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How to clean a sandwich maker

Updated April 17, 2017

Sandwich makers are a very popular item in many households, and just like other cookware, they need to be cleaned. Cleaning can be fairly easy, and with a few steps, can be done fairly quickly.

Open the sandwich maker. With a spatula, scrape off any stuck-on food on the top and bottom griddles, wiping away loose bits of food and excess grease with paper towels.

Plug in the sandwich maker for a couple of minutes or until moderately hot, then unplug. This will make things easier for the next step.

Grab a wet sponge and give the griddles a good scrub. The heat and water from the wet sponge creates a steam which will loosen stubborn food particles and grease. If the sponge gets too hot, use a pair of tongs or oven mitts to manoeuvre. Sandwich makers usually have a "non-stick" coating that keeps food from sticking onto the griddles and makes for easier cleanup.

With wet paper towels, wipe the griddles clean of water.

Let the sandwich maker air-dry for a few minutes, and close.

Things You'll Need

  • Spatula
  • Sponge
  • Paper towels
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James Idakula earned a B.A. in English from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been contributing online content since 2008. His work appears on various websites, specializing in style, home and money.