Cleaning a George Foreman Grill

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We use our small George Foreman grill a lot, and have a great tip for easy cleaning. Once we take the food off the grill and unplug it, we take a doubled up paper towel and wet it, wring it out just so there is still wetness to it. While the grill is still warm, lay the wet paper towel on the grill and close the lid. By the time you're done with dinner, clean up will be a snap. This works every time and saves from having to scrub!

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November 18, 2004

An easy way to clean an electric grilling machine is to put wet paper towels on the bottom surface, close the cover and plug it in. In a short while the cooking surface debris will be easy to wipe off. Using a pair of tongs, move the paper towel around and rub off the debris. Make sure to hang the grill a little over the edge of the sink to catch drips and please be careful of the hot machine.

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Important: Be sure to unplug it as soon as it softens the debris and before you start to rub it off.

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May 19, 2004

I have a George Foreman grill and someone cooked fish it in. I have tried cleaning it but it still smells like fish. I am not a big fan of fish. Does anyone have any tips for removing the smell? Thanks, Diane

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By Joanne (Guest Post)
May 19, 20040 found this helpful
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Wipe it down with lemon or vinager.

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May 19, 20040 found this helpful
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Spray with vinager and then sprinkle with baking soda let sit for a few minutes and rinse.

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March 19, 20090 found this helpful
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Heat it up to maximum and keep it hot for an hour or so. The fish odor will burn away.

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How do we clean a George Foreman indoor grill? A sponge came with it, but it does nothing for cleaning up the grill after using. Thanks for any help.

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By laura from IL

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July 21, 20100 found this helpful
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A tip I learned from the lady handing out samples in the grocery store: I line my GF grill, top and bottom, with aluminum foil. Clean up is no longer a problem.

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July 22, 20100 found this helpful
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I normally wet an old dish cioth so it's soaking wet, and make sure the grill is either sitting in the sink, or on something that will catch the spillage. Close the lid on it so the wet cloth hits top and bottom. After letting it sit a bit, I'm always able to simply wipe out the residue with little to no effort.

Good luck!

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September 13, 2018

Would red wine vinegar or rice wine vinegar work in cleaning the grill in lieu of regular vinegar?

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September 13, 20180 found this helpful

I would not substitute.

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September 13, 20180 found this helpful

Basically for cleaning vinegar is vinegar, but money wise and residue wise, I wouldn't when it comes to something I cook with. First they wibe and rice vinegars are much more expensive than plain white vinegar. Second, they tend to leave more of a flavor residue which could transfer to your food. Best stick to the plain white!

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September 14, 20180 found this helpful

Hmm if you have to, it's better than nothing, but I would not recommend that. You'd want to use clears to stay away from future tastes and smells sticking along.

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September 17, 20180 found this helpful

I would say that in a pinch it would be okay but then wipe it down with plain water. Use regular vinegar as soon as you can.

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White vinegar can be used for many different things/cleaning/rinse for clothes so it might be a good idea to keep some on hand at all times.

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October 28, 2015

My George Foreman grill is wonderful, but I have a problem cleaning it. Sometimes I cook steak with marinade or burgers with cheese and it gets caked on and it is very hard to get clean even with the provided scraper. Please help me clean my grill. It actually gets burnt on grease and I can't get it off and I don't want to throw it in garbage.

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November 1, 20150 found this helpful

When you finish cooking, immediately put a wet paper towel on the grill & close the lid, it will steam & loosen any particles. When finished enjoying what you cooked wipe the grill plates down with a clean wet paper towel, it will come clean.

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March 11, 20160 found this helpful

Warm it then spray with water then wipe it with paper towel

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June 30, 20160 found this helpful

First thing I do is spray with Pam Olive oil, top and bottom...Heat, add meat. Remove meat when done. unplug Lay 2 pretty wet paper towels on the hot grill and close, Eat dinner...When done, open grill and begin wiping off any crud or grease..Rinse and wring out towels and continue wiping till clean..takes a couple of minutes, and works perfect.

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I've been doing it for probably 20 years..My mom gave me the idea and I've been doing it ever since.

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June 30, 20160 found this helpful

I do the same thing and have been for 20 years, but I use 2 pretty wet paper towels....It works like a charm!

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July 17, 2019

How do I remove cooking spray residue buildup on George Foreman Evolve removable grill plates?

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July 17, 20190 found this helpful

Try the Magic Eraser.

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July 18, 20190 found this helpful

We used to use salt, vinegar and baking soda (let it sit for about 20 minutes) and wipe off with a clean rag or sponge. Rinse well.

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It is not good for them to use aerosol spray...at least in my opinion. It gets it gunky too fast. A little olive oil works better. Wipe it down after each use with a clean, slightly damp paper towel.

