Make it yourself — grill cleaners

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DENVER — Fourth of July celebrations can leave your grill caked with grease and food. The good news is, you can make the solution yourself, with a few items from the pantry.

*Aluminum foil:  Many people swear by balled-up leftover foil as a cleaning tool, over wire-bristled brushes.

*Baking soda paste:  Mix up baking soda and water, coat cooking surface, let stand for one hour.  Rinse with water.

*Vinegar: Never use while your grill is hot.  When it’s cool, mix white vinegar with water in a spray bottle.  Spray down the grates, then wipe clean.

To avoid heavy cleaning between grill sessions, turn your grill on high for 15 minutes to get rid of old food before you grill.  Or you can use vegetable oil on the grates — but never spray it when the gas is on.