How to Clean a BBQ Grill With Ammonia

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Outdoor grilling is more popular every year. Unfortunately, the more you use your grill, the more it gets dirty. You can clean your grill with very little effort using ammonia. Simply seal ammonia-saturated cloths into plastic bags with the parts of your grill. Let them sit while the ammonia fumes soften and break down the burnt-on residue. Afterward, the residue wipes right off with an old rag.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubber gloves
  • Ammonia
  • Old towels or other absorbent cloths
  • Large plastic garbage bags with twist ties
  • Pour ammonia into a large glass or plastic container.

  • Saturate absorbent cloths by immersing them in the dish of ammonia. With rubber gloves, gently squeeze the ammonia out of the cloths. Do not squeeze the cloths completely dry--they should still be very wet, but not dripping wet.

  • Place ammonia-filled cloths into large plastic bags.

  • Place parts of the grill to be cleaned into the plastic bags with the ammonia-filled cloths. Combine the small parts in one bag and the place the larger parts in their own bags. Seal the bags with twist ties.

  • Allow to sit in a warm (not freezing) place for 24 hours.

  • Remove the grill parts from plastic bags. Open the bags away from your face, as ammonia fumes can be harmful to your lungs.

  • Use an old cloth to wipe off the softened residue from the grill parts.

  • Rinse well with a hose.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use steel wool to remove stubborn, stuck-on stains.
  • To avoid injury from ammonia fumes, this project should be done outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Do not mix ammonia with any products containing chlorine bleach. Toxic fumes result that can cause permanent lung damage.

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