We’ve stated before that a grill’s main enemy is rust, which can start to form due to certain factors, ranging from a wet grill to a dirty surface. However, it’s crucial for you to know that the second highest enemy in a grill’s list is mold.
Yes, you read that right. You might not have thought that mold can grow on your grill, but as a matter of fact, that white fuzz that’s on your grill grates when you first uncover your grill at the start of grilling season is just that. Don’t let it mess with your excitement, or worry you too much, we’ll get into the specifics of mold, what causes it, and how to deal with it in just a bit!
What is Mold?
Most of you might already know what mold is, or at least have an unclear idea of what it is. For the sake of everyone’s understanding, we’ll explain it real quick.
In short, mold is a type of fungus. In more details: mold is a type of fungus that comes in many colors (like black, white, and even purple), and it can be found anywhere, indoors and outdoors.
Where Does Mold Come From?
Generally, we all know that mold comes from a certain area or space being moist; it’s the same with a grill.
Your grill can grow moldy when it’s stored in a moist room, or when it is stored inside a grill cover- the cover traps the moisture in, leaving it with no place to go. Thus, the perfect setting for mold to grow and thrive is created.
No matter what type of grill you have (be it a charcoal grill, a gas grill, or even an electric grill), mold will not hold back- it will take over your grill.
Is a Moldy Grill Dangerous?
What with the all that information stated previously, it’s clear that a grill with mold is not exactly something ideal to deal with, and one might worry that it can be life threateningly dangerous. We’re here to ease those worries.
Cooking on a moldy grill, while it could be dangerous, it can only harm a person’s health in the worst case scenario; in the best case scenario (which, we believe, isn’t all that better), it can mess with the flavor of your food.
Now that we’ve gotten all the necessary information out of the way, we’re going to get on to the ways you can get rid of mold if it has formed on your grill.
How Can You Get Rid of Mold?
Picture this: you’ve invited your friends over for an afternoon of barbeque and catching up, and as you remove the cover of your grill the night before to make sure everything is all fine and dandy with your grill, you see a white fuzz covering your usually clean grates. Your friends are coming over in less than 24 hours, and you don’t know whether this white fuzz causes enough fuss to invest in a whole new grill.
You’ll be happy to know that getting rid of mold on your grill as not as hard as you might think it is! In 6 simple steps, your grill will be ready for the next day’s get- together.
First things first, though! Mold, even if it might be a small amount, can still be dangerous and lead to allergies, like red and/ or itchy eyes, and skin conditions. So we’ve compiled a small list of things you should wear before getting to the cleaning part of the grill to make sure you’re as safe as possible!
Better to be safe than sorry! Now, let’s continue.
What you’ll be using:
- Water: warm water will be used more than once, as you’ll be mixing it with certain things that will be mentioned soon
- Baking soda: baking soda will be mixed with water
- Pastry brush: aka, a basting brush
- Soap: you’ll be mixing the warm water with soap
- Wire brush: this one’s optional! You’ll see why soon
- Patience: this is a progress that will be taking a lot of firing up the grill then waiting for it to cool down, so keep in mind what people say- patience is a virtue
1st Step: do a quick swipe over your grill to remove any dust, charcoal, leftovers, etc.
2nd Step: this is where the water, baking soda, and pastry brush come into play.
You’ll be mixing water with the baking, then applying the newly formed mixture onto the grill grates with the pastry brush.
3rd Step: Once that is done, it’s time to fire up your grill!
Fire up your grill as hot as possible to burn off the excess grease and kill the mold. Don’t try to scrape off anything or wash it off before this step, as you could inhale spores and potentially have an allergic reaction- also, it still wouldn’t get rid of the mold.
4th Step: it’s patience’s time to shine.
Once you’re sure the grease has been burnt off and the mold killed, wait for your grill to completely cool down.
Once it is cool, scrub off anything and everything with a wire brush or a pressure washer. Also carefully remove parts of your grill and also scrape, scrub, and/ or pressure wash.
5th Step: bring in the soap
Mix warm water and soap together, then use this mixture to wash everything- and don’t forget to rinse thoroughly once you’re done!
6th Step: Now, not that we’re doubting your cleaning skills or anything, but just to be safe: fire up your grill one last time.
Firing it up after all the cleaning is done will make sure that any residual mold, grease, soap, and water has been burnt off, killed, and dried. Now you have a grill that is squeaky clean with less chances of mold and rust.
Quick note! Sometimes, the problem is not the grill but rather the grill cover.
When your grill cover is the one that has mold in it, you don’t necessarily need to get rid of it- it can be taken care of just as easily as a grill!
- Put the cover in your lawn or driveway; if the mold is on the inside of the cover, turn it inside out.
- Mix hot water with bleach (for every 1 gallon of hot water, add 1/ 4 cup of bleach) in a bucket.
- Wipe the grill cover with the newly formed mixture using a scrubber sponge. Make sure to get all the mold!
- Once you’ve let the bleach and water mix settle for 5 minutes, wash off your grill cover thoroughly with clean water, then allow it to air dry.
However, we want you to keep this in mind: if you can smell the mold, it’s time to get rid of the cover altogether and purchase a new one.
How to Prevent Your Grill from Getting Moldy
Now that you’ve gotten rid of that bothersome mold- or just want to prevent it all from happening altogether- we’re going to give you some tips on how to prevent your grill from getting moldy!
- Get Your Grill Hot!
Fire up your grill as hot as possible when you’re done cooking. If you feel the need to add some more coals to get it hotter, feel free to do it! This process will burn off any residual grease, food, and sauces.
- Start Scraping!
Once that is done, we turn to the inside of your grill. Use a putty knife to scrape away any leftover grease that built up, as well as food and excess charcoal. This area alone can be a perfect area for mold to grow in if not taken care of properly.
- Let It Dry!
After doing the previous steps, make sure that the interior of your grill is completely dry, then cover it with your grill cover.
- Maintain It!
Don’t forget to air your grill out every now and then so that any moisture trapped inside because of the grill cover will leave.
Now that we’ve filled you in on all the basics of grill mold (from what it is, to how to prevent it!), we hope you go on to have many BBQ parties with your friends and family with a clear conscience, knowing that your grill is completely clean and safe from any mold.