Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Bristle Free Grill Brush by Gven. Guys and gals this one is important, it may actually save your life or at least from a painful trip to the ER and surgery to go along with it and no I am not kidding.
Finding this started a couple years ago for me, I went to get some stuff at a box store and needed a new cleaning brush for my grill. There were no wire bristle ones, all were that poly plastic nylon crap! I was dismayed, finding one of these had never been a problem. Later that week Dorothy was watching a show called “Untold Stories of the ER” and I sat down to watch with her.
In this episode a kid was having a ton of abdominal pain. They ended up doing an scan and found a tiny piece of metal had gotten into his intestines, it pierced the walls and had tangled the intestines together in a knot! As soon as the father saw the scan he knew what it was, a bristle from a grilling brush. It clicked, clearly this had become an issue and that is why none were in the store.
The problem for me was, nothing really works as good as a metal bristle brush for cleaning a grill. As usual the free market really is a wonderful thing that responds to demand. These types of spiral form brushes started to show up. They have no bristles an the wire is thicker, running in one continuous piece. Nothing to get left behind and end up in your burger or chop, that may later end up in you.
This one made by Gven is the best of them I have tried. It is built solid with heavy materials. It has almost 200 reviews with a 4.5 star rating and unlike many impostors it has a grade of an A at Fakespot.com. The twin heads are staggered and do a great job cleaning off your grill.
My procedure is simple, as soon as I am done cooking while the grill is still hot, I hit it with my brush until it is clean enough for me, done. Rinse brush in hot water and hang up to dry.
So give the Gven Bristle Free Cleaning Brush a shot if you don’t have something like this already. And if you have one of those old style brushes, frankly get rid of it. Sure the risk is low but the risk is also real. See the video below of one study from just one ER, over 18 months they had 6 injuries related to this. Again that is one ER, so extrapolate that across the country. Again the risk is real.
Now here is what I think happened, given we used these brushes for 40 years and this problem is kind of new. Over the last 15 years the quality of all goods has slipped, when it slipped on this type of product, bad things happened. That said why risk it, the brush in this article works fantastically, it is safe for all grill surfaces and you can be sure your family and friends won’t end up in the ER on what should have been a wonderful day.
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