8 Best Ways to Clean a Sandwich Maker or Grill
Do you know when you have less than 10 minutes to eat a meal and you are starving? It is during these hours that we want to kiss the inventor of the sandwiches and grills, which allow us to make sandwiches very quickly.
These appliances are actually very practical in a kitchen, they can be used to prepare grilled meats and vegetables as well as sandwiches – and they are the salvation of many young people who do not know how to make other dishes.
Practicality, however, ends with the sandwich: when it comes time to clean the appliance, the task can be quite difficult depending on the type of food that was placed in the sandwich maker.
Fat from cheese or meat and leftovers from burnt bread are usually stuck to the plates and give the most work to be removed. If you suffer from this problem, check out the tips that we separate to make cleaning the sandwich maker or grill easier.
Important: Before you start, always check that the appliance manual recommends a cleaning procedure and never try to clean your appliance while it is still warm or plugged in.
1. Quick cleaning
Have you used the sandwich maker for a little while and it’s not that dirty, just with a few bread crumbs? So just wipe with a soft cloth to remove this residue and absorb fat stains.
Remember: This method is useful for doing a quick cleaning, when you are going to use the sandwich maker again. If you are storing the appliance, do a thorough cleaning to avoid the proliferation of microorganisms.
2. Warm water and detergent
To sanitize your sandwich maker, first unplug it and wait for it to cool. Then soak a soft cloth or sponge in a mixture of warm water and neutral detergent in a container and use it to scrub the sheet until all residue is removed. Add more detergent to the water as needed.
Avoid soaking the cloth to avoid damaging the electrical components of the sandwich maker. It is important to always choose a sponge or soft cloth to avoid scratching the nonstick.
3. Use a toothpick
If you are having difficulty removing some residue that has become too stuck to the plates, the tip is to line a toothpick with a soft cloth and use it to scrape the piece together until it is removed.
Never use knives and forks or other very hard and sharp object for this, as you may damage the nonstick.
4. Old toothbrush
If you can not clean the edges of the sandwich maker with the sponge, a tip is to use an old toothbrush to gently scrub these regions.
5. Hint of olive oil
Do you know that old trick of heating some oil in the pan to make it easier to clean? It also works with the sandwich maker or grill. To do this, drip a few drops of the oil directly into the most stubborn waste and let the appliance heat up a bit.
When the residue is more soft, turn off the sandwich maker and wait until the entire set cools down. Then remove any residue with a soft cloth or sponge.
6. Kitchen degreaser
If your sandwich maker or grill is full of meat or cheese fat, a good tip is to do a first cleaning with a cloth or paper towels, to remove the thicker dirt, and then drip a few drops of a degreaser.
Using a soft sponge, make continuous movements to remove all the grease from the plates. At the end, wipe with a cloth moistened with water to completely remove the degreaser, or you may end up contaminating your food.
7. The unbeatable white vinegar
Put some pure white vinegar in a spray bottle. Remove the sandwich maker or grill from the outlet and, while still hot, sprinkle vinegar on the plates. Then, place a cloth moistened with water and leave the sandwich maker closed for about 15 minutes.
When the debris is soft, use the same cloth to clean the appliance.
8. When the plates are removable
If the plates of your grill are removable, check the equipment manual if they can be dishwasher-safe. If they can not (or if you do not have this equipment), do the manual cleaning.
To do this, wait for the plates to cool, soak them in the sink with warm water and add a few drops of neutral detergent. Wait until all debris has softened, rinse and wipe with a soft cloth to remove all traces of food.
It’s hard to reinforce: before cleaning your sandwich maker or grill, always unplug the appliance from the wall outlet and make sure it is cool enough to keep it from burning.