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The Big Questions #4 ~ Cleaning the Waffle Maker

September 10, 2008

When you make waffles how do you clean your waffle maker? The reason I ask, is my mom and I were discussing this as I was struggling to make some decent waffles at her house.

No matter how much oil I put on it, the darn things stuck and crumbled into a sad waffley mess. Somehow the subject of cleaning came up. One of us scrubs the thing clean after each use so that it’s not a goopy, greasy mess. The other one does a cursory wipe down figuring that the leftover grease etc “seasons” the waffle maker much like one would with cookie sheets or stoneware.

Now I know based on my above comments, y’all are thinking my mom is the squeaky clean scrubber and I am not. After all it was my mom’s waffle maker that I was struggling with. So one would think that her waffle maker would be very clean, hence the sticky-factor. But not so much. My mom’s waffle maker is “seasoned,” yet I couldn’t make a decent waffle for the life of me. I think I ended up giving up and making pancakes instead.

My waffle maker is clean as the day I received it. I do use it often, but I clean it really well. I don’t want a greasy mess in my cupboards.

So how about you? Do you scrub yours clean or let it “season?” If you are a seasoner, how do you get your waffles to not stick?

UPDATED: Check this out! It looks like it might solve some cleaning problems. I do NOT own this yet, but hope to soon.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. September 10, 2008 9:55 am

    I haven’t used a waffle maker in probably a year but when I did use it, I would spray it really well with Pam to keep it from sticking. And then I would clean it out with a tooth brush every time we were finished with it.

    The same goes for our quesedilla (sp?) maker.

  2. Karen permalink
    September 10, 2008 10:00 am

    Our waffle iron has been used about 4 times, all but one of which was when MY mom was visiting and decided to make waffles. We typically leave it on the counter for at least 24 hours, vowing to hide or get rid of it before grandma’s next visit, simply because we have not found a decent way of cleaning it. Cant they make one where the insides come out away from the electrical cord and go in the dishwasher? We can go to the moon, but an easy clean waffle-maker is too much???

  3. September 11, 2008 6:32 pm

    One word: Eggo.

  4. Joel permalink
    October 22, 2011 7:11 pm


    All you need is margarine. I used Country Crock but not the kind with the partially hydrogenated oils (Never use anything with that oil in it! Stroke/heard attack inducer)

    My iron was sticking and it ruined every waffle. I cleaned, scrubbed and even tried to run the iron on high for 30 minutes just to burn off the sticky film. Didn’t work. I tried coating it with margarine while it was hot and this worked!!

    Just melt the margarine on each surface. I guess I coated the bottom but not the top so well and so the waffles stuck to the top. Then I coated the top and tried it again and it worked! So this was my proof of solution.

    Later, I washed it off and tried to make another waffle but this time I didn’t add any margarine. It WORKED! No sticking! Solution found! 😀


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