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.
Time Required: Five minutes or less
- Wait for the waffle maker to cool before cleaning.
- Use a dry paper towel or a damp cloth to wipe away crumbs and soak up excess oil drips on the grid plates.
- Use a damp cloth to wipe down the exterior.
- 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.
- 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.
- Removable cooking plates can be gently washed in warm, soapy water, rinsed clean and air-dried.
- Make sure your waffle maker is completely dry before putting it away.
- Always refer to your instruction manual or the manufacturer's website for cleaning tips specific to your waffle maker.
- 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.
- Never submerge your waffle maker in water.
- 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