View Full Version : OT: need advice for cleaning Anodized Al BBQ parts

Bob D.
08-15-2010, 06:45 PM
I have a MHP gas barbeque with aluminum "Sear Magic" cooking grids. There's some very stubborn cooked-on gunk that has resisted my attempts at removal. Conventional oven cleaners are not recommended for Al, and I'm not sure what to try next. Replacement parts are on the expensive side:mad: ...

Any ideas what to use that won't wreck the anodized finish?


Bob D.

Your Old Dog
08-15-2010, 07:20 PM
Here's something a google popped up?

"Deep Cleaning with Vinegar

If you find that the steps above donít get your grill grates spotless, thereís another process you can try which may get you a deeper clean. This one again uses vinegar but also combines it with baking soda.

Place the grates in a large plastic bag, such as a garbage bag.
In a plastic of metal dish stir together one cup of vinegar and half a cup of baking soda.
Pour this solution on the racks.
Close the bag and leave it overnight.
Rinse the gunk, which should now be loosened, off in the kitchen sink or with the garden hose.
Note that the vinegar and baking soda solution will bubble up, just like it did in those science fair volcanoes. So make sure you use a dish that is much larger than what you think you need.

If there is any residue remaining on the grill after these steps a once over with the grill brush should take care of it."

Bob D.
08-17-2010, 11:32 PM
Thanks for the tip!

Almost all of the cooked-on crud came off easily after one application. Some scraping with a sharpened hardwood "chisel" got just about all the rest off. I then let it soak overnight in a bucket of plain water and after wiping it down with a paper towel it looks brand new!:D