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How to Clean an Electric Grill

Despite your electric grill's nonstick surface, grime and grease are going to build up on the grill plates. If your model doesn't have removable plates, you'll need to follow these easy steps to get your grill clean.

What you'll need:

  •  Dish soap
  •  Sponge
  •  Paper towels
  •  Rag

Step 1: Unplug your grill.

Before you do anything, make sure that your electric grill is unplugged. That will remove the electric shock hazard.


Step 2: Let grill cool and then wipe off grease.

Let the plates cool down and then use a couple paper towels and wipe off the grease. If you have a drip tray, make sure to wipe towards it, so any excess grease that isn't soaked up by the paper towels goes into the drip receptacle.


Step 3: Use soapy sponge to wet down burnt on grime.

Use a soft sponge full of soapy water to wet down any burned on food. Make sure not to use anything too abrasive as it will scratch the nonstick surface, creating more work for you in the future. Let this water soak on your grill plates for at least 30 minutes.


Step 4: Wipe down with a damp rag.

Take your rag and get it slightly damp with hot water. It might take a bit more force, but the soaked areas should be completely clean.


Step 5: Wipe once more with dry paper towels.

You won't want to let your grill plates air dry, as that leaves you open to the risk of rust accumulating. Use dry paper towels to remove any moisture from the grill before storing.