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Cleaned! How to clean a grill with laundry detergent

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Cleaned! How to get a clean grill in minutes with laundry detergent. Say what!? Yes, this Weber stainless steel grill was nasty and today I am sharing how to clean a stainless steel grill using Tide OXI Multi-purpose Stain Remover. I am here to tell you that TIDE is not just for laundry! This stuff is absolutely amazing and not only can it be used on floor stains, kitchen sinks, tubs and more, it worked fantastic on my friends nasty grill.

I will admit, the grill is the last thing on my cleaning list so I was thrilled to see another grill in worse condition than mine ;).

Clean Grill – Follow these easy steps

HOW TO CLEAN STAINLESS STEEL GRILL Tide OXI

First Step to clean the exterior of a grill 

My friend thought I was out of my mind when I told her I wanted to try out this new product and experiment how well it cleaned a grill.

HOW TO CLEAN STAINLESS STEEL GRILL Tide OXI

First step: I decided to mix the Tide Oxi Stain laundry detergent with warm water in a spray bottle.

HOW TO CLEAN STAINLESS STEEL GRILL Tide OXI

I followed the directions on the back of the container and simply added to a bottle instead of a bucket. 

HOW TO CLEAN STAINLESS STEEL GRILL Tide OXI

I tested a small part of the Weber grill first to ensure that it didn’t damage the stainless steel and oh my, it worked fantastic!

HOW TO CLEAN STAINLESS STEEL GRILL Tide OXI

Cleaning tip: Clean your grill in the shade as the sun will dry out your cleaning solution in seconds.

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HOW TO CLEAN STAINLESS STEEL GRILL Tide OXI

Second Step: Once I sprayed the grill cleaner on the gas grill, I let it set for a few seconds and then wiped it off with a paper towel.

HOW TO CLEAN STAINLESS STEEL GRILL Tide OXI

I did have a small bucket, sponge and warm water on hand to wipe any excess laundry detergent solution off the stainless steel grill. 

HOW TO CLEAN STAINLESS STEEL GRILL Tide OXI

Third Step: I used a soft white painters rag to dry and buff the Weber stainless steel grill giving it a smooth shiny finish.

HOW TO CLEAN STAINLESS STEEL GRILL Tide OXI

The improvement of this old BBQ gas grill is amazing and my friend isn’t laughing at me anymore!

HOW TO CLEAN STAINLESS STEEL GRILL Tide OXI

Not to shabby right?

Minus a few dings and scratches that have occurred over the past few years, her gas grill is sporting a shiny new look and I must say, I am jealous I cleaned her grill and not mine.

On a side note,  this grill brush for stainless steel grates is fantastic and we have  this one for cast iron grill grates. 

As you know, grill grates (stainless steel or cast iron) get nasty and gross quickly so it’s important to have a handy sturdy brush to clean off the food while the grates are hot. I personally scrape off the grime everytime we use the grill as it’s easier to maintain. 

HOW TO CLEAN STAINLESS STEEL GRILL Tide OXI

Best Way to Clean a Grill

The Tide OXI Multi-purpose Stain Remover exceeded my expectations and it really smells good too.

I truly think this is the best way to clean a grill – using a homemade cleaner from a laundry product that many of you may already have in your home. 

HOW TO CLEAN STAINLESS STEEL GRILL Tide OXI

The great thing about this product is it has over 225 cleaning uses and more being added every day. I’ve only had it for a week and I’ve used it to clean our shower tile, kitchen sink, the grill, a nasty mold stain on our back door and of course, I’ve added it to the washer drum to clean the clothes.

HOW TO CLEAN STAINLESS STEEL GRILL Tide OXI

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I don’t have a picture but we had a really nasty stain on our berber carpet in our family room that was caused by one of our dogs and we couldn’t get the stain out so I sprayed some of the Tide OXI I had left over in the bottle on it and let it sit for a few minutes and then took a scrub brush to it. I know scrubbing a carpet is not the best idea but I had nothing to lose.

Do you know what, the stain is gone! Like for real!!! You can buy this laundry detergent product here on Amazon and have it at your house tomorrow! 

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  1. Did you use the solution on the grill grates too? Mine are really nasty and caked with crud so hoping this might work.

    1. I didn’t but that’s because I am crazy about not putting any cleaner near anything that touches food. Try scrubbing with SOS pad and putting in dishwasher….that’s what I do 🙂