The Minimalistic Hoarder’s guide to a cleaner greener BBQ Grill…

Whether you’re throwing shrimps on the barbie, searing steaks, or making burnt offerings to the BBQ gods you will always end up with some kind of mess associated to your BBQ Grill.

My husband & I love to grill.
Armed with a cold beer in one hand & a “flippy-deal” (this is the technical term for any cooking utensil in use whilst BBQ’ing in our home), & whatever masterpiece is fragrantly taunting our neighbors, we BBQ in any season, on any given day.

Granted, my husband also thinks if he’s grilling he is making my life much easier. And I, in turn, have the night off cooking.
Although he is partially right on “cooking”, I am still making sides, preparing whatever we may be grilling, then there’s the cleaning up, & I will eventually be doing dishes. However in his defense, he only comes back into the house when he needs another cold beer, or to let me marvel at my mighty Adonis who now has his shirt off & thinks I would appreciate the stunning image it creates. So he doesn’t really bare witness to other jobs having a BBQ creates.
Plus, there has been many an occasion where work has called before the beer has passed the lips & he is off to play army, & I will just see a chopper in the distance as I take the reins.
It’s the army wife life I have just accepted.

I know some people don’t like to clean their grills, & I’m not judging (okay well maybe just a little judging), they scrape it down with a cleaning brush, amp up the heat, burn off any grease & feel comfortable with that.

Aside from the obvious health & safety reasons, I clean our grill for several personal reasons:
* We have a vegetarian. We accept her anyway.
She doesn’t padlock herself to the grill, or stage sit-ins, hunger strikes, or even judge us for our enjoyment of meaty things on the grill. And in turn, we create delicious vegetarian-friendly dishes for her, & we make sure her tofu-dog or artichoke steak doesn’t make contact with our meaty options, plus we use separate flippy deal.
* We had a minor grease fire on an old grill while I was supervising burgers (& it scared the almighty bejesus out of me).
* And lastly, but just as important as the past two reasons: I am a clean freak, so if I can see it, I’ll probably want to clean it.
My name is Angela & I am disgusting!

I use very few tools for cleaning our BBQ alter, & it really doesn’t take too long either if you do it regularly.

I do my grill cleaning in the morning while it’s cool enough.
I dismantle the grill plates, & mist Grab Green degreaser over the inside of the grill itself.
LET IT SIT. (any cleaner takes a few moments to do its thing, so exercise a little patience. Trust me, it’s worth it).


With an old T-shirt (or whatever your preference) give it a wipe.
I like to repeat this step, giving just a few minutes longer on the spray & walk away this time.
I spray the grill plates at this point, & then head back to give my grill a good wipe down.

With a bowl of hot water, & a quick squirt of “any” natural dish liquid you have (I honestly use whatever I am using at that time for a future review), & I return to the grill with a gentle scourer/sponge & give it all a final wipe.


I like using these particular sponges, they’re Eco-friendly, they hold up to a number of BBQ grill cleans, they’re not super abrasive, & they aren’t white or brown like my usual kitchen sponges, so they have a sole purpose of our grill.

Next, I use the same sponge to scrub over my grill plates & work in the degreaser a little.
With some dish liquid & hot water, I wash the grill plates & dry them well.


I also use a grill scraper for anything that just doesn’t come off the grill easily.

Then, when the plates & inside of the grill are clean & reassembled, I clean the shelf using the same technique. And then move onto the grease tray underneath, again using the same method.

I like to use an all-purpose cleaner for the outside of the BBQ Grill.


And the Degreaser again for the front control panel.

I also clean our grill cleaning tools. If you take care of them they last longer… (And there’s less chance of a clean freak judging you).

I fill a bowl or the bottom of my sink with some hot water & drop in a Grab Green Cookware & Bakeware Cleaner Pod (I love these things, you can check out their own review below).
Grab Green’s Magical Pods…


Once everything is clean, & back on the grill, you can pat yourself on the back for a job well done!
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This is where I text a photo to my husband & he asks why do we keep buying new grills.

Have a great summer everyone. Stay safe, be kind to the world around, & the people in it.
If you want to check out the items I used in this “how-to-guide” click on the links below.
And if you’re interested in more of my reviews, & “how to’s” then become an adoring fan on here, &/or twitter!
https://twitter.com/Cleanwithgreen1`

Angela

http://www.grabgreenhome.com/tangerine-with-lemongrass-power-degreaser/
http://www.grabgreenhome.com/tangerine-with-lemongrass-all-purpose-cleaner/
click the link below to get 50% off your first order when you sign up to the Grab Green community.
http://www.grabgreenhome.com/summer-savings

http://www.theskrapr.com/

http://naturalvalue.com/product/sponges-scrubbers/
(I pick these up at a local grocery store for about $1.79).

Putting on your big girl pants with Grab Green 3in1… A Review!

