This Splurgy French Find Works Miracles on Ancient, Grimy Grill Grates — And It’s Worth Every Penny

published Jul 14, 2022
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I’ll cut right to the chase: I’m here to talk about a cleaning brush that costs $22. Yes, you read that right. No, you won’t regret buying it — especially if you regularly cook with grill pans, outdoor grills, or enameled cast iron. Let me explain.

This brush is made by Le Creuset, my favorite French cookware company. While the brand is best known for its iconic Dutch ovens, I love all of its unexpected products and accessories. (It even offers a specialty cleaning solution for its cast iron cookware, which I own and use regularly.) So when I saw the brand makes a sturdy-bristled brush specifically for grill pans and grill grates, I was racing to Williams Sonoma’s online checkout even before I saw the price.

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This handy brush is safe for all types of cookware — even nonstick.

In retrospect, $22 definitely gave me pause, but I’m pleased to report this cleaning brush is worth every penny and probably more. When I ordered the brush, I intended to use it for everyday cleaning tasks — it’s safe for use on all types of cookware, even nonstick. But in the name of research, I wanted to put it to the test with a particularly tough first job.

Le Creuset claims this brush is ideal for scrubbing in between the ridges of grill pans. Although I don’t own a grill pan myself, my boyfriend is an avid outdoor griller with gunked-up grates to prove it. 

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How cute is this Le Creuset cleaning brush?

I decided to tackle the grate of his miniature Weber the day after our grilled chicken dinner, so the grates had time to cool completely. First, I soaked the grate in hot soapy water for 10 minutes. After that, I sprinkled on Bon Ami — my cleaning secret weapon — onto the bristles and started scrubbing.

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Here’s what I can say: Folks, the stuff that came off this grate was unspeakable. I don’t think I’d ever seen water that murky. After another 10 minutes of scrubbing with the brush, the grates looked so much better. Perfect? Of course not — this grill is years old. But the grate no longer felt greasy, and all of the crusty bits were gone.

After rinsing the grate, I tackled our stainless steel sink with the same brush, and guess what? It totally beat my typical disposable scrubber.

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Because this tool is very durable — it’s made with nylon brushes and and a polypropylene handle — I ran it through a dishwasher cycle to refresh it. I was surprised to see how well it stood up after two-and-a-half hours of sloshing around in hot soapy water. Frankly, it still looked brand new.

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It may be small, but it's mighty!

The small size (just over 3 inches wide and 2 inches tall) makes it easy to store and surprisingly comfortable to hold while scrubbing. I now store this brush in my dishwashing caddy because it does a much better job on pots and pans than any of my other sponges. The fact that it looks like a miniature Le Creuset pot lid is just icing on the cake. 

What do you use to clean grill pans and grill grates? Tell us your tips in the comments below.