It’s summertime! Time for tanning and camping and swimming and… grilling! There’s nothing like a hamburger or steak fresh from the grill on a beautiful summer day. But once dinner’s done, you’re left with the not-so-fun task of cleaning the grill. If you’re not sure what you’re doing, this task may seem daunting or not worth the trouble for you to grill in the first place.

Cleaning your grill isn’t as complicated as you may think and keeping it clean is necessary if you want it to last. If you want to keep your grill in tip-top shape and be able to keep cooking up your summer favorites for years to come, follow the easy-peasy steps below!

Step 1:

Disconnect the gas line and then fill a bucket with warm, soapy water.

Step 2:

Remove the grill grates then brush them clean using a wire brush. (If you have a charcoal grill, dump out the leftover charcoal and ash into a big bucket and then skip on to Step 5.)

Step 3:

Remove the burner protectors that separate the burners from the grate. Wash them thoroughly with the warm, soapy water, removing all grime, ash, and grease.

Step 4:

Wipe down the burners themselves with a wet, soapy sponge. Make sure to unclog all the burner holes.

Step 5:

Use your wire brush and soapy water to scrub the inside of the grill. Rinse it out with clean water and dry everything thoroughly with a cloth.

Step 6:

Once you’re ready to grill again, make sure you let the grill heat up for at least 10 minutes. Not only does this help get the grill to the right temperature before you start cooking, it also helps kill any remaining germs.

Bonus Step!

If you don’t have a grill cover already, get one! This keeps the grill from rusting in the rain and let’s you keep your grill for many more years than if you left it exposed to the elements.

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