Two plates with cheese waffle sandwiches, avocado and latte

The Easiest Way to Clean Your Waffle Iron

This is an unusual post as it is not a recipe. Well, it has a recipe but you absolutely can not eat what you make. Even though it is “technically” edible, I wouldn’t try it.

Intrigued? Disappointed? Excited, because your waffle iron needs cleaning and that is why you clicked on this post?

Whichever it is, this method is easy, cheap, and efficient; requires no chemicals or tedious cleaning of each square.

One of my most popular recipes – both online and offline – is my Low Carb Waffle sandwich. It is memorably delicious and addictive. If you’ve never tried it, I highly recommend it.

Direct view of a stack of 3 waffle sandwiches

However, since it’s a cheese waffle, it leaves an oily residue in the waffle iron which builds up over time. But even if you only make traditional, sweet waffles, you still might have bits and pieces stuck in there.

“Recipe” (Don’t eat it!)

I present to you a revolutionary method – a waffle iron WAFFLE cleaner.

A waffle, made with flour and water, cooked according to the settings of your waffle iron.

Without eggs and/or butter, this waffle comes out very dry. This is what we need for it to absorb all those old crumbs and spills left inside your waffle iron. But when you first mix it, it’s still liquid enough to easily pour in.

My waffle iron makes one 6 1/2 inch diameter waffle at a time.

I preheat my waffle iron according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Then, I mix 1 cup all-purpose flour + 1 1/4 cup water.

When the waffle iron is hot, I pour it in, close the lid, and cook until it beeps “ready”. Just as I would any other waffle.

When finished, I remove it with two forks (again, like a regular waffle).

Lastly, I let it cool on a plate or a board before throwing it away. I clean the rest of the appliance with a hot, wet paper towel.


Now, wasn’t that easy? It makes me so happy to have discovered this way. Truthfully, I’ve been thinking about it for a long time. But, since I couldn’t find anything similar, I was a little nervous to just try it. Then, one day, I saw one of those “cooking fails” pictures on Instagram (way back when I used it). It was a dry-looking waffle with a caption that said “what happens when you forget the eggs”. A light came on in my head and I tried it the very next day. As soon as I did, I knew I had to share it here!

If you are on a market for a new waffle iron, I own and love my Breville No-Mess Classic Round Waffle Maker. It was a Christmas present from my husband a few years ago and it provided us with so many delicious breakfasts. And sometimes dinners. 🙂

P.s. Please know, that you may need to adjust the amounts of flour and water for your waffle iron. Also, this is the only waffle iron I used it on – apply accordingly and to the best of your judgment!

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