I.S. asks from Provo, UT on January 16, 2008
How Do You Clean a Waffle Iron?
I got a waffle iron for Christmas but it cannot be submerged to clean it. I spray it with oil prior to baking the waffles, and then have to "wipe with a damp cloth" to clean it, according to the instructions. Getting in between all those little squares is driving me crazy and making me not want to make waffles any more! Help!
K.L. answers from Grand Rapids on January 17, 2008
Usually you don't have to oil the iron after its first use. I also got one for Christmas and that's what the manual said. As for getting in between, I just use a soapy cloth to get out the bits...as long as the plug-in part stays dry you can drip water on everything else. Without using oil each time they still brown but you don't have a bigger mess to deal with. They're still yummy too!
J.S. answers from Provo on January 17, 2008
Well I use a toothbrush. It's soft enough to not scrub away the teflon coating and small enough to fit in th9e nooks and crannies. The only problem I find is that it takes a little time by having to clean the toothbrush often. You can even squirt detergent on it to soap it up.. Good luck
V.W. answers from Salt Lake City on January 17, 2008
Try a toothbrush. Obviously not one you are using, and the bigger and tougher the better. Just get it wet and scrub. No need for soap really, you just cook the same thing in it all the time and soap would soak into the teflon coating anyway and you don't want to eat that!
Warm water and a toothbrush!
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A.G. answers from Salt Lake City on January 17, 2008
designate a washcloth just for it and put it the iron damp while it is still slightly hot (but off). The steam helps get everything off and on to the rag. Leave it there for a few mintues then wipe it with that cloth. This works good on a George Forman also.
A.Y. answers from Boise on January 17, 2008
I don't clean my waffle iron anymore than what you already do. I don't worry about all the "in-between" spots. My grandma never does, and my mom never does either and we're all still healthy :). Adds a little extra flavor as I say!
K.L. answers from Milwaukee on January 16, 2008
i have to sometimes take an old toothbrush to clean with water between the grids. give that a try!!!
K.R. answers from Rapid City on January 17, 2008
Our waffle iron belongs to my husband as he is best preparing them. When it comes time to clean it I have one of those brush plate scrubbers that hold dish soap. I just wet the brush and scrape the grooves. Works great. No soap or water needed. Just wipe up the the counter where the pieces have fallen. No need to give up the waffles. Hope this helps.
A.W. answers from Grand Rapids on January 17, 2008
I use my pastry brush to brush the crumbs out, then follow it by wiping with a damp cloth. I have a Belgian Waffle maker, though, so the squares are much larger and I think easier to keep clean. It's "industrial size" - got it at Costco for a reasonable price.
A.W. answers from Kalamazoo on January 16, 2008
See if the waffle plates pop out. Mine do and then they can be washed in the sink separetly from the electric part.
C.L. answers from Minneapolis on January 18, 2008
On the really tough spots, I will set a hot soapy rag on there and just let it soak for an hour or so in each place. Works great for mine, even back by the hinge.