If you don’t use the barbecue that often, the grill grates will get rusty, especially if they are not stored properly. Thus, if you notice your grill grates getting rusty than you need to clean them right away. The rust can actually build-up even more so you should not leave it like that. Making sure your barbecue grill grates look like new doesn’t require elbow grease which means less work. Keep reading and find how you can make a natural DIY solution to effectively clean rusty grill grates and some tips for maintenance.

First off, before going with the cleaning procedure, you should know that the material of the grill grates matter. Typically, any grill grates are made of stainless steel which is a quite soft metal. Thus, this means you cannot use something too abrasive for cleaning due to the scratches it will leave on the surface. Most people tend to use a stiff wire brush but personally, I would rather use something less abrasive but still effective.

Secondly, if there are too much gunk and burnt food on the grill grates, I like to use an onion to grate them off. This makes the homemade solution be even more effective. Thus, cut an onion in two and with your grill grates flat on the concrete, start brushing the gunk off. Make sure you flip the grill grates over to also brush the other side. Now that the loose debris is out of the way, let’s proceed with a natural DIY solution for rusty grill grates. I would rather use this solution because it is natural and you don’t want chemicals on something you’re cooking the food on. Check it out!

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Vinegar & salt DIY solution

Both ingredients are edible substances so they are safe to use. However, you will also notice how effectively are on cleaning rusty grill grates.

Thus, to prepare this solution, mix 2 cups vinegar and 1 cup of salt in a big container. Make sure it is big enough because your rusty grill grates will have to be soaked in completely. Then, place your rusty grill grates in the container and pour the solution. Make sure the grates are covered and let them soak overnight.

The next morning, all you’ll be left to do is wiping the rust off with a clean rag.

Extra Tips To Maintain Your Grill Grates Like New

– you should season your grill grates after each use with vegetable oil to lubricate them.

– brush your grill grates with a soft brush and baking soda before you’re turning on the barbecue.

– do not expose your grill grates in the rain because that’s the main reason why they get rusty. Thus, prevention really matters to prolong the life of your grill grates.