They say that Patience is a virtue…
I’d say it’s more aptly a side effect of being an adult, like knowing you can’t live on just candy & breakfast cereal (even though as a seven-year-old you probably vowed it).
As an adult (Okay as a “competent adult”) you can’t just drop to the ground, turning all your bones to an unidentified form of heavy jelly that another human being has to struggle to pick up, You also can’t hold your breath because things don’t go your way, & You most certainly cannot throw an almighty tantrum in public, & still expect to be taken seriously.
The fact is sometimes you have to tell yourself “Suck it up Buttercup” because you’ve got to make it through the day!
We all have day’s where you just don’t have the energy or want to ‘Adult’, & that’s okay. It can be hard at times. Being a spouse isn’t always sunshine & lollipops, & being a parent isn’t always easy, or as ‘easy’ as other people may make it look (Little-known fact: Those people who make it look easy, are struggling too).

Having little things that make your day easier, or give you a moment to take a deep breath & just feel a happy spark inside can make the difference between quitting the adult world, making a fort out of bedsheets & not letting your spouse or children in (mostly because of the “No Cooties” rule, but also because in that moment we love them, but we may not particularly like them) & accepting that we don’t have to be perfect at this Adult thing, & acknowledging that YOU’RE OKAY JUST AS YOU ARE!!!

When my kids were younger my escape was my linen cupboard.
It was my Narnia, I opened the cupboard door & everything inside was how I wanted life to be… Organized!
I had learned the trick from my Mom to slip unwrapped cakes of soap amongst the linen so that it smelled clean & that was my choice of drug.
I found it comforting.
If I was having a particularly stressful day of trips to the emergency ward because someone decided to jump off the sofa & face plant into the coffee table, another one proudly shown me she had written her name for the very first time (only it was on wall in sharpie), & the freezer had at some point stopped working & now the dinner menu consisted of partially melted ice cream, thawed fish sticks, pizzas, & a Tupperware container of some unlabeled leftovers that you asked your spouse to label weeks before while you were busy refereeing a sibling brawl in front of the television.
My escape was when I carried a sacrificial offering of my folded laundry (which had probably sat in the dryer, or on the sofa for far longer than I cared to admit), & I added it to my Linen cupboard.
Fluffy towels folded perfectly, & stacked to look like they do in an upmarket store. I’d stand in the doorway & take a long deep breath… It was organized, clean, sheer perfection compared to the chaos in the rest of my home.
Of course, my beloved family thought I was nuts, but that was okay, it’s my piece of comfort.

Life’s stresses have changed for me now.
My husband knows where his socks are so I won’t have to yell from the shower that they’re in the same place they always are.
My children no longer launch themselves off furniture or draw on the walls.
I can even use the bathroom in absolute privacy.
And if our freezer stops working, then we’ll just have friends over & dine on whatever the heck there is, & worry about restocking the freezer the following day.

This is the bonus side to being a military family. We’ve got each other’s backs. I have no qualms that if that happened, our friends coming to dine with us on a feast made of whatever defrosted in the great freezer breakage of 2017, would help in any way needed. And we’d do the same for them!

Now it’s not to say life doesn’t have stress anymore, it’s just that these days the things that worry me, or keep me awake at nights are different. Being an army wife, & a mother to young adults carries a whole different set of concerns.

So parenthood & marriage have well & truly been infected by a good dose of patience. I’m more accepting of what I can’t change, & I don’t let the little things bother me as much.
I save the fort making for the overwhelming bigger things that bring sadness & worry.
And I have good chocolate biscuits, a bottle of wine on hand, & there’s enough room in that fort for my husband, kids & close friends!

Plus I still have my linen cupboard Narnia, it’s just now that’s changed too.
Instead of the commercialized “Clean linen” smell that offered me comfort & a boatload of carcinogenic chemicals. It really is all clean “chemical free” linen these days, not just made to smell like it.
When I take a deep breath of it I’m not inhaling any nasty chemicals with more than six syllables, & the need for a degree from NASA to pronounce the ingredients. It’s nice to know that’s one less thing I need to worry about…

For the most part, we don’t use scented laundry products so when we do, we really notice….
I’ve been using the object of today’s review on all the bedding, towels, & clothes for my teenage daughter. I want to note Grab Green does not test on animals, but I apparently test on my family!

Grab Green’s 3in1 Laundry Detergent Pods!
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And just like our teenage daughter – great things come in a small package here!

The three in the 3in1:
* Detergent
* Stain remover
* Brightener

It achieves all three!
* It cleans well in all temperatures. We only do cold washes for our laundry, & we have hard water – so our expectations are pretty high. CHECK!
* Our daughter’s indulgence to fight stress is a bath using natural bath bombs that turn her water the colors that would prevent most people from entering. Think opaque black, purples, greens, red, add plants leaves, glitter & you get the idea. This on white fluffy towels can be a little messy. Stain removing – CHECK!
* As for brightening – her bed sheets, white comforter & colored clothing are all brightly the colors they should be. CHECK!

The scent currently in use is Lavender with Vanilla.
This was a hard sell. My daughter loves Lavender but despises most vanilla scents (due to the overuse of fake vanilla smells in so many overly scented products).
Keep in mind that the pods are concentrated laundry detergent, so in the package, they smell pretty strong.

