grill of the Charcoal BBQ and wait five minutes 
  3. Wipe it off with a clean and dry cloth.

Exterior BBQ cleaning

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Method Stainless Steel Cleaner

• Beautiful apple orchard scent

• Vegan, eco-friendly and biodegradable

• 100% recycled plastic bottle

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Astonish Premium Stainless Steel & Shine

• Fresh clear water scent

• Vegan with a streak-free formula

• Can be used to coat and protect steel to help prevent rust

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Bar Keeper’s Friend Power Cream

• Natural formula

• Shines without the need to scrub

• Removes grease, grime and limescale

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Barbecue past the point of no return? If you need a new one we’ve got heaps to choose from to make those sunny days complete. First find out the difference between gas and charcoal barbecues to help you make the right decision, and then shop our huge top-brand range.


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