Waffles are one of the most delicious breakfast options, if you have a waffle maker then you have the luxury to prepare this tasty food whenever you would like, however, as much as waffles are delicious to eat, you need to clean up your waffle maker.
Looking at a dirty waffle maker is not only unpleasant to watch but also annoying. What’s also annoying is thinking about cleaning your waffle maker while you are enjoying your breakfast, it doesn’t necessarily have to be that way. In fact, even if it looks like a mess, waffle makers are very easy and fast to clean. So, today I’ll give you a guide on how to clean a waffle maker in simple steps.
There is one thing you need to keep in mind before we start. Waffle makers come in different shapes and styles. Essentially, there are waffle makers with removable and non-removable baking plates. It doesn’t matter which type you have, I’ll give a quick guide for both types. So, check the type of waffle maker you have, that way you can follow this guide effectively. With that being said, let’s get started.
How To Clean A Waffle Maker With Removable Plates
Step #1 Unplug and let it cool down
The first and most important step is to make sure your waffle maker is unplugged before cleaning it. Then, wait for it to cool down, you definitely don’t want to burn yourself trying to clean a waffle maker. You can let it cool while you clean other areas in your kitchen.
Next, you have to remove the plates in order to clean them properly, Check the manual before taking out the plates, otherwise you might cause some damage to the waffle maker. If you lost the instructions, don’t worry, nowadays the answer to everything is online.
Step #2 Immerse The Plates In Water
For this step, you can use a bowl that is big enough to fit the baking plates, or you can fill up your sink with water. Something important that you have to avoid is adding soap or any kind of cleaning substances, waffle makers usually come with non-stick plates, if soap reaches those, it will eventually damage the plates and overall, the waffle maker. Warm water is all you need, let your plates be immersed in water for a couple of minutes to remove any large chunks of batter or grease.
Step #3 Clean With A Sponge
Here it’s important to remember that non-stick plates are delicate, the non-stick surface can be easily damaged, so it’s crucial to use the right cleaning tools. For this, try to use a sponge that is specially made for cleaning non-stick surfaces, if you can’t get one of those, you can use a soft-bristled brush and gently remove the remaining food residue and grease. Just keep in mind, be gentle.
Step #4 Rinse And Dry
Once you are done cleaning, it’s time for a rinse. Using warm water, rinse the plates, make sure the water reaches every ridge and every corner that you might have missed during cleaning. After that, let the plates dry on a paper towel. You can only put the plates back in the waffle maker once they are completely dry.
Step #5 Clean Outside Too
Don’t forget to also clean the outside part of your waffle maker, you can perfectly use a damp cloth, but, be careful not to get water in the wrong places as it can damage the waffle maker or even cause an electric shock, so clean carefully.
How To Clean A Waffle Maker With Non-removable Plates
Step #1 Unplug And Let It Cool Down
In order to clean a waffle maker with non-removable plates, you are going to start with unplugging the device and let it cool down. This doesn’t need much explanation, just let it cool down before you start cleaning, burns are very uncomfortable and unpleasant, always make sure the waffle maker is cold before touching it.
Step #2 Use A Paper Towel To Remove Oil
This is where the situation gets a little bit different. Since you can’t remove the plates to clean them properly, you need to do the job on the spot, meaning that you need to be extra careful not to touch any electrical parts with water as it could easily damage your device. After the waffle maker is cold, grab a paper towel to absorb the excess oil and grease around the ridges.
Step #3 Use A Brush To Clean More Deeply
In order to get rid of large pieces of batter or crumbs, you need a brush. However, as I mentioned before, you can’t use hard-bristled brushes because it would damage the plates, focus on using a soft-bristled brush to get rid of any food residue, make sure to clean every corner.
Step #4 Use A Wet Cloth
You might encounter some hard crumps of batter, scratching them can easily damage the waffle maker so instead, you will use something a bit more practical. Soak a cloth in hot water, be sure it’s not dripping water, and place it on the plates. After that, leave it for a couple of minutes to loosen those crumps so it’s easier to remove them without scratching the plates.
Step #5 Remove Any Remaining Crumbs And Clean Outside
After letting the wet cloth act for a couple of minutes, it’s time for the final step. Use a spatula to remove the remaining food residue between the ridges and get everything perfectly clean. Lastly, all that’s left to do is to clean the outside of the device, careful not to touch any electrical parts with water.
Well, that’s it! As you can see, cleaning your waffle maker is not more complicated than washing your dishes, it might take more steps but these tasks are fairly easy to do and it’ll take no more than 10 minutes. With this information, now you know how to properly and effectively clean waffle makers.