While it is extremely important to keep your grill clean for hygienic reasons, using a wire grill brush can be more dangerous than we realise.
It has been discovered that cleaning your grill with a wire brush can actually result in the bristles breaking off ending up in your food.
Warnings against using these brushes were issued a number of years ago.
Here is a list of dangers to be aware of when using a wire grill brush.
Reason they are dangerous is because the bristles are sharp. If they break off and it becomes lodged in the food you eat then it could be a serious risk to your health. Almost 1,700 Americans went to the emergency room after accidentally ingesting wire bristles between 2002 and 2014. Some cases even went unreported so imagine the real statistics! The extent of the damage can potentially require emergency surgery.
Health Canada have requested new national standards to prevent these incidents from occurring.
Below Are Some Alternatives To Use Instead Of A Wire Grill Brush.
Thankfully there is an easy solution, as there are plenty of other methods that work equally as good.
Switch To Grillstone
Using an Earthstone Grillstone, has outperformed most of the traditional brushes in testing.
Invest in a non-wire scraper
The Grate Grill Scraper is a non wire scraper which gets right between those grates!
Get A Non-Wire Brush With A Scraper
The Grill Rescue Brush is exactly what you need to get your grill as clean without the possibility of loose wires.
Try a grill brush and scrub pad
If you have a smaller grills then this might suit better ‘Expert Grill Double Grill Brush and Scrub Pad’ which is perfect for quick cleans between uses.
Grab your oven cleaner
The same cleaning methods for an oven grate should work the same on a grill grate.
Scrunch aluminum foil
Using aluminium foil is better than taking a chance with the wire grill brush. Once grate is cool brush loose food particles off a warm grate with a wad of aluminium foil.
Tools for Cleaning Your Grill
How to Reduce Wire Grill Brush Danger
If you do currently have a wire brush, check for loose or missing bristles, if there are then dump it. Also remember to heck your grill as well and to check for stray bristles stuck on the grates.
Now that you are aware of the hazards of a wire grill brush and how to avoid the dangers it’s time to get grilling.