How to Clean an Electric Griddle (4 Easy Steps)

Timothy Woods
Published by Timothy Woods
Last Updated On: March 21, 2024

Electric griddles have become mandatory equipment in almost every kitchen.

This is not surprising because it is easy to use, doesn't require too much space, and can prepare different food.

Cleaning an electric griddle is not difficult, but you should do it properly by following these easy steps.

Quick Summary

  • Cleaning an electric griddle involves removing food particles while still warm, cleaning with a sponge, soap, and hot water, and wiping to remove grease.
  • Proper cleaning is essential for health and functionality as dirt and debris can cause health problems.
  • According to a 2022 article from the journal Processes, the domestic setting is where foodborne outbreaks most commonly occur (N = 97; 39.1% of strong-evidence outbreaks) [1].
  • Vinegar or baking soda can be used for stubborn stains.

4 Best Ways to Clean Electric Griddles

Cleaning an electric griddle

There are many different types, models, sizes, and brands of electric griddles, but the way you can clean them is similar to most of them.

I will explain to you the most straightforward method, step by step.

1. Take out the food particles from the griddle

Before you start cleaning, turn off and unplug your electric griddle and let it cool down for several minutes – it should be cold enough to hold it but still warm.

Use a paper towel to wipe the surface and remove things like oils, liquids, crumbs, and other dirt from the griddle by rubbing it lightly.

2. Clean electric griddles with a sponge, soap, and hot water

Cleaning electric griddles with a sponge, soap, and hot water

Prepare hot water, pour it carefully on the flat cooking surface and apply baking soda or

vinegar on top. First, scrub the griddle gently with a sponge to clean burnt and stuck food debris. Use the sponge to dry out the griddle, rinse and wash it, and if needed, pour more hot water.

Repeat the process two-tree times. In this phase, be very careful because water must not come into contact with electric parts in the kitchen at any time.

If there are more leftovers or hardened grease hard to remove, the best will be to gently add vinegar and let it sit for a few hours.

If this doesn't work, use tools like a spatula to scrape it off. Do it carefully so as not to damage your electric griddle's non-stick coating. Then clean it again with soapy water.

For this step, griddles should be pretty warm to help the grease soften up. Make sure to wear heat-resistant gloves to avoid injuries.

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3. Wipe the griddle to remove grease

Once you’ve removed all debris, rinse the surface. Take a clean sponge or cloth, soak it in cold, clean water and wipe the top of the griddle.

Repeat this a few times to wash all the baking soda from the entire griddle.

4. Leave griddles to cool down

In the end, let the griddle dry. Use a towel to go over the griddle and remove moisture and grease.

Leave your electric griddle in the kitchen to cool down, and make sure they are completely dry before putting them back into the box.

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Why Cleaning Your Electric Griddle is Important

Cleaning the electric griddle properly is an essential part of using it. Various dirt and food debris cover the griddle surface and can cause problems to your health and the functionality of the device.

For example, unclean equipment could be a source of contamination.

Always keep safety in mind when performing the cleaning. A 2016 study in the American Journal of Medicine detailed the diagnosis and management of two cases of grill-cleaning wire brush bristle ingestion, emphasizing the importance of a fe grill cleaning [2].

Additionally, unclean devices, especially those with grease stains, could be fire hazards [3].

“The objective of cleaning is not just to clean, but to feel happiness living within that environment.”

- Marie Kondo, Tidying Expert, Author, TV Show Host

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What Do You Need to Clean an Electric Griddle?

Two hands wiping an electric griddle

You can clean your electric griddle with different substances and expensive products. But, I will give you a low-cost method, just using what you already have.

Also, this is probably the healthiest method, without any steel wool or hard chemicals, which are bad for your health.

Things you'll have to collect for cleaning are paper towels, dry cloth, and non-abrasive sponges.

Get also dish soap, baking soda, and cold and warm water. On top of it, you may also need other tools like heat-resistant gloves and a new spatula.

Don't use a metal spatula; get the plastic, rubber, or wooden one, not to damage the griddle's surface, especially if it is non-stick.


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Timothy Woods
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Timothy is a professional chef and the main man behind Carnivore Style. He’s an advocate of the carnivore diet, an athlete, and a pure health enthusiast. Timothy believes that a good steak is a great conversation starter, and his love for food eventually brought him to start Carnivore Style, a website designed for meat lovers and all things meat-related.
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