Grilling is part of Summer.  Actually, grilling is part of a year round activity around here.  But they do need to be cleaned on the regular.  And the brush that is generally used is a wire brush.  Sometimes those bristles can come off the brush and wind up in the food that is being grilled after cleaning.

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You can see here what can happen of a bristle does wind up being ingested.

You can avoid this issue by following this practice...

If you want to stick to using a wire grill brush, use it for one season and then toss it, since the bristles are more likely to detach after repeated use. When you use it, take a few minutes to inspect the grill surface for bristles before putting the food on.

Even better, opt for a different kind of brush that doesn’t come with wire bristles. Great, effective options include brushes made with nylon bristles, “stone” tools like this one that work like a Pumice stone scrubbing your skin, or brushes that use mesh scrubber pads that resemble Brillo.

And then there are two really cool DIY methods. One: Crumple up aluminum foil into a ball and use that to scrub, like this. Two: Cut an onion in half and use tongs or a fork to rub it all over the hot grill grates like this. 

Grilling- sometimes it is definitely the preferred way to cook... especially when it's hot and you don't want to start the oven.  UGH!  Let's not heat up the house any more than we need to, right?

Happy Summer!