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Cleaning Waffle Irons

I have a non-stick Cuisinart waffle iron which cooks quite well. I'm very happy with it but can't figure out how to get it really clean for the life of me.

Instructions say to wipe clean with a damp cloth (paper towel, whatever). But, of course getting between the grids is not easy. No matter how hard I try, residue cooking spray stays inside them and eventually it's going to start to degrade and go rancid (already, I can smell that faint odor which I dislike and the iron is only a few months old).

I use it fairly regularly, a few times a month. Is there any tip to getting this clean easily or am I to suffer with a semi-dirty waffle iron forever? I keep wondering if I should have just spent more money and gotten one with removeable grids to I could have soaked them or thrown them in the dishwasher :(

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  1. I think you answered you own question there: Removable plates are quite useful. Otherwise keep a kitchen towel handy!

    1. Give this a try:

      Scrub the grids with a sponge dampened with hot water and a little detergent. That should manage to lift and sweep away grease and oil. If the oil is gunky, you may need to warm the iron a little before cleaning. Rinse similarly with hot water. Turn the waffle iron on briefly to dry it.

      The sponge should be able to get in the nooks and crannies easier than the paper towel, plus no linty residue.

      Hope this helps.

      1. You say it's non-stick. Do the instructions still ask that you use cooking spray?

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        1. re: Philly Ray

          No. I have probably the same thing, and there's zero reason to spray it with anything. The waffles never stick at all.

        2. $ store for paint brushes,warm not hot iron,swirl,swipe and brush with HOT water and maybe soap,then water .The brush is a less tedious than a lot of other methods.

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          1. re: lcool

            I like this idea. Maybe one of those sponge brushes may do the trick now that I think of it, one with a narrow surface area.

            Great thinking!

          2. Just buy a soft vegetable scrubber at the grocery store (cleaning aisle) dampen it and scrub a little, then wipe everything off. Or use an old toothbrush if you have around.
            With my George Foreman, I put a damp paper towel on it while still a little warm and close the lid. Whenever I get back to it, you can just wipe what's there off with the paper towel. Than sponge lightly. Works like a charm.

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            1. re: coll

              Ok, just saw this. Sort of like what I just thought of with the soft paint brush/sponge type above. I think I'm going to look for one of these next time I'm in the supermarket. This may do the trick.