How to Clean a Gas Grill With Vinegar And Baking Soda?

If you are a home cook or a professional griller, food buildup is an inevitable issue, along with the oil or grease sticking problem.

Besides, if you cook or grill often, you may have a hard time cleaning or maintaining your gas grill because of food buildup, oil, and grease. Gas grills, however, are fantastic.

The cleaning process does not have to be so difficult and tiring. Using baking soda and vinegar, you can easily clean your gas grill without using harmful chemicals or scrubbing all day long. 

 By combining these two elements, you can ensure a safe and completely clean gas grill in no time. In this article, we will explain how to clean a gas grill with vinegar and baking soda. Continue reading to learn more…  

How does baking soda and vinegar work together?

Baking soda is an amazing abrasive since it is a natural deodorizer. It absorbs the odor well and works perfectly fine as a scrubber. On the other hand, vinegar is a perfect element to soften and cut the grease since it is acidic. It can shine things with proper cleaning in a snap.

Here baking soda works as a base and vinegar is acid as usual. When you mix them together, they result in a slightly acidic solution, yet stronger than plain vinegar. Consequently, they can clean things up very easily even in the worst situation

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How to Clean a gas grill with vinegar and baking soda

The whole of cleaning a gas grill with vinegar and baking soda requires you to let the grill grates soak the whole night and clean or rinse them up the next morning. Here are steps to clean your gas grill using vinegar and baking soda together:

Mix the elements

Take a garbage bag and mix vinegar and baking soda in 2:1 proportion. Make sure the bag can contain the grates and other elements of the grill. When you mix them, the mixture will make foam and bubble. Eventually, it will be ready to use or soak the grill grates.

Remove the grill grates and parts

Detach the grill grates carefully following the manufacturer’s instruction and keep them at your hand distance, since you should soak them as early as humanly possible.

Put the grates in the bag

Now take the grates and put them in the garbage bag. Then seal the bag very tightly. You can use a tight knot or a handy rubber band. Whatever you use, make sure you have sealed the bag tightly.

Keep the bag safely

Now you have to keep the bag someplace, where it will remain safe the whole knight. You can use your garage or any place you feel okay.

Let the grates soak overnight

You have to wait the whole night for efficient cleansing, basically, when you need heavy-duty cleaning. The crusty and stick residue may not be softened easily, so keeping it soaked overnight is important. If your gas grill has a heavy-duty and stuck food, grease, and oil build-up, experts recommend soaking the grates overnight. Again, if you are aiming at minimizing the tiring process of scrubbing your grill, you will have to soak the grates overnight.

Take the grates out of the bag

It is time to take the grates out of the garbage bag; get the grates out the next morning very carefully. Then clean out the garbage bag by discarding all the remaining material, such as liquid, of the bag.

Rinse out the grates

Now clean up the grates by rinsing them with cool water. Before you use water, use any kind of damp cloth. Rinse with enough water to wash out the entire visible residue.

Sometimes the residue may not come off easily, in such a situation, use the scrubbing process. You can use aluminum foil by making a large ball out of it. This time, scrubbing will be much easier than ever before.

Dry the grates

The next and last step is to let the grates dry. Then you can put the grates back into your grill carefully following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Pro tips: Put some vinegar on the cloth to make it damp. Then use this cloth to wipe the outer parts of the grill. IT will ensure a better result.

Safety Precaution

Vinegar is an irritant, so when you mix it with baking soda, they make an irritant element. Therefore, it can cause disturbing skin irritation and severe eye irritation. Do not ever touch your eyes barehanded when you use these elements. When you have cleaned your grill, wash out your both hands and, of course, the arms from top to bottom exhaustively. For optimal safety, I recommend using disposable and high-quality gloves and eye protection equipment.

How safe to mix vinegar and baking soda together?

If you are planning to use vinegar and baking soda together, you may wonder whether mixing them together is safe or not. I tell you that it is usually safe, literally fully safe.

The mixture produces carbon dioxide mainly, so anyone can breathe it without any hazard. There will be bubbles and foam, which are not hazardous either.

If you are mixing it up in a bottle or container, do not seal the bottle or container, since the high pressure of carbon dioxide might cause the container to burst dangerously. Besides, it is significant to use an accurately sized bottle or container to make sure that there is no foaming mess.

Do not make the mistake of mixing excessively high amounts of baking soda with a huge amount of vinegar in an enclosed space. It might cause you to suffocate since the carbon dioxide, though safe to breathe, in excessive amounts could disrupt the oxygen needed for you to breathe well.

Final Thoughts

When you mix baking soda and vinegar, they make an unbeatable cleaning element to give you a new-looking grill. Besides, they can fight against the rusting issue and heavy, stick food build up easier than any other cleaning element available in the market.

So why not try these two together? Get back a safe and crystal-clean grill with the original appearances right away.

Just follow the steps mentioned above in this article while cleaning, and I promise you the optimal result you expect.


Tina Jordan here. Cooking delicious dishes for my family has always been a passion for me. Kitchen and cooking go hand in hand. I have spent a lot of time in my kitchen (still do), so I have a very clear understanding of kitchen gadgets.

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