How to Clean Your Grill (Charcoal and Gas)

How to Clean a Charcoal Grill

Here’s how to get your charcoal grill ready to go:

  • Start by cleaning grill grates with a brass grill brush and warm soapy water.If you meet resistance, try rubbing it lightly with steel wool. Rinse and dry. (Lightly coat cast-iron grates with cooking oil.)
  • Remove any ashes.
  • Clean the inside and outside of the grill with the grill brush. Wash with warm soapy water. Rinse and wipe dry.

Never use and oven cleaner on your grill. It can damage the finish, plus it’s a bad idea to put a caustic substance on the grates where food’s going to go.

Keeping the grill clean, treat it just like you would any other cooking surface. Wipe up spills immediately – before they get cooked on – and cleanup will be much easier. (The grill will look nicer, too.)

After each use:

  • Clean grates with a wire grill brush. For best effect, the grates should still be warm. If you have cast iron grates, oil them lightly after cleaning.
  • Remove ashes.

 

How to Clean a Gas Grill

If you’re like most people, you’ve got a trusty, much-used gas grill sitting on your patio or deck. And if you’re like most people, gas grill cleaning isn’t something you’ve done you since you bought it.

Here are some tips for gas grill cleaning done at the beginning of the Grill season:

  • Spread newspapers under your work area to protect your patio or deck.
  • Shut off the gas at the tank and remove the tank.(Follow directions in your owner’s manual for removing the burner and pulling the gas or venturi tubes off the gas lines.)
  • Clean off any external dirt or grease with a cloth dipped in soapy water. Wipe the grill dry.
  • Spider nests and grease can clog ports (or gas connections.) Remove clogs with a toothpick, wire, or paper clip. Clear the venturi tubes with a non-wire bottlebrush.

 

How to Clean A Grill Grate

Remove the grill grates (or grids) and briquettes, and set them aside. Wash the burner grates and drip pans with soapy water and a plastic scouring pad, and then set them aside.

Cover the gas openings at the control panel with plastic bags and/or aluminum foil to keep them dry. Then clean the inside and outside of the grill with a brass bristle brush and warm, soapy water.

Rinse it with a garden hose, and then wipe it dry. Remove the plastic/foil covering on the gas openings. Check the hoses for leaks or cracks. Make sure that there are no severe bends in the hoses.

Hook up the propane tank. (If it’s dented or very rusty, do not use it. There could be a leak. Replace it immediately.)

Never use and oven cleaner on your grill. It can damage the finish, plus it’s a bad idea to put a caustic substance on the grates where food’s going to go.

How to Clean a Grill After Use

To keep your gas grill in top-grilling shape, after each use close the lid and turn the heat on high for 15 minutes. Scrape the grates with a wire grill brush. If the grates are cast iron, season them with oil.

Now is the Time to Check Off The Chores Done A Couple of Times a Year

There are probably a few household chores you do 2 – 4 times a year.  For example, clean the refrigerator, clean the oven, clean the windows, dust the blinds and fans, flip your mattress, move furniture to clean behind and under them.

To prevent getting overwhelmed with the addition of household maintenance that’s done a few times a year, put a few of the items in your calendar each month or every other month so you’re not feeling like it all needs to take place at once.

For example, in May the windows, blinds and ceiling fans will be washed.  In July move furniture to clean behind and under everything.  In September clean the refrigerator and oven and in November Flip your mattress.

Then you can repeat this rotation beginning with the new year.  Using an electronic calendar will easily keep you up to date and give you reminders.

 

Cleaning Hairspray in the Bathroom

3 Tips for Cleaning Hairspray Off Bathroom Surfaces

Hairspray. Wonderful on your hair, not so great on everything else. Unless you go outside to spray your hair, you’ll need to periodically clean up the hairspray overspray.

  1.  Use rubbing alcohol (70%) on a cotton ball or soft cloth to dissolve hairspray droplets and that fine layer of spray you can feel on mirrors, faucets, natural stone countertops and tile, and most cultured marble surfaces. You may have to go over the spots many times to completely dissolve the hardened droplets of spray; then clean the area again with plain water or a cleaner of your choice to remove any smears and streaks. Try a microfiber cloth for this final wipe – they’re great!
  2. Painted or stained wood doors and woodwork can also be cleaned with rubbing alcohol if plain water isn’t doing the trick. You can also use a dab of hair shampoo on a damp cloth to dissolve the hairspray. Whichever method you choose, be sure to follow up with a damp cloth and then dry.
  3. Mix ¼ cup rubbing alcohol + a few drops of dish soap + 12 oz. of water in a spray bottle to get painted walls and wood floors

Cleaning Dirty Garage Floor in Winter

 

Your garage floor is filthy with the salt and dirt from melted snow.  

First with a push broom, sweep as much of the salt and dirt out of the garage.

Second, mix up a solution of 1 gallon of very warm water to 1 cup of vinegar with a squirt of dish soap. Pour the solution onto the stains and scrub with a stiff deck brush.

