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I also find the commercial product Soft Scrub (found in the Household Cleaning aisle of most US grocery stores, where you will find dish detergent) excellent in cleaning most "crud" off cooking utensils. I use Soft Scrub and a plastic mesh scrubbing pad.
Bar Keepers Friend (also found in the Household Cleaning aisle of most US grocery stores) is also an effective cleaning product with a plastic mesh scrubbing pad.
I apologize I do not know what is a "braai" but since the category is "grills & smokers" I will proceed as though you were asking about a BBQ
Generally it is safe to suggest non-toxic cleaners like Simple Green because there is almost no chance of being harmed by this non toxic cleaner. However, non-toxic cleaners will need a lot of rubbing and scrubbing ad we usually want a chemical because we do not want to spend all day rubbing and scrubbing. Right?
We have been cleaning, maintaining and repairing barbecues for over 15 years and I still like Easy-Off a lot. Easy-Off is toxic but that means it will break-down greases and dirt and old marinades so they appear to be melting off the grill parts.
Please be sure to only scrub or brush grill parts made of materials that can be treated thus because coated grids (for instance) should not have abrasive brushing or the coating will scratch and oxidation occurs. Use heat, rough, green, 3m pads and degreaser for full safety and wire-wheel or sandpaper for real American stainless.
Anyway, I still like Easy Off after a very long time using hundreds of different agents. However, after cleaning make sure to clean-off the chemicals or burn-off for at least 10 minutes. Chemicals can keep you in the bathroom all week so be sure to rinse if you can (infrared burners cannot get wet) or burn-off the parts so there is no residue of the cleaners.
To remove stuck on food use water (the world's strongest universal solvent). But add a degreaser. Degreasers change the surface tension of water molecules to make the water droplets much smaller. Once they are smaller they can get into areas to start dissolving what it could not approach previously. Detergent being a surfactant also allows mixing oils and water. Hot soapy water works better. We used to use boiling water in a chinese restaurant i used to work at. Boiling water helps alot. Since your food is charred it is more likely carbon sticking to the non-stick surface. Your non-stick surface must not be non-stick anymore due to using the wrong chemicals or pads on it. High temperatures make silicone type non-stick coatings fail too. If there is no more non-stick coating to worry about you could use an oven cleaner. Oven cleaners are made of caustic soda or lye. Lye is made from common table salt (sodium chloride) Oven cleaner is great at attacking carbon but not very friendly to aluminums or the finished paint on any metals on appliances. Use your own discretion.
Be cautious whencleaning..take note of this, UNPLUGFROM ELECTRICAL OUTLET BEFORE CLEANING. NEVER IMMERSE APPLIANCE IN WATER OROTHER LIQUIDS.? While grids are still warm, brush with clean,soft pastry brush or cloth.
? Donot use steel wool or coarse scouring pads. Remove stubborn
? >stains with a plastic mesh puff or pad. For best results, use only
products with directionsstating safe for cleaning non-stick surfaces
? Theexterior finish should be cleaned with a non-abrasive cleaner
and a soft, dampcloth.
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Scouring powders or cleansers contain abrasives commonly used to clean and remove stubborn stains that are slow to respond to chemical action alone.
However, use of an abrasive cleaner may scratch and damage smooth finishes such as porcelain, fiberglass or enamel making it even more difficult to clean the surface in the future.
New kitchen and bathroom fixtures do not require a scouring cleanser to clean them of soap films and body oils. Dissolving soil by soaking with the correct non-abrasive cleaner (especially a foaming type that sticks to the surface) then wiping and rinsing usually does the job.
When cleaning older, abused fixtures, choose the mildest abrasive cleaner available such as a Soft Scrub -type product or baking soda, and apply just enough that, with light pressure, the embedded soils are loosened and may be rinsed away.
It is recommended that you use a straight edge razor blade and push in one direction to remove anything stuck to the surface of a glass cook top. Stubborn, cooked on, substances can be cleaned by scrubbing with a light abrasive cook top cleaner and/or a green kitchen scrub pad. The green srub pads are considered non-abrasive and safe for cook tops. You can also use liquid dish detergent (such as Dawn) to break through grease and grime. DO NOT use steel wool, SOS pads, or any scouring powders. These products can permanently scratch or dull the finish on your cook top. If you have any questions please let me know. I hope you find this information helpful.
DO NOT use SOS pads! They are made of STEEL WOOL and will remove the protective finish inside the oven cavity. Without the protective coating, the microwave can arc internally and ruin the magnetron. Use the green scrub pads you find in the dish detergent section of your local grocery store. They are considered non-abrasive. Use the green scrub pads along with a non-abrasive cleaner such as Soft-Scrub or 409. Wipe clean with a fresh water and dry with a clean cloth.
Using soft scrub or some brand similar is the best thing to use. Manufacturers reccomend only soap and water, but soft scrub is best. Be sure to never use abrasives on any fixture, it will scratch and void warranty
Kohler makes a cleaning agent for cast iron sinks, if this is what you have.