Rust on your grill isn’t exactly appetizing. Want a little oxidized iron with that burger? Fortunately, cleaning a rusty grill is easy and inexpensive. The simplest methods use non-toxic household items you probably already have in your kitchen. But the best remedy for rust is to prevent it.
Stop Rust Before It Starts
Prevention is the best policy for combating rust. Before we explain how to get rid of it, here are four recommendations:
- Buy porcelain-covered grates and parts. All cast-iron parts on Char-Broil products are porcelain-coated to prevent rusting.
- Keeping your grill cleaned and maintained is imperative. Check out these tips for cleaning different types of grill grates and be sure to stock up on cleaning supplies.
- Make sure your grill cover is the proper size and fits well. The closer you live to water or extreme weather, the higher the potential for rust.
- If you see signs of rust, don’t procrastinate. Use the methods below to remove it before it spreads.
How to Remove Rust with Common Household Items
Here are some remedies for removing rust from your grill:
- Try vinegar and baking soda – Baking soda can work wonders on rust. When you mix it with vinegar, it forms a potent paste. Rub the paste on the rusty spots and let it sit for about half an hour. Then rinse it off with warm water.
- Got lemon juice? – You can make another rust-busting paste with lemon juice and powder detergent. It needs a little more time than vinegar and baking soda — let it work its magic overnight.
- Stick to safe rust removers – If you’ve tried the first two methods but still have rust, you may need to step up to a commercial rust remover. Do not use a generic rust remover. They can leave chemical residue behind that could be toxic to food. Whenever you’re dealing with rust on a cooking surface, always use products designed for that purpose.
- Sometimes it’s as easy as soap and water – Mix some dish soap and warm water in a bucket and wash the grill with something soft. For stubborn rust on grill grates, try using a nylon brush to remove the rust particles. Don’t use anything abrasive on the stainless steel exterior.
Let’s hope you never have to clean a rusty grill. If you follow our recommendations for prevention, you should be all set.
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