How to Clean Every Crevice in a Waffle Iron

The dichotomy between eating fluffy golden waffles drizzled with maple syrup and then having to clean the waffle iron couldn’t be more stark. Waffles are my sick day food. This is my Saturday morning food. It’s my food it’s-a-snow-day-and-I-want-breakfast-for-dinner. I jump off the couch on occasion to eat waffles, plain or sprinkled with chocolate chips. But when it comes time to clean out the waffle maker, I decide, at that point, it’s probably a good time for me to reorganize my closet, go through every shelf in my library, and donate some old YA romances , play water polo or read archived Watergate files. Nothing defines the word “chore” quite like cleaning your waffle maker. And yet, it has to be done. I won’t confirm or deny if I’ve cleaned a waffle maker before, but there’s no day like today, so let’s get to it.

  1. Once your beautiful waffles are cooked, unplug your waffle maker and let it cool completely.
  2. Brush off any crumbs or food particles using a soft-bristle brush like a pastry brush. Then, run a dry paper towel over the surface of the grill plates and into all the nooks and crannies to remove any excess oil or butter.
  3. Run the paper towel (or microfiber cloth) under warm water and pour a small amount of dish soap over the towel. Wring out the towel so it’s damp but not dripping. scrub grates with soapy water to remove oil and butter. If there’s a lot of baked-on food, use a soft-bristled toothbrush to scrub thoroughly.
  4. Take a clean, damp cloth and wipe down the grates to remove all the soap. Once it’s clean and free of soap, take a dry cloth to wipe until the waffle maker is completely dry.

As a general rule, always consult your owner’s manual to ensure proper maintenance and never get the cord wet. It’s a good way to break your waffle maker or, worse, electrocute yourself.

If you really want to avoid cleaning a waffle maker, follow my steps and put a waffle maker with removable plates on your wedding list. Most removable plates are designed to be dishwasher safe, making cleanup after breakfast (or dinner) completely painless.