With the warmer weather on its way, it’s time to take your BBQ/grill out of storage and get it ready for the upcoming barbecue season. We’ve previously discussed what will happen if you don’t keep your grill clean. But, what will you do if you discover mold on your grill after its long, winter hiatus?
Mold is a type of fungus that can grow anywhere that's warm and damp. Although it's not really hard to avoid these types of conditions, it seems as if your grill is trying to outdo itself as the perfect breeding ground for this pesky fungus. Nobody wants to cook food on a moldy grill!
Fortunately, there are a number of ways in which you can eliminate mold from your grill or bbq. Here are some great solutions:
1) Cleaning with bleach: This method usually requires you to place the grill in an open space so that the bleach vapors can dissipate (although you may also need to wear protective clothing and eyewear). Apply the bleach to the affected area, wait 30 minutes, and then scrub with a stiff-bristled brush.
2) Using a bleach spray: Purchase a spray bottle or can of bleach that contains 10% sodium hypochlorite (more commonly known as "household chlorine bleach"). Spray the affected area and let sit for about 30 minutes. Scrub with a stiff-bristled brush.
3) Cleaning with water: This method is less effective than the others, but it should help get rid of mold spores that find their way onto your food grills or bbq's surface. You can also use this method to clean mold from other surfaces, like your pot scrubber or spatula.
4) Using a detergent: This solution is similar to the previous one, except that instead of using just water, you should use a solution of your choice. Add 1/2 cup of mild dish detergent to a gallon of hot water. Dampen your sponge or scrubber with this solution and then rub the affected area clean.
5) Using WD-40: Spray a tiny amount (using the straw attachment if available) into your grill or bbq's crevices. Wipe it off with paper towels after a few minutes. You’ll want to give your grill a good wipe down with water and/or dishwashing detergent after using WD-40 to make sure you’ve removed all of the WD-40 so it doesn’t get on your food.
6) Using lemon juice: This solution is very effective and works in a short period of time. It usually requires a few minutes of soaking. You can also use vinegar for the same effect.
7) Using beer: This method may seem unusual, but the results are worth it. After you spray or soak this solution, allow it to sit for several hours before scrubbing it clean. You can also try different types of beers (some tend to have harsher effects than others), or even a combination of different types of beer and water (experiment to find out what you like best).
Of course, you might prefer not to waste your beer and would rather drink it instead while using one of the other methods outlined here!
8) Using baking soda: Sprinkle baking soda on the affected area and scrub it away using a stiff-bristled brush. You can also try this method on other surfaces, like your pot scrubber or spatula.
9) Using salt: Sprinkle salt on the affected area and let it sit for several hours (the time required will depend on the severity of your mold problem). Scrub with a stiff-bristled brush.
So, there you have it, 9 proven ways to clean mold off your moldy grill. You’ve probably got most, if not all, of these products in your house or garden shed already, so now, all that’s left to do is to pick a method and start scrubbing! Your grill will thank you for it!