With the warm weather finally making an appearance, it’s clear that summer is truly underway. What better way to enjoy the summer than with a barbeque out in the garden? The only problem is, you haven’t used it for a year so now it’s gathered dust and dirt in the corner of your shed. This means you’ll need to clean it before you’ve even started, and that’s without all the clean-up at the end. It’s not as big a task as it seems – we’ve got some tips to get your barbeque clean quickly and easily.
Start by lighting the barbeque. Any food that is burnt onto the barbeque will loosen and burn off once you heat it up. Then, leave it to cool down slightly so it’s warm to the touch. At this point you can put water-soaked newspaper on the grill and close the lid. Leave it for half an hour so that it steam cleans itself.
After you’ve left the barbeque to tackle the worst of the dirt, it’s time to take over. A wire bristle brush will remove the rest of the burnt-on food. If you don’t have a brush to hand, a ball of tin foil can have the same effect. If you feel the need to use a cleaner, use one that’s made specifically for barbeques – normal household ones can be toxic. A solution of one part water to one part vinegar can also make a good cleaner; just spray it on and leave it for ten minutes before scrubbing it away. If your barbeque has hot plates, these can be popped straight into the dishwasher.
Once your barbeque is completely cold you can tip out all of the ash that’s left – make sure to do it promptly, otherwise it’ll be harder to clean and you’ll create another job for yourself. You can then use warm water and washing up liquid to clean out the base.
Now that you’ve tackled the inside, it’s time to clean the outside. Again, use warm water and washing up liquid to wipe the outside before drying it with a cloth. A handy tip – put a thin layer of baby oil on the outside to protect it from the elements.
If you want to prevent the mess, make sure to oil the grill before you cook on it. Try and clean off any food before it gets stuck on too so that you don’t need to put in so much elbow grease next summer. Make sure not to pour any hot fat down the sink – leave it to cool and solidify, mix with something absorbent like coffee grounds and throw them in the bin.