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How To Clean a Waffle Maker


Making Belgian waffles
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Waffles are a welcome breakfast treat on a Sunday morning…but what's not welcome is the task of cleaning the gunked-up waffle maker. Follow these tips to keep your waffler as good as new.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Five minutes or less

Here's How:

  1. Wait for the waffle maker to cool before cleaning.

  2. Use a dry paper towel or a damp cloth to wipe away crumbs and soak up excess oil drips on the grid plates.

  3. Use a damp cloth to wipe down the exterior.

  4. After every few uses, when oil collects in the grid, use a bit of paper towel wrapped around the pointy end of a chopstick or a pencil to wipe away the oil and residue within the grid.

  5. To remove stubborn, baked-on batter drips, pour a few drops of cooking oil onto the batter. Let it sit a few minutes to soften, then wipe it away with a damp cloth or paper towel.

  6. Removable cooking plates can be gently washed in warm, soapy water, rinsed clean and air-dried.

  7. Make sure your waffle maker is completely dry before putting it away.


  1. Always refer to your instruction manual or the manufacturer's website for cleaning tips specific to your waffle maker.

  2. Nonstick waffle makers should only need a light coating of cooking oil or cooking spray before the first time they're used for the day, not before each waffle is made.

  3. Never submerge your waffle maker in water.

  4. Don't use sharp or metal tools to remove the cooked waffles, or to scrape off caked-on batter.

What You Need

  • Paper towels
  • Damp cloth
  • Chopstick or pencil

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