With this helpful cleaning instruction, you can rid your waffle maker of the leftovers of previous meals.

Few little gadgets are as much pleasure to use as a waffle maker. So, what’s the deal with this wonderful culinary gadget getting so little use? Because cleaning may be a chore! Both the inner and exterior baking plates are prone to accumulating food debris and oil, which should be cleaned after each use lest they produce unpleasant aromas or possibly burn your next batch. Ordinary dish soap should not be used to clean the baking plates unless your waffle maker specifically instructs you to do so, since it might progressively remove the nonstick coating over time.

But, with the appropriate tools and procedures, you can quickly get rid of leftover batter and crud—how you go about it depends depend on whether your unit has detachable or non-removable baking plates. If you’re unsure, consult the instructions, then continue reading to learn how to clean the gadget quickly and allow it to reclaim its due position in your morning repertoire.

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How To Clean A Waffle Maker

Cleaning The Removable Plates

STEP 1 Remove any waffles off the baking plates with a plastic or rubber spatula after lifting the cover of the waffle maker. Metallic utensils, which can scratch the nonstick coating on many models, should never be used.

STEP 2 If your waffle maker has a temperature control dial, set it to off or 0. Then disconnect the machine and wait at least 30 minutes for it to cool fully.

STEP 3 Remove all dishes from the kitchen sink and place the stopper into the drain. Half-fill the sink with warm tap water.

STEP 4 Remove each cooled baking plate by pushing the matching plate release button on the unit’s outside. On a two-plate device, for example, push the plate release button on the left side to remove the leftmost plate. When the plate comes up from its housing at the unit’s base, lift and remove it with both hands, then quickly submerge it in the sink. This procedure should be repeated for each plate. Allow dishes to soak in water for 10 minutes to soften oil and caked-on batter.

STEP 5 Remove one plate from the water bath and use your other hand to carefully wipe clean the grooves and borders of the plate with short horizontal strokes with a soft sponge or a soft-bristle brush. (Avoid using scouring pads or other abrasive cleaning products, as they may damage the nonstick coating.) When the side of the plate with the grooves is clean, flip it over and gently wash it down. Rinse the plate’s top and bottom with warm running water to remove any residual crumbs, then air-dry on a drying rack. Repeat this technique for each baking plate, then take off your gloves.

Some waffle maker models include baking plates that can be washed in the dishwasher without causing harm. Always consult the owner’s handbook for advice on proper cleaning procedures. To avoid denting or otherwise harming the baking plates, avoid dishwashing them if possible.

STEP 6 Place each clean and dry baking plate in its corresponding slot in the plate housing at the base of the waffle maker, then push the plate down with both hands until it snaps into place. Close the lid of the waffle maker and clean the outside of the device as described in the section “How to Clean a Waffle Maker’s Exterior.”

Cleaning the Non Removable Plates

STEP 1 Remove any waffles from the waffle maker using a plastic or rubber spatula. Turn the temperature control dial to the off or 0 position if the machine has one. Then, disconnect the waffle maker from the power source and let it aside for at least 30 minutes to cool fully.

STEP 2 Using a clean, dry paper towel or cloth hand towel, go over the grooves and edges of each baking plate situated at the bottom of the unit to absorb oil and slough off trapped batter debris.

STEP 3 If any residue remains, soak the entire towel with warm water, wring it out until damp but not dripping, and then put the moist towel immediately on top of the baking plates for three to five minutes. The heat from the cloth will help to remove any stuck-on residue.

STEP 4 Lift the cover of the waffle maker and use the moist cloth to wipe away any remaining debris in the grooves and edges of each plate.

STEP 5 Using another clean paper or cloth towel, soak it with warm water, wring it dry, and wipe out the grooves and edges of each baking plate in the unit. Allow the lid of the waffle maker to remain open for at least 10 minutes to allow the plates to thoroughly dry.

Cleaning The Outside Of The Waffle Maker

STEP 1 Wipe off the waffle maker’s lid, handle, and base with a clean, wet paper or cloth towel while the machine is cold, disconnected, and set to off/0. When cleaning the unit’s base, avoid touching any electrical components such as the cable port or the cord itself. Never submerge the device in water because it will leak into the base and damage the metal heating components on the underside of the baking plates.

STEP 2 To dry the device, make a second pass with a new towel over the lid, handle, and base.

STEP 3 To store the waffle maker, close the lid, wrap the power cord around the power cord bracket (usually located at the base of the lid), and place the unit upright on a flat, clean, dry surface where children or pets cannot reach the cord end and pull it down—the shelves of a high cabinet are ideal.

Don’t Forget the Oil in the Grid

After a few usage, you’ll need to wipe off any oil that has accumulated in the grid. Simply follow these few steps:

Wrap the pointed end of a chopstick with a tiny piece of paper towel.
Lightly moisten it with white vinegar.
Wipe away the oil and residue from the grid using it.

Tips for Waffle Maker Maintenance

A decent waffle maker that you know and trust is an excellent kitchen tool. You can maintain it running and looking like new with a few simple techniques.

  • Cleaning instructions for your waffle maker may be found in your instruction manual or on the manufacturer’s website.
  • Nonstick waffle makers should only require a little coating of cooking oil before their first usage of the day (not before each waffle is made). It is preferable to use cooking oil in a refillable spray bottle, such as a Misto, or to brush it on using a pastry brush. Cooking sprays in aerosol form can leave a gunky residue on nonstick surfaces.
  • Submerge an electric waffle maker in water at any time.
  • To remove the cooked waffles or scrape off caked-on batter, avoid using sharp or metal utensils. This may scrape the surface, resulting in future difficulties with stuck waffles.
  • If your waffles start to stick, make sure you’re using enough oil to grease the grid. In addition, the butter in your batter will play an important function. The more butter you use in your recipe, the less likely you will have stuck waffles.

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