How to Clean your Juicer
Now that you’ve invested a lot of money for the best juicer for your juicing needs, you certainly want to extend its life.
What can be the right way of taking care of your juice extractor other than ensuring it stays clean? Whether you’ve got a cold press juicer or a centrifugal type, it’s essential to make sure it stays clean.
Some juicers provide self-cleaning systems and are therefore easier to clean than others. Nonetheless, all machines certainly need at least a bit of attention.
When gunk has begun building on the juicer’s walls, it means there are bits of juice and food that might begin rotting, thus offering an area for bacteria to flourish.
Frequent cleaning of the accumulated particles needs to be part of the routine when cleaning up your juicer.
A dirty juice extractor may harbor bacteria, germs and other dangerous substances that might affect you and your family.
In short, the importance of cleaning up your juicer cannot be over emphasized.
It can be hard cleaning some juicer parts so it’s also essential that you have the right cleaning equipment.
This will ensure cleaning up the juice extractor won’t be time-consuming and will otherwise be easy.
The right equipment is also good for safety reasons, since cleaning some parts of the juicer such as the sharp blades could result to injuries if not well handled.
Always keep in mind to unplug the machine before starting to clean up.
Cleaning tools you require for frequent cleanup include:
- Drying towel or rack where you will set all parts for drying them out entirely.
- A big plastic spoon or spatula to get rid of pulp and other residues.
- A tough toothbrush or nylon brush with rigid bristles is great for cleaning up the juicer’s filter basket.
- A sponge or soft cloth
So, let’s begin at the very start and take a look at the best way of cleaning up the juicer.
General process of cleaning a juicer
To start with, you should do a thorough rinsing to clear the juicer’s parts of any leftover pulp.
The parts will still require more cleaning up; however, this first rinse will help remove loose pulp and help in keeping your cleanup area less cluttered.
After that, it is important that you do some hand scrubbing in the pulp outlet and on the screen.
These sections are the most likely to have pulp clogging. If it is not dealt with effectively, then it will dry and cause problems afterward in the machine life.
After finishing scrubbing, you’ve got two choices. If you do not have a dishwasher or have juicing parts that are not recommended for dishwasher usage, you should scrub manually all the remaining components.
If your juicer parts are dishwasher safe and you want to save time, you can put the parts in the washer for a short cycle.
Once either of the two options is done, dry the juicer’s parts and put it back together.
Cleaning up a vertical juicer
Now that you have an idea of the general process of cleaning up a juicing machine, let’s take a look at a useful trick for making the work simpler in a vertical juice extractor.
You can begin by closing the juice cap after you release all the juice from the machine. After that, take 500ml of warm water and pour it down the juicer’s hopper into the juice chamber.
Speedily turn the machine on and leave it to soak for roughly one minute. After that, get an empty can and pour the water out of the juice extractor.
The water will bring out lots of pulp with it, which normally makes the process of cleaning easy.
Regardless of what machine you purchase, nearly all high-end brands have some kind of clean up brush. But manufacturers offer different designs, so the quality of the offered clean up tools always varies.
The standard scrubbing brush is the most popular brush you will find. It isn’t appealing but it is handy, and it usually does the best work of removing the pulp from the juicing screen. It will need some effort to get the best outcome though.
A short wire brush is another kind of cleanup tool, which is starting to get more popular. This brush works as a superb tool to reach tough areas, particularly the deeper areas of a vertical juicer’s pulp outlet.
These brushes are quite standard, and actually a spare toothbrush can do the same work.
The rotating brush will work very easily and it’s made to fit cozily around the exterior part of the screen.
Then using a firm grip of the screen and the handle of your brush, a couple of twists are enough to get rid of most of the remaining pulp.
By now, you should be an expert on juicing brushes. But properly looking after the juicer does not only involve cleaning up after juicing.
In the long run, minerals for ingredients can build up and create a layer of scale on the most important parts of the juicer.
The amount of time it takes for this to occur can be increased with the best cleanup.
The more comprehensive your regular juicer clean up the longer it will take for that layer of scale to accumulate to levels that require descaling.
However, the best descaling should inevitably be performed at some point in the lifetime of your juicer. This will sustain effective performance of your juicer and increase its life.
- When purchasing a juice extractor, choose the brand that’s a breeze to clean and handle.
- If you only use the juice extractor a couple of times daily, it will just require clean up after the last juicing session. For the time in between, you should use a plastic wrap and put the pieces in the fridge or soak them in water.
- Read the manual before you place any component of the juice extractor in the dishwasher.
- When using a juice extractor many times daily, soak the parts in a water bowl under refrigeration after each use. After that, clean it thoroughly after the last session of juicing.
- You should clean up the juicer immediately after juicing. It only needs to take two to five minutes. It will make a big difference since fresh juice and pulp is much simpler to wash than when it dries up.
- You should pour a jug of water through the machine after you’re done juicing. This will help in getting rid of pulp and leftover juice and make cleaning much easier.
- Don’t soak the juicer’s main body for cleaning up as it has the motor, which runs the machine.
Some usual blunders while cleaning up a juicer include:
- Not cleaning up the juicer carefully.
- Do not use a pusher, a knife or other sharp objects.
- Using the oven to dry parts.
- Overfilling the juicer.
- Cleaning with boiling water.
- Using bleach or strong dish washing soaps that leave a strong soapy aftertaste.
The best way of keeping the juice extractor clean is by washing it as soon as you’re done juicing.
By adhering to the above tips, you can keep the juicer free of germs and enjoy healthy, fresh juices whenever you want and also extend the life of your juicer.