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How to Clean a Waffle Iron Effortlessly!

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This simple method for cleaning your waffle iron is so easy, you might just want to make waffles every day! Now if only it was that easy to clean the rest of your house.

How to clean your waffle iron the easy way, with no scrubbing required.

how to clean a waffle iron

After preparing a delicious breakfast for my husband and I the LAST thing I want to do is clean up. I’m notorious for letting the bowls sit until they are caked and have to be soaked and scrubbed (yes, I know its easier to just do it right away, but I am lazy!).

The waffle iron is no exception.

I can’t stand cleaning the waffle iron because things always get baked onto it, AND my waffle iron doesn’t have detachable plates so its a pain to clean.

Until now.

Let me tell you just how easy it is to keep your waffle iron clean.

Before and after:

how to clean waffle iron

No need to get angry over whose turn it is to clean the waffle maker. Haha!

Angry Waffle

When you have a sparkly clean waffle iron, you can make some of THESE fabulous Cream Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Waffles….

Cream Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Waffles

or THESE Grilled Cheese Crescent Waffles….

Grilled Cheese Crescent Waffle

Or perhaps one of these 10 Non-Waffle Recipes for your Waffle Iron!

How to clean a waffle iron:

First: NEVER use cooking spray. Seriously.

Did you know it says that right in the owner’s manual? True story. I didn’t know either, but that’s what creates that gross, sticky residue. Use butter instead.

Second: Preheat your waffle iron. Take several paper towels, soak them in water and wring out until just damp.

Place them in the heated waffle iron and close.

Watch carefully for several minutes as the steam loosens the gunk.

steam clean waffle iron

Third: Wipe clean with a damp sponge or a clean damp paper towel. Shake out any loose crumbs. That’s it. Simple!

So there you have it. Now you know how to clean a waffle iron the quick and easy way!

Now if you’re looking for some tips for spring cleaning the rest of your home, you can check that out here.

What are you going to make in your sparkly clean waffle iron?

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Thursday 24th of October 2019

I'm sorry, but I have to disagree with the statement that the manufacturers state not to use spray oils; my brand new, just-purchased-one-week-ago, Farberware Single Flip waffle iron instructions state very clearly, "Use spray oil when making waffles (and any other foods)." It also has a recipe for blueberry waffles, so this one must be easier to clean than older models, maybe? I've never owned a waffle iron, and have used one only once, many years ago, so have no experience with them.

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Tuesday 29th of October 2019

@Joyce, Your model might be different, but so far the ones I have owned (and researched for this post) said not to use them. But if you have one that sprays don't ruin, that's great!


Wednesday 16th of October 2019

I have made chocolate chip waffles all the time, so I decided to try blueberry waffles. Even on a very well seasoned waffle iron it was a big mistake. I did lots of toothbrush scrubbing, what a mess! This would have helped a lot. Blueberries go in pancakes and muffins ever since!


Tuesday 8th of October 2019

Thanks for this great idea! I sell baked goods, including my oatmeal waffles. Today I made 130 waffles...cinnamon, banana nut and chocolate chip. I can't tell you how excited I am about this cleaning tip! Thanks again!


Friday 23rd of November 2018

but... but... how do you use the butter instead of spray? ive tried going without spray, but after 2 waffles, they stick so hard in the maker that they get completely ripped to pieces...


Wednesday 16th of October 2019

@erickajen, I use spray margarine and use plenty of veggy or canola oil in the batter.


Wednesday 9th of May 2018

I only use Pan Release, you make it yourself, simply follow recipe on Pinturist and you never have to worry about any build up!