Imagine a fresh apple juice or a strawberry juice under the scorching sun of a hot summer day! Just the thought of it gives us cooling effects. Purchasing a juicer may be one of the greatest investments you would have done in your kitchen. Although you could use store-bought juices, they could be filled with artificial colors and flavors that will affect your family’s good health and would not give you the expected results. Nothing could beat a homemade fresh juice. They will give you and your family tremendous benefits, including providing you macronutrients, boosting your mood and energy levels, and sometimes may help you lose weight.
Juicing would play a vital part in a healthy diet and improve your overall good health.
The juice you make by a juicer is concentrated, and by a little amount, you can get a large number of nutrients. The types of juicers vary from citrus juicers, centrifugal juicers, and cold press juicers. But having fresh juice every day is not just enough. The overall performance of your juicer depends on how well you maintain the juicer and it’s components.
Actually, the best way to clean and maintain your juicer is to clean it right after you make a fresh juice out of it.
Why you have to clean your juicer
There are some fruits and vegetables that leave stains than others, like apples and grapes. And if you leave your juicer uncleaned with the small particles of fruits and vegetables and pulp, it will be a great breeding ground for germs, molds, and bacteria. Then, although the primary intension of juicing is to have fresh and pure homemade juice, you would have to drink contaminated juice from an uncleaned, dirty juicer, which may sometimes make you ill. Plus, the gathering of food particles in the juicer can make motor jam and discoloration of the material. So, it is very important to pay your attention on how to clean and maintain a juicer. You will be provided detailed step by step instructions on how to clean a juicer, in this article.
How to clean a juicer
Gather the necessities
- Soap, preferably a mild one
- Old toothbrush or nailbrush
- Damp cloths
Turn off the appliance and unplug it completely
You are going to work with water. So, it is very important to turn off the juicer and unplug it completely from the socket. Trying to clean the appliance while it is plugged in is very dangerous. It could lead to fires, electric shocks, and injuries. Always remember to double-check that if you have unplugged it because it is essential.
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Disassemble the removable parts
There may be some parts of your juicer that are removable. It mainly depends on the type of your juicer. You can read the user manual to get information. Then you can detach the removable parts. The reason for separating the parts is that when you clean the appliance as a whole one unit, you can’t access all the nooks and corners where pulp could have been built up.
First, you can clean the pulp container and remove the pulp. The pulp could be great for your compost bin or just throw it away. If you use a spatula, this process becomes much easier.
Then you can clean the space where the pulp container was attached and remove any remaining pulp. You can use a small spoon or spatula to scoop out the food debris.
Be careful to hold the filter basket right when you take it out; otherwise, you can cut your fingers with the sharp blades.
Wash all the components
For washing, you can use mild dish soap and warm water. Or you can use of mixture of vinegar. Fill out the kitchen sink with warm soapy water and soak all the parts. 15-30 minutes would be enough, and it would be advantageous if there are any tough residues that hard to remove.
You have to be gentle with the sensitive components as you don’t want to cause any scratching due to the rough cleaning process.
The best way is cleaning using a damp cloth. But don’t forget to wash each component thoroughly; otherwise, your juice would taste like soap. And don’t forget to double-check the mesh strainer because there may some food debris stuck there.
There may be some manufacturers who provide special juicer brush. But if not, don’t worry. A toothbrush or a nail brush would be an excellent choice for reaching out to the corners of your component.
Plus, you can wash the components using the dishwasher too. If you clean the appliance using warm water and soap as a routine, you probably don’t need to load them to the dishwasher. But it will make easy cleaning a juicer.
But there may be some parts of the juicer that are not safe cleaning using the dishwasher, so be careful about that too.
Clean the remaining parts and the motor base
It’s time to move on to the motor base and the other no detachable parts of your juicer. When cleaning these parts, you can use a damp cloth or paper tissue to wipe out the debris. You may never rinse these parts with running water, because it may damage the motor base. If you are using a wet sponge to clean it, always remember that the motor base can’t be too wet. The best way is to clean it using a damp cloth gently.
Reassemble the juicer
After cleaning, you have to let all the components to dry. The best way is to let them air dry on the kitchen counter. You can put a towel or cloth on the counter and let them dry.
When you are sure all the parts are dry, then you can carefully reassemble the unit. You can always refer to the user manual when needed.
The best way to clean and maintain your juicer is to clean them right after you use it. From that way, you can prevent any unnecessary built-ups inside the cleaner. Plus, you don’t need to put much effort into cleaning, if you do it as a part of your routine.
The above-described methods are suitable for most juicers, including citrus juicers, centrifugal juicers, and cold press juicers. We hope these tips would be helpful to you in the kitchen and for your overall health.