The grill grates will rust if you don’t use the barbecue that often, especially if they are not stored properly. Therefore, if you notice your grill grates getting rusted, you should clean them immediately. Rust can actually build up even more if left untreated, so don’t let it get that far. Barbecue grill grates can look like new without a lot of elbow grease, so less work is required. Find out how you can make a natural DIY solution to effectively clean rusty grill grates and some maintenance tips.
Before getting started, you should know that grill grates are made of different materials. Grill grates are typically made of stainless steel, which is quite a soft metal. Therefore, you cannot use something too abrasive for cleaning since it will leave scratches on the surface. Most people use a stiff wire brush, but I prefer something that is less abrasive but still effective.
Additionally, I prefer to grate an onion off the grill grates if they’re covered in too much gunk or burnt food. In this way, the homemade solution becomes even more effective. Thus, cut an onion in half and with your grill grates flat on the floor, start brushing the gunk off. Flip the grill grates over so you can brush the other side as well. Now that the loose debris is out of the way, let’s proceed with a natural DIY solution for rusty grill grates. Since this solution is natural, I prefer to use it since I don’t want chemicals on my food. Check it out!
🟢 🧂 Vinegar & salt DIY solution
Since both ingredients are edible, they can be used safely. Furthermore, you will also notice how effective they are at cleaning rusted grill grates.
Mix 2 cups vinegar and 1 cup salt in a large container. Ensure that it is large enough to soak your rusty grill grates. Place your rusty grill grates in the container and pour the solution over them. Make sure the grates are covered and let them soak overnight.
The next morning, all you have to do is wipe the rust off with a clean rag.
⚫ Extra Tips To Maintain Your Grill Grates Like New
◾ To keep your grill grates lubricated, season them with vegetable oil after each use.
◾ Before you turn on the barbecue, brush your grill grates with baking soda and a soft brush.
◾ Don’t leave your grill grates exposed to the rain since that is one of the main reasons they rust. The key to extending the life of your grill grates is prevention.