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We write about oven cleaner a lot, here at Kitchn. We’ve done stories on using the stuff to clean the outside of enameled Dutch ovens, browned baking sheets, and more. Usually, it’s featuring Easy-Off, which is wildly popular and one of the best-selling options on Amazon. Within the Easy-Off family, you have a few options — and when I recently ordered a can of Easy-Off Oven & Grill Cleaner by accident, a lightbulb went off in my head. “I can use this stuff to clean my grill grates!”

See, we grill regularly at my house. And while we brush down the grates each time with a super-sturdy grill brush, they were, um, very overdue for a deep clean. (And that’s putting it very nicely.)

Anyone who owns a grill knows this is no easy task. You can’t put grill grates in the dishwasher. And I don’t really want all that grease going down my drains. In the past, I’ve tried all sorts of methods: I’ve tried liquid dish soap, a baking soda paste, and even a very serious-looking bottle of degreaser. All while squatting for way too long in the backyard. These options all worked well enough … eventually. But they also required a lot of time and elbow grease on my part. The idea of using oven cleaner to clean these grates was very enticing because, even though I knew I’d still have to wash them with soap and water (to get the chemicals off), the can promised mostly hands-off work. You simply brush down the grates, spray them, and let them sit for 40 minutes. That was 40 minutes I could spend doing literally anything else — anything that didn’t involve squatting! Worth a shot!

Read more: Your Gas Grill Is Likely Pretty Filthy — Here’s How to Clean It

Lisa Freedman

Lifestyle Director

Lisa Freedman is the Lifestyle Director at The Kitchn. She has never met a cheese or a washi tape she didn’t like. She lives in New York state with her husband and their pup, Millie.

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