How to Clean Off Baked-On Cooking From a Waffle Iron

Just because food has baked onto your favorite waffle iron doesn't mean its there forever. Clean off baked on cooking from a waffle iron with help from a cleaning expert and national lecturer in this free video clip.

Video Transcript

Hi, I'm Leslie Reichert, "The Cleaning Coach," and what we're going to show you today is how you get baked-on food particles off of your waffle iron. Now, most of the waffle iron today are actually made with a non-stick surface, so there's some things you don't want to do. You do want to make sure that you unplug it before we start cleaning it. You don't want to ever submerge it. Everything in here is electrical, and even though some people say you can as long as you let it dry, I don't recommend that. Moisture gets inside there and you plug it in, it'll shock you, and it's not a good thing. The other thing you want to do is, don't use anything that will scratch the surface. The non-stick is there so that things don't stick to it, which makes it easier to clean. If it starts getting scratched, those things can leach into your food, and that's not good for you, either. So, what you're going to do is, if you have some items on there that are just burnt on, I'm going to recommend just putting a nice hot wet cloth on there, and closing it up and letting it sit for a few minutes. That's going to loosen up the particles, and they're going to be easy to get off. If those aren't coming off and you need a little extra help, take a credit card or a scraper and just go over the spots. Now, this is a very soft scraper, it's not going to hurt anything. It's rubber, and you can go in and around the different places where you have some buildup. Again, the credit card will work just the same way. It's plastic, and it won't hurt anything. Then, what you can do is take some warm soapy water. This is a special sponge made for non-stick surfaces, so it won't scratch anything. You can go down inside it with the hot water. So, that's all there is to it. Just rinse it off with some hot water. If you want to, you can use some soapy water, but make sure you rinse it, dry it, and put it away. That's all there is to it. Happy cleaning!

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