How to Clean Griddle

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Cleaning a griddle is important to maintain its functionality and prevent the buildup of grease and food residue, which can affect the taste of your food and create a potential fire hazard. Here’s how to clean a griddle effectively.

Materials You’ll Need:

  • Scraper or spatula
  • Grill brush or scrubbing pad
  • Cleaning solution (options listed below)
  • Paper towels or clean cloth
  • Warm water
  • Dish soap
  • A bucket or container

Steps of How to Clean Griddle

Cool Down: After you finish cooking on the griddle, turn off the heat source and allow the griddle to cool down. It should be warm to the touch but not hot.

Scrape Off Debris: Use a scraper or spatula to remove any large food particles, excess grease, or burnt-on residue. Scrape gently to avoid damaging the griddle’s surface.

Prepare a Cleaning Solution:

  • Water and Soap: Fill a bucket or container with warm water and add a few drops of dish soap. This is a mild solution suitable for most griddles.
  • Vinegar and Water: If your griddle has stubborn grease buildup, you can mix equal parts of water and white vinegar to create a more potent cleaning solution.

Apply Cleaning Solution: Dip a grill brush or scrubbing pad into the cleaning solution and use it to scrub the griddle’s surface. Make sure to scrub in the direction of any grain or texture on the griddle. If you’re using a vinegar and water solution, be cautious, as vinegar can affect the seasoning on some griddles.

Rinse and Wipe: Use a clean, damp cloth or paper towels to wipe away the cleaning solution and any remaining residue. Rinse thoroughly to ensure there’s no soap or vinegar left on the griddle.

Dry the Griddle: Use a dry cloth or paper towels to dry the griddle completely. This step helps prevent rusting.

Re-season (if necessary): If you have a cast iron griddle and the cleaning process has removed some of the seasoning, you may need to re-season it. Apply a thin layer of cooking oil or shortening to the griddle’s surface and heat it for a short period. This will help maintain the non-stick surface.

Store Properly: Once your griddle is clean and dry, store it in a dry place to prevent rust.


  • Regular cleaning is easier than dealing with stubborn buildup. It’s a good practice to clean your griddle after each use.
  • If you have a chrome or stainless steel griddle, avoid using abrasive materials, as they can scratch the surface.
  • Consult your griddle’s manufacturer’s instructions for specific cleaning recommendations, as care and cleaning methods may vary.


By following these steps, you can keep your griddle in good condition and ensure it continues to provide you with delicious meals.


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