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July 20, 20190 found this helpful

Some good suggestions but most sites (including George Foreman site) recommend placing 3 layers of paper towels on your grill after using .
Be sure to unplug first and wait until grill has cooled a little (but still almost hot).

This does work but if you have a buildup of grease it may take several times to remove all sludge.

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I cooked chicken on a George Foreman grill and it got stuck on because I forgot to spray cooking oil on it. I had to soak it for several days or more because scrubbing these grills takes the black coating off the grill part. I tried everyday to wash it to no avail. Finally after it started to smell like garbage, I was able to get all the chicken off. I cleaned it and realized it still smelled like garbage and it had white mold on it! So, (I should have done this on the first day but didn't) I then soaked it in vinegar and it still smells like garbage! After all this because of one dumb forgetful mistake I might have to buy a new one which I can't afford to do right now. Is there any way to make it safe to use and get rid of this awful stench?

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December 28, 2015

I haven't used my George Foreman grill in a while, so when I went to use it there were white spots on the Teflon plates. They were washed in the dishwasher the last time I used it. They won't come off. Help!

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October 1, 20170 found this helpful

These are calcium spots

Step 1
Pour a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and water into the pan

Step 2
Boil

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Let sit for 20 minutes

Step 4
Pour it out

Step 5
Wipe off the stains.

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February 3, 2015

I have a George Foreman grill, model 3 GR30Bw. Can the coating be re-done on this model? Someone cleaned it, scrubbed it and took a lot of the coating off!

By Karen H.

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February 8, 20150 found this helpful

My Foreman Grill gas also lost some of its Teflon coating. I cover the surface with aluminum foil. Makes clean up easier, too. As far as I know, there is no safe way to repair the surface. You might be able to replace the part, though; I would contact the manufacturer.

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January 25, 2009

Love my George Foreman Grill. Hate the cleanup. My Mom showed me an easier way. While the grill is still hot, place a paper towel on the grill and wet the paper towel with a little white vinegar. Pour the vinegar on the top of the grill and let the vinegar run down completely covering the surface.

Put the lid down on the grill a minute or three. Open grill cover and reuse paper towels to clean up. Gook will come up much much easier.

Source: My Mom, Bertha, George Foreman's biggest fan.

By Carol B. from Maryland


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Cleaning My George Foreman Grill

I do something similar. When I'm done cooking, I just wet a paper towel and wipe is down when the grill is still a little hot. (04/10/2008)

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Cleaning My George Foreman Grill

You can buy a little scratcher made for the Foreman Grill. Sponge on one side and plastic scratcher on other, with ridges like the grill. I got mine at Shopko, but think they may have them at other places. 2 /$5.00, I think. I just put grill on counter next to sink, and use this scratcher to clean after done with dish cleanup. (04/11/2008)

By Wisgal

Cleaning My George Foreman Grill

I do this with a wet paper towel but never thought of using vinegar. I also take my plastic spaghetti spoon and with the paper towel still on grill, run it back and forth in the grooves to get anything that is stuck. Works great. (04/11/2008)

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July 17, 2010

What is the easiest way to clean a George Foreman grill? I received one without the scraper, drip tray, etc. I just have the grill. My dh loves to use this for his burgers and I need an easy way to clean it. Thanks in advance for any advice.

Janice from IL

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Cleaning My George Foreman Grill

I love my George Foreman Grill. When I'm finished cooking, I unplug the grill and immediately put a big wad of soaking wet paper towels in the grill while it is still hot. Close the lid so the whole inside will stay wet. This softens the food buildup making it very easy to wipe out.

After the grill has cooled, place it next to the sink and wash it with hot soapy water letting the water drain into the sink.

Cleaning the grill is one of the reuse ways I have of recycling my used paper towels. (01/25/2009)

By Betty

Cleaning My George Foreman Grill

I found that as soon as I unplug the grill I move it near the sink (with drip tray under it) while it's still hot. First, I do scrape it then, I take a couple of cups of water and pour on it. Let it run in to the drip tray, emptying as needed. When it looks to be clean I put the tray in the dishwater and move the grill to hang over the sink a bit and use my dishrag and soapy water to finish up. (01/26/2009)

By Jean

Cleaning My George Foreman Grill

When you are finished cooking, unplug the grill. Use a non-stick spatula to scrape off the residue that will come off easily. Place a wet dishcloth on the grill and close the lid. When you are finished eating the grill will be cool and you can easily wipe up the surface by adding a little dishsoap to the dishcloth. Rinse out the dishcloth and wipe it down again to remove any soap residue. This works really well for me. (01/27/2009)

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