How to Clean Gunk Off of a Pancake Griddle

Pancake griddles are great for cooking pancakes, French toast, grilled cheese sandwiches and a myriad of other foods. But stubborn grease and burnt food can get stuck on the pancake griddle and remain there, even after you've soak it. There are several ways to remove the food residue, including aggressive scraping, but this method could damage the coating on your griddle. Try a more gentle and equally effective approaches to cleaning a griddle.

Stack of pancakes with butter and syrup
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Step 1

Clean off all loose debris from the griddle as best as you can with a scrub brush and hot, soapy water.

Step 2

Sprinkle cream of tartar on the food residue.

Step 3

Spray the area with vinegar. Do not let the cream of tartar and vinegar solution sit for more than five minutes.

Step 4

Wipe off the food build-up with a sponge—once the vinegar is applied, you should be able to wipe the residue off immediately. Repeat Steps 2 through 4, if necessary.

Step 5

Submerge the grill in hot, soapy water and wash until clean. If there is still residue on your pancake griddle, repeat the entire process until it is clean.