We love a filling breakfast of yummy sourdough waffles in the morning. If your family is like ours, you need to know this hack for how to easily clean your waffle maker.
I was chatting with a friend recently about how much my kids love waffles. Maybe it’s the small pockets that can each be individually filled with syrup? Whatever the case may be, she agreed that her kids also enjoy waffles for breakfast or even dinner. But, she mentioned what a pain it is to clean out the waffle maker after each use. That conversation was the first time it occurred to me that someone may actually not know this hack. Hence, why I am sharing it here with you.
We have a double-flip cuisinart waffle maker, which I love. (similar here) I need to be making at least two waffles at a time for my kids, who are big eaters. However, after I have been standing making all the waffles, I want to sit down and enjoy breakfast with my family, not worry about cleaning the waffle irons. This method makes cleaning such a breeze, and fairly hands-off.
steps for cleaning your waffle maker
- Turn off your waffle maker
- Unplug the waffle maker, leaving it closed
- Let the waffle maker sit for about 3 to 5 minutes to cool slightly
- Dampen one paper towel for each waffle iron you will clean (our waffle maker has two irons). Wring out any excess water, you don’t want the paper towel to be soaking
- Open the waffle maker and lay the paper towel over the waffle iron. Promptly close the waffle maker; be careful- it will steam!
- Leave the waffle maker closed for at least 15 minutes
- When it has cooled, use the paper towel to wipe off any excess grease on the iron and around the waffle maker
Then, store your waffle maker away- all clean and ready for the next use.
why this works
The steam from the dampened paper towel will ease any stuck waffle batter from the waffle iron, making it a breeze to wipe off.
If the outside of your waffle maker has any stubborn grease spots, wipe those away using vinegar spray and an abrasive rag.