How I Clean My Waffle Iron
How to Clean a Waffle Iron
When it comes to breakfast food, waffles reign supreme. When you own a waffle iron, you have the added luxury of eating your deliciously fluffy waffles in the comfort of your own home. The downside, however, is that you also have to clean up that iron, which is sure to get messy in the process of making your breakfast. It's always best to check the owner's manual for exact instructions for your particular model but – let's get serious – you probably already tossed it out. Depending on the kind of waffle iron you own, there are different ways to clean it.
Cleaning an Electric Waffle Iron with Non-Removable Plates
Unplug your waffle iron and allow it to cool.Most modern electric waffle irons come with nonstick plates, and they have to be cleaned without immersing the appliance in water. You definitely don't want to burn yourself trying to clean a piping hot waffle iron. Instead, unplug it before enjoying your waffle.By the time you're finished and ready to clean, it should be cool.
Remove excess oil with dry paper towel.If you have a nonstick waffle iron, you may not have used any oil. If you did, however, there maybe little puddles of grease. You can dab these up with a dry paper towel. It may be helpful to fold the paper towel into a point, so that you can push it between the ridges of the iron.
Brush away large crumbs.Often times, there will be bits of dried batter stuck within the ridges, or even dripping over the sides if you filled the iron generously. Do a once over, brushing away those big pieces with a soft-bristled kitchen brush.It's important that the bristles really are soft, because you don't want to risk scratching the nonstick surface.
Loosen the hardened bits with a hot cloth.If there is a lot of batter dried to the iron, it can be extremely annoying to loosen and scrape each one, bit by bit. Instead, soften all the batter up first. Grab a dish towel or rag and soak it with hot water from the sink. Ring it out a bit so that it isn't dripping, but still saturated. Place it on the waffle iron, and close it. Let it sit for a few minutes, so that the heat and moisture from the rag loosens up those pesky crumbs.
Remove any remaining batter with a rubber spatula.These rubber kitchen utensils might as well have been made for cleaning a waffle iron, because they're ideal.The rubber won't scratch the surface, and it's thin and malleable enough to get in between the rows of the waffle iron. Once the dried batter has been softened by the wet rag, you should be able to use your rubber spatula to scrape the rest of the batter off.
- You can also use a sponge to gently remove the loosened batter. Make sure you purchase one that is specifically for nonstick surfaces.
Clean the outside of the iron with a damp cloth.Make sure that your cloth is damp, not wet.It's important that you don't accidentally get water into the electrical parts of the iron, which could cause you to get shocked next time you turn it on, or break the iron altogether. Clean everything that has batter on it, or looks dirty.
Cleaning a Waffle Iron with Removable Plates
Allow your iron to cool and remove the plates.You can unplug it when you're finished making your waffles, and it can cool while you eat.Remove the plates from the waffle iron according to the manufacturer’s instructions, if you still have them. Waffle iron grid plates usually snap out easily.
Immerse the plates in warm water.It's probably easiest to do this in your sink, but you can also use a shallow dish of warm water. Don't add any soap to the water. Nonstick plates should never be cleaned with soap because it can cause the nonstick surface to deteriorate.
Gently clean the plates with a sponge or brush.Again, it's important to be cognizant of the nonstick surface and use soft cleaning supplies. Use a sponge that is made specifically for nonstick surfaces, or a kitchen brush with soft bristles. You don't want to scratch up the plates while cleaning them.
Rinse the waffle grid plates in warm water.Allow the water to remove any remaining crumbs. It's great to turn the plates vertical so that the water can run through the ridges, rinsing spots you may have missed with your sponge, brush, or rag. The dishwasher can be damaging to the nonstick surface of the waffle iron, so this method is the next best thing. Check your manufacturer's instructions to see if your plates can go in the dishwasher or not.
Allow the plates to dry and snap them in.Set them on a drying rack or on a dish towel on your counter. If you're in a hurry, you can certainly use a dry cloth or paper towel to dry them more quickly. You want to make sure your plates are completely dry before snapping them back into your iron.
Clean the outside of the iron.Use a damp cloth to get the exterior as clean as you got the plates.Be careful to avoid getting water into the electrical parts of the iron, which could damage the iron or result in a shock next time you plug it in.
QuestionHow do I get off baked-on oil from the outside of an old iron waffle maker?Top AnswererScrub with a damp toothbrush. If needed, use some dish soap.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I clean removable/reversible metal waffle/grill plates?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerSubmerge the plates in warm water, and use a soft sponge or brush to remove dried batter and greasiness.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I remove cooking spray?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou can just wipe your waffle maker down with a wet rag, but if you want to be more thorough, then take an egg and crack it into a bowl. Mix the egg with 3 tablespoons of water and a quarter cup of flour. Then, add a tablespoon of baking powder. Drizzle the mixture over your hot waffle iron and cook as usual, making sure enough seeps into the cracks. Because of the baking soda, the mixture will expand, and the egg and flour will make it set. Because there is no oil in the recipe, it will soak up any oil on your waffle iron. Do this twice and discard what you have made. There shouldn't be any more oily residue on your waffle maker.Thanks!
QuestionCan I put nonstick waffle grids in a dishwasher?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerSome waffle grids can be damaged by a dishwasher. Consult your manufacturer's instructions to see if your particular model can handle the dishwasher. If you aren't sure, err on the side of caution and hand wash your grids.Thanks!
QuestionShould I use a cooking spray on my waffle pan?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo. Cooking spray can build up on the plates, leaving a grimy, greasy residue that can really ruin your iron. Instead, use a pastry brush to apply oil to the plates, or rub butter on the plates before turning it on.Thanks!
QuestionAre there any risks involved?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf you use the incorrect products, you risk scratching or damaging the nonstick surface of the plates. If you don't allow your iron to cool completely, you risk burning yourself.Thanks!
How do I clean a very old working fine waffle iron?
In the directions for removing cooking spray the ingrediants listed change from baking powder to soda. Which one is used?
Can I put a Rival waffle iron in water to clean it?
Can I use dish soap on a nonstick waffle iron?
To clean a waffle iron, start by wiping down the inside of it with a dry paper towel to remove any leftover grease or oil. Then, use a soft-bristled brush or an old toothbrush to clear off any crumbs. If there's dried batter crusted on the waffle iron, hold a damp cloth over it to soften it so it's easier to wipe away. Once you've loosened the batter, use a rubber spatula to scrape it off. Finally, close the waffle iron and wipe down the outside with a damp cloth.
- You can use an old toothbrush for cleaning away crumbs if you don’t have a kitchen brush.
- Never use spray-on cooking oil; instead, use a pastry brush to lightly “paint” the waffle grids with oil.
- A non-stick waffle iron should not require a coating of cooking spray. It your batter is sticking to the grates, try adding a bit more oil to your waffle batter.
- Don’t use harsh scouring pads, steel wool or any type of abrasive cleaning pads on your waffle grids.
- Do not use knives or any pointed object to clean batter out of the waffle grids.
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