You can count the number of modern kitchens that do not have an electric griddle in today’s world. This is probably due to the convenience that this appliance offers. It is lightweight and portable, which gives you a range of options on the locations you could use.
The griddle is also versatile on the different foods that you can use it to prepare.
When you realize that you are dealing with an electric appliance, you may think that it is not very easy to handle. For instance, many individuals coil when they are told to clean their electric griddle.
However, cleaning this appliance should not trouble anyone. On top of that, there are various methods that you could use for this process.
Our article aims to teach you how to clean your non-stick electric griddle by explaining the different cleaning methodologies in detail.
Methods of Cleaning a Nonstick Electric Griddle
As we stated earlier, there are various ways of going about cleaning your electric skillet. We have discussed them below in detail to give you a better understanding of the process.
Here we go!
1. Use of a Sponge and Soapy Water
This is the most basic method, and it is the simplest way of keeping your electric griddle clean. The items that you need to make the cleaning a success include:
- Hot Water
- A sponge
- Paper Towels
- Dishwashing Liquid
- Clean pieces of clothing
With these items in place, let us now see how to go about cleaning the appliance.
The Cleaning Process
Your safety comes first. That is why we insist that you ensure the griddle is disconnected from the power source and is cool to touch before you embark on the cleaning.
Then, use a paper towel to wipe off any oily substances from the griddle’s surface. Light rubbing is enough to do the job.
From there, pour some hot water on the skillet before adding the dishwashing liquid. Now, take the sponge and rub the griddle surface to clean off any food particles stuck there.
You should now dry the griddle and clean the sponge after the above process.
Pour another round of hot water on to the griddle before adding some dishwashing liquid. Once again, use the clean sponge to clean the surface to remove any food particles that you may have left behind.
If you are sure that all the particles have been entirely removed, you should now rinse the gridle to remove the drops of dishwashing liquid that may have remained on the griddle.
It is at this point that your skillet should be looking spanking new.
Before plugging the griddle back in, you should ensure that it is completely dry. A dry cloth or paper towel would help you achieve this dryness.
Let us now go to a more advanced cleaning method.
2. The Spatula Method
This method is ideal for cleaning your griddle of hardened grease. The materials needed for this cleaning method include:
- A metal spatula
- Warm soap solution
- A clean piece of cloth
- A pair of gloves (for the heat)
Once you have assembled all the cleaning equipment, you can now proceed to the cleaning part.
The Cleaning Process
Start by turning the griddle on low heat to allow the grease to heat up slowly. Wait for the grease to become hot as this is when it will start loosening up.
Then, get the spatula and use it scrape off the grease as gently as possible. Ensure that the heat-resistant gloves are on since the griddle can easily cause you serious harm.
For your own safety, maintain a safe distance from the griddle as you use the spatula for scrapping.
If you are sure that all the grease has been removed, switch off the griddle and unplug it from the socket to let it cool.
It is possible that not all the grease would have been removed in the first round of cleaning. Therefore, to remove any remnants of the hard grease, pour some warm soap solution into the griddle and let it stay there for about half an hour.
Now use a sponge to clean off the hard grease. After that, a clean cloth would be handy in removing any watermarks on the griddle.
Finally, soak a clean cloth in cold water and use it to remove any air marks from the griddle.
Repeat the steps until your griddle becomes spotlessly clean.
3. Use of Vinegar and Baking Soda
The final method in our article is also a creative one that should help in restoring your electric griddle into the brand new state that it was before use.
The materials for the process include:
- White Vinegar
- Soap solution
- Baking Soda
- A sponge
With these items in place, we can now see how to clean the skillet.
The Cleaning Process
Start by unplugging the unit from the socket and then allow it to cool down for safety of touching. If your griddle design features a removable griddle surface, remove the griddle plate so that you can have an easy cleaning.
Proceed to soak the griddle plate in warm soapy water for approximately 15 minutes and then use a sponge for cleaning the surface. Apply some pressure if you encounter stubborn particles.
For the electrical griddles without a removable plate, immerse the sponge in a solution of white vinegar and water and then wring it in totality.
To remove a stubborn grease patch, apply a paste that is made out of baking soda and warm water. Then, take a paper towel or sponge and use it to wipe off the baking soda and the grease element form the grill.
Clean the sponge from the vinegar and baking soda and then use it (the sponge) again to wipe off any vinegar or baking soda that may be remaining on the griddle.
Ensure that the appliance is completely dry before plugging it back it. We do not have to explain why this is necessary.
With that, we hope you can see how easy it is to clean your electric grill. We advise that you embark on the cleaning right after cooking, as some stubborn elements such as grease would still be loose.
Always take all the necessary safety precautions that would ensure you do not harm yourself in any way as you clean the kitchen item.
If everything is clear to you at this point, there is nothing that should stop you from keeping your electric skillet in top form always.