Why You Should Clean Your Grill With An Onion

While grilling is a fun and delicious pastime, cleaning a grill can be an annoying chore. And since the messiest parts of the grill are where food is directly placed, not everyone is a fan of using traditional chemical cleaners.

However, there is an all-natural item you can use to clean your grill and it’s something you probably already have in your pantry: an onion! All you have to do is cut an onion in half, and while the grill is still warm, use a tong or fork to rub the cut-side of the onion hard across the grill’s grates, being careful not to touch the grill with your hand.

onion photo
Flickr | KJGarbutt

Using this onion scrub should remove any stuck-on grime or charred food, thanks to the enzymes in the onion and the friction of moving the vegetable around. As a bonus, it will also season your grill with a delicious grilled onion flavor.


Here is an example of how it looks, though we recommend shutting the flame off when you clean — unless you are trying to simultaneously roast an onion and clean a grill at the same time, like the person in the below tweet:


Onions aren’t the only non-toxic way to clean a grill. Here are a few more ideas you can try:


Like the onion hack, cut a lemon in half and then sprinkle with salt before using it like a sponge to clean a cooled-off grill. The lemon’s acidity helps to break down grit and grease.

lemon photo
Flickr | bertholf

Water-Soaked Newspapers

For cleaning a warm — but not hot — grill, you can try “steam cleaning” it by placing wet newspapers inside the grill for 30 minutes with the lid closed.

newspaper photo
Flickr | NS Newsflash

Vinegar And Aluminum Foil

For this grill hack, pour some white vinegar into a spray bottle and then coat your grill with it. Then, crumple up a ball of aluminum foil and use it like a scouring pad to scrub away caked-on dirt. Your grill will be looking clean in no time!

aluminum foil photo

What is your best tip for keeping your grill clean? Will you try one of these methods?