How to Clean a Waffle Maker

Here are a couple simple tips to ensure you never have a dirty waffle maker again.

  1. DO NOT use cooking spray on a non-stick waffle maker.  Big mistake.  If you look at the waffle maker in my picture closely, you will see cooking spray residue.  Hello… did you know that the instructions that come with the waffle maker actually say that you are not supposed to use cooking spray?  What to do instead?  Get a stick of margarine and coat the top and bottom before each waffle.  Save yourself the pain of causing build up on your waffle maker!
  2. Steam clean with a paper towel- yes, you read that right.  When you are finished making waffles, simply turn off your waffle maker and insert a couple very damp paper towels into the waffle maker and let the steam cleaning begin.  Let sit for a couple of minutes.  
  3. Repeat if needed and/or use the paper towel to get in the crevices if a small amount as stuck on.  Chocolate chips are notorious for sticking behind on a waffle maker, and while we’ve been making a lot of Chocolate Chocolate Waffles… the thing still needs to get clean.

Ready for some other cleaning tips?  Check out how I cleaned my refrigerator with vinegar?

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Jessica McCoy

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Jessica McCoy is the publisher and primary editor behind All She Cooks. She enjoys recipe development, food photography, as well as food and travel writing. You can find Jessica on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Google +.
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  1. says

    I didn’t realize I wasn’t supposed to use cooking spray! it seems like I read somewhere else recently that there was another item you were not to use it on and I can’t remember now what it was.

  2. Sue Alexander says

    I never knew that, I always use the spray!! I cannot wait to try cleaning it this way either.

  3. says

    Mine is slick and nasty from spray oil residue :( I did this without reading the directions, but I could have figured out that NON STICK meant I didnt need spray oil – LOL – good post.

  4. JULIETA says

    Too late!!! i put on cooking spray and now I have a gummy builtup in my non removable waffle maker….What can I do????? I need desperately to clean it and start all over….please give me a solution, I’m in a s desperately need of information, Thank you

  5. bekah says

    This worked absolutely amazing. I’ve had my waffle iron in storage for nearly 9 months and this worked with no problems. Really like that no chemicals are involved.

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