Third, wet vac to remove the residue first and then rinse liberally with water.  If you don’t have a wet vac, use the push broom again to push the loose dirt and water out of garage.  Prevent as little water in garage so it won’t be slippery if re-freezes.

Cleaning Dripped Wax from Candle Holders

The Holiday Season is often a time when several candles are glowing in our homes.  Though the ambiance is special while candles are lit, the aftermath can be difficult to clean up.

Here are a two simple methods for removal of the wax on candle holders; choose the method that’s easiest for you.

  1.  Use the Freezer to get Wax Out
    Put candle holders in freezer for at least 30 minutes

    Once it is frozen, turn the jar upside down. The wax should fall right out. If it doesn’t,  gently tap the jar against the surface of a table or counter. You can also stick a butter knife between the wax and the holder, and pop it out by pushing down on the knife handle.

    There might still be some tiny bits of wax stuck to the jar. If this happens, you can scrape the residue away with a butter knife. You can also remove the wax residue by washing the jar using soap and water, or by wiping it down with some baby oil.

  2. Boiling Water Method to get Wax Out
    Depending on how many candle holders you want to clean, plug up the sink or use a large pot to put the waxy candle holders in.

    Boil water in another pot or microwave.

    Slice the wax up. Stick a sharp knife into the candle jar (or any other holder) and start poking the wax, creating small slices and slits. This will help the wax melt faster. It will also help the water get underneath the wax and separate it from the glass.

    Pour boiling water into the jar. Do not fill the jar all the way, however. Eventually, the wax will begin to melt and start floating to the top of the water.

    Let the water cool, the wax congeal and empty both the water and wax.

  3. There might still be some tiny bits of wax stuck to the jar. If this happens, you can scrape the residue away with a butter knife. You can also remove the wax residue by washing the jar using soap and water, or by wiping it down with some baby oil

Don’t Throw Away the Unmatched Sock!

Though it is frustrating to finish folding laundry and find you have a lone soldier sock.  Don’t throw it away, because there a many things an unmatched sock can be helpful with around the house.

  1.  Pull it down the end of a yard stick to dust all the lint from under the washer and dryer.
  2. Put your hand in the sock to dust window blinds
  3. Cut down the length of the sock.  Attach it to Micro Fiber Handle to dust the floors.

How to Clean Insides of Flower Vases

      

Fill the vase with warm water,

Pour in a tablespoon of baking soda (more if it’s a larger vase)

Pour in white vinegar. It should fizz and eat away the residue that’s built up – This is       especially good for mineral deposits that don’t come off with scrubbing.

Cleaning the Inside of Microwave

 

Microwaves that have cooked on food sides splattered on all can be very difficult to clean.  I have the found the most consistent way to clean microwaves is to have a spray bottle  of one teaspoon of Dawn with water.  Shake it well then spray thoroughly to all sides of the microwave.  If the microwave has a removeable plate, place that soaking in a sink full of hot Dawn and water.  

Once the microwave is sprayed down, put the microwave on for 30 seconds to a minute.  Then wipe it out with a clean sponge.

Once it’s clean, you can deodorize the oven with a bowl of water and cut lemons.  Put that in the oven for about 30 seconds and your microwave will be clean and smell fresh.

Cleaning Rust Streaks in Toilet Bowl

 

Often times. regular toilet bowl cleaners or bleach can not entirely remove the rust streaks that drip down the sides of a toilet bowl.  The best solution to remove the discoloration is with CLR product.  This agent is potent.  You should wear gloves or avoid CLR from touching your skin.

However it is easy to use and does not take long to work in your toilet bowl.  Simply squirt CLR directly into bowl, angling it up to the top of the rim.  Let it sit in bowl for 5 minutes.  Then take a hand held brush that you can reach to the awkward angle of the toilet bowl rim and scrub around the rim slowly making it around and down the sides of the inside of the toilet bowl.

This cleaning method should only need to be done 2-4 times a year.  As routine toilet cleaning should keep the streaks at bay.

Clean Windows Wells Is Necessary for the Health of Your Home’s Foundation

Your window wells are an important part of your house’s foundation.  If not covered, window wells quickly accumulate moisture, leaves, weeds, etc.  When debris builds up in them, it minimizes light going through the window and overtime it can affect the foundation.

 

If window wells have been unattended for awhile, the first cleaning may take a little bit of time.  The following steps will get your window wells in proper condition to then just have maintenance cleaning the remainder of the year.

First remove all debris from the well.  With gloves on your hands, you’ll need to step down into the well.  Beside the well have a bucket or large lawn bag.  Clean out all the matter lying in the well, leaving the small gravel layered on the bottom.

Second, assuming the well is draining properly, take a hose and rinse down all the small particles.  Using your hand to turn over the gravel to rinse thoroughly.

Once the well is cleaned out, wash the window on the outside and in.

Finally using the measurements of the window well, lay a properly fitting cover.  This will then prevent the well from getting too much water and debris.  And you will only need to clean the window well 1-2 a year.