What to Know About Cleaning Grills With Grill Bricks

Grill bricks are an excellent alternative to grill brushes to safely and quickly clean all types of grills and griddles.

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Cleaning Grills With Grill Bricks

Commercial chefs have been using grill bricks for ages to clean grills and griddles. Affordable and easy to use, grill bricks are becoming more popular with home grill masters as a safer alternative to wire grill brushes. But what is a grill cleaning brick? And why are they so popular?

Unlike wire grill brushes, grill bricks won’t shed tiny pieces of metal, get clogged with grease or absorb carbon or food odors. They’re more sanitary and environmentally friendly, too.

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What Is a Grill Brick?

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Grill bricks are small blocks, made primarily of pumice stone. They are used to remove grease and carbon buildup from all types of grills and griddles.

The mild abrasive property of pumice makes it perfect for cleaning the toughest grime without scratching or removing any non-stick coating. As you use the grill brick, the pumice breaks down into a fine grit. This grit dislodges stuck food and greasy grime with very little effort. Learn how to get rid of your gas grill.

Are Grill Bricks Toxic?

All natural, non-toxic and eco-friendly, grill bricks can be reused many times and then discarded with no harmful impact to the environment. They’re a great alternative to other grill cleaning tools.

How to Use a Grill Brick

Place the grill brick on the cooking surface and, using light pressure, press it forward and back along the grates. This will create grooves where the grill brick contacts the grates. Lift the grill brick and align the grooves with the next area to clean. Rinse or wipe the grates with a wet paper towel to remove residual pumice dust after cleaning.

Cleaning a griddle is even easier. Just align one edge of the grill brick to one side of the griddle. Push the grill brick back and forth from top to bottom, working your way from one side to the other until the griddle is clean. Then rinse.

You should be able to get half a dozen or more cleanings from one brick. But eventually, you’ll need to replace it. This is because each time you use a grill brick, it wears down to a new surface. But if you buy in bulk, the cost to replace grill bricks should be about the same as the cost to replace a grill brush each year.

Where to Buy Grill Bricks

You can find grill bricks wherever grill accessories are sold, including hardware stores and online. These small grill bricks are a good size for anyone to handle. For cleaning a large grill or griddle, you may want to opt for a set of larger grill bricks that will get the job done faster.

A larger grill brick is also preferable for cleaning a hot grill or griddle, although you’ll still need to hold the brick with a grill mitt or towel to protect your hands. Or you can purchase a grill brick holder that attaches to the brick with adjustable screws.

Donna Smallin Kuper
Donna Smallin Kuper is an award-winning organizing expert, certified House Cleaning Technician and bestselling author. She's written more than a dozen books, including her latest, Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness. Her tips appear regularly in many popular print and online publications. She also shares her expertise as a blogger at Unclutter.com. Since 2013, she and her husband have been full-time RVers, living a simple life of abundance on the road.