I use 1-2 pods (depending on the size of the load).
The pods break down fairly quick, & by the end of the cycle, there is just a mild lavender scent with just a hint of vanilla to it. Then by the time, it’s been through the dryer there is just a warm inviting scent remaining.
I always test laundry pods before I use them in my washing machine.
I fill a bowl with cold water, drop in a pod & give it a stir with a spoon.
If it doesn’t break down easily, then I probably won’t use it.
The grab green pod broke down in less than a minute, & didn’t actually require too much agitation to get it to mix with the water.

Grab Green lists their ingredients on the back with a vow of True Transparency, so they list what is in it, & why.
You can also head to their website for a deeper explanation.
http://www.grabgreenhome.com/3-in-1-lavender-with-vanilla-laundry-detergent#tab-ingredients

It comes in 3 different fragrances, & a fragrance free version.
It also comes in 3 different size packs:
24 pods for $8 (.33 cents per 1 pod load)
60 pods for $18.50 (.31 cents per load)
132 pods for $39 (.29 cents per load)

By the facts that I only use cold water, I don’t need to do extra rinses because the pods break down well, & that it has a good brightener, & a stain remover in it also means more bang for your buck so to speak.

For the value, quality & quantity I’m giving this particular fragrance pod a solid 7.5/10. (Which is pretty high, I’m fussy with laundry products).
I like the Vetiver fragrance myself – it’s a little more calming, & has a more herbal scent to it, but as we know everyone reacts & responds differently to different smells.

If you want to check out these laundry pods, & some of the other great products Grab Green has, click the link below to get 50% off your first order when you sign up to the Grab Green community.
http://www.grabgreenhome.com/summer-savings

I’m going to have a coffee & put my super powers to good use as I do some cleaning with another new product that I will eventually review.

Have a great day being a perfectly imperfect adult, check out the Grab Green site from the confines of your fort if you have to, & follow my blog for more reviews…

As always be kind to the world around you, & the people in it.

Angela

Grab Green’s Magical Pods…

Fact one: Doing the dishes is one of my least favorite tasks around the house!

Fact two: It is not economical, or eco-friendly to use paper plates & disposable cutlery every day to avoid the aforementioned task of doing the dishes. (Also my husband vetoed it when I first suggested it earlier in our marriage).

Fact three: The greatest way to avoid doing a mundane task is to take so long to do it, & do it so badly that it infuriates the other person so much they lose their patience & do the entire job themselves…. After many years of battling this in our marriage – my husband has won, & I just do the dishes!

Fact four: Not all dishes are created equal with nonstick abilities. Nor has anyone actually thought of making self-cleaning cookware!

Fact five: If a genie popped out while I was cleaning the first piece of cookware after cooking a huge dinner I would probably waste a wish on some magical pod that just did it all for me.
Okay, I probably wouldn’t, but it sounds good, right?

Well, it so happens that today’s review is that magical pod!

Grab Green’s Cookware & Bakeware Cleaner Pods!
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These are so simple to use… The directions say to drop a pod in your dirty cookware/bakeware & fill it with hot water. Always the rebel, I do this the other way around & it still works beautifully.

I leave it to sit for 10 minutes or so while I load the dishwasher with my more obliging dinnerware, & then return to rinse, & wash effortlessly!

These little babies are formulated for stainless steel, enameled cookware, glass & aluminum so that covers a broad range. (However, it is not intended for copper or teflon).

The ingredients are listed on the back of the packaging with Grab Green’s claim of “True Transparency”. They want you to know what’s inside & why!
You can also go to their website for a deeper explanation on their products. Which I appreciate, & find extremely helpful!
http://www.grabgreenhome.com/kitchen-solutions/cookware-bakeware/#tab-ingredients

It comes in one fragrance Tangerine with Lemongrass, which leaves a warm citrus/earthy smell as it makes quick work of your burnt on food, or the crusty cheese edges still stuck to your dish.


I even use them to clean our mugs of those coffee stains that momentarily make you question if it does that to your mug, what does it do to your body, (which you quickly overcome because of your love affair with coffee).
I just fill a bowl with hot water & throw in a couple of these pods. Once dissolved, I pour the citrusy solution into the mugs filling to the brims with extra hot water if needed, & let them sit for 20-30 minutes, & they clean leave them like new. Word to the wise, Wash your mugs really well after doing this, or your hot beverage will smell a lot like Tangerine with Lemongrass (I discovered this the hard way).

At $5 for a pack of 15, it may seem on the more expensive side, but I don’t use these for every dish wash. They’re the big guns I bust out for my expensive enameled cast iron dutch oven, braiser, slow cooker, & roasting dish so instead of spending 20 minutes or more scrubbing at it, I can soak it & get back to my family & friends on the holidays.
A pack can last me anything from a month or two depending on how I use them.

I give these a 9/10. They’re non-toxic, made from naturally derived ingredients.
They are not tested on animals, & are proudly made here in the USA!

If you want to check out these pods, & some of the other great products Grab Green has, check this link to get 50% off your first order.
http://www.grabgreenhome.com/summer-savings

I actually use a few other Grab Green products, which I will do reviews on in the very near future, but for now, check out their site, follow my blog & watch this space.
As always be kind to the world around you, & the people in it!

Angela