Waffle irons are notoriously frustrating to clean with all those little nooks and crannies that batter just loves to stick to.

Plus, many of today’s models have non-detachable plates, taking an already hard job and making it nearly impossible.

It’s enough to make you want to stop eating waffles.

Ok, that’s a little extreme, but you get the point.

Lucky for you, I have some great tips on how to clean your waffle iron so you don’t have to live, or even think about a waffle-less life.

Follow my advice and I promise, you will never fear your waffle iron again. Just be sure to consult your waffle iron’s manufacturing manual to make sure there are no special instructions before starting. If there is, follow those steps.

General Cleaning

  • Steam Clean: One of the easiest ways to clean a waffle iron is by using steam. This process is fast, easy, and best of all it will have your machine sparkling clean. It also works well on models with non-detachable plates. Here’s what to do:

– As soon as you finis making waffles, unplug the machine, take a damp paper towel, and place it carefully across the bottom plate.

– Close the lid and let the machine’s steam get to work. Make sure to stand back as the steam will come out the sides of the iron, which can burn you.

– Once the machine stops steaming open the lid and gently remove the paper towel. Then take another paper towel and brush away any excess crumbs.

If there are any spots that still have batter, wet a cloth with hot water and soap and gently rub the area once the iron is cooled.

Deep Cleaning

Soap & Water: If you can remove your plates (or want a more thorough cleaning) then you can generally wash them carefully with soap and water as long as you don’t immerse them in water (sorry, no dishwasher!). To give them a deep cleaning here’s what you need to do:

– Unplug the iron and let it cool completely.

– Take a cloth and wet it with warm, soapy water and wipe down the outside, along with the upper and lower plates.

For caked on sections there are 2 things you can do:

  1. A) Take the cloth and soak it in hot water and soap, then lay it over the plate for a few minutes to soften the hardened batter. If that doesn’t work, try option B.
  2. B) Take a soft toothbrush with baking soda to gently scrub and loosen the debris.

– Once all debris is removed, take a warm, soapy cloth and wipe down the plates again to make sure they are clean.

– Take a damp cloth with plain water and wipe everything down to remove any soap residue.

– Dry the plates with a soft, lint-free towel and wipe down the outside.

Additional Tips

In addition to following those tips, here is some more information to help cleaning your machine easier:

  • Spray any non-stick spray you use before heating up the grill. Sprays contain a chemical called lecithin that can burn and turn gummy if the iron is already hot.
  • If you see that a lot of your batter is sticking, your non-stick coating could be wearing off. You can use a spray or take wax paper and place it on the plates while the iron heats up to coat the plate surface with wax.

These techniques are designed to help you keep your waffle maker sparkling clean every time you use it. They are safe, effective ways to not just clean your iron, but preserve the machine’s materials as well. Use one or all of these tips to keep your waffle iron looking brand new and make cleaning a snap.