You wake up on lazy Sunday morning; fix yourself a huge breakfast and munch it down like a royalty. You especially devour those waffles you made, and take them in with heavenly bites. One hour later, when you walk into the kitchen and see the waffle-maker lying there on the sink to be cleaned, you feel as if you’re walking into your worst nightmares. To make matters difficult, you realize that your waffle maker has non-detachable grid, which makes cleaning it nearly impossible as you remember from last time.
Please don’t worry. Life will not end. It will go on. You will have more Sunday mornings, and you will gobble down more waffles, and, you will have a clean waffle maker within seconds afterwards. How? Let’s take you through the secret of cleaning waffle makers!
What will you need?
- Paper towel
- Rubber spatula
- Dish liquid
- Old toothbrush
Before you start to clean the waffle maker, make sure that it is not hot, and that it has completely cooled down. To clean the exterior of the waffle maker, use the dish cloth. Soak it in warm soapy water, wring it out so that it is damp, and then clean the exterior surface. Never use a wet cloth on the exteriors, as it may lead to wiring faults because of water dripping into the crevice.
To clean the exteriors, use the dry paper towel to first soak in any oil puddles that may be left. If there are any crumbs on the inside, use the old toothbrush to sweep them away. If there is any dried batter stuck inside the waffle maker, use the rubber spatula to remove it. If you fail with the rubber spatula, lay a damp dish cloth hat has been soaked in warm soapy water, and then wring out over the grid. If this still fails, use a baking soda and a sanitized toothbrush to wipe it clean.
To make sure that you sustain the shine and prevent staining on your waffle maker, wipe the baking plates with a paper towel or a damp cloth. If there are crumbs in the hinges, use a toothpick to pull them out. Before storing, wipe a finger along the grid to make sure that no oily residue is left behind. Also, make sure it is completely dry before you store it.
Instead of non-detachable grids, however, if you are lucky to have removable plate and detachable grids, then you can clean them like a non-stick pan – if your plates are non-stick. Wipe the plates with warm soapy water, and then rinse them and let them dry. If you need to scrub, do it with a soft scrub brush or nylon scrub pad so as to prevent any scratching. It is also advisable to not coat your non-stick baking plates with cooking spray. This is because it will build into a gummy residue over time, and will turn your waffle-maker into a piece of junk. Trust the manufacturers when they say that the waffle maker is non-stick – because it really is. All you need to do is oil the plates, before baking the waffles. If you think that your batter is still sticking, it’s not the waffle maker that’s at fault. Try adding more oil to your batter and then see if it gives a different result.
Ta-da! You’ve enjoyed the Sunday brunch with waffles, and you’ve not taken more than fifteen minutes for the cleanup of the waffle maker at the most with our steps. Enjoy the rest of the day like the royalty you began it as!
p.s. though this is a tried and a tested way of cleaning waffle makers, it is always advisable to first check your user manual for the brand and the model of the waffle maker that you are using. This is very important because of the different technicalities and manufacturing specifications involved in different waffle makers. For this reason, the manufacturer will be able to guide you the best for cleaning your waffle maker, and regarding what substances you may be allowed or disallowed to use during the cleaning process. Regardless, however, always remember to let the waffle maker cook to prevent burns. Happy Waffling!