Juicers have become very popular in recent years and the trend looks set to continue. With such great health benefits to take advantage of and greater flexibility in the kitchen, you stand to gain a lot by investing in a good juicer.
Once you’ve chosen a brand you like and started juicing regularly you’ll find it takes a bit of care from time to time if it’s to stay performing. Most budget scale juicers are more likely to clog up but even the more expensive models are not immune from standard maintenance.
If you want your juicer to last then you need to know how to properly clean and take care of it. Often the instruction manuals only take you so far, for best results it helps to do your own research and see what works for you.
How to clean your juicer
If you juice very often you may in time begin to notice a thick brown gunk building up the walls and base of the juicer. This is bits of food that has built up and started to decay.
This presents not only an unsightly problem, it’s also a health concern that if left unaddressed can poison your shakes. This brown gunk is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria and should be a priority in removing when cleaning your juicer. Here is what you can do to remove this gunk.
What you’ll need
- A soft brush
- A nail brush or toothbrush
- A mild dish soap
- Soft cloths
- A spatula
Steps to follow when cleaning your juicer
- Start by unplugging the juicer and disassembling it
- Remove any pulp from the container using your spatula
- Rinse out each piece with hot water
- Using your small brushes, begin to scrub out all the hard to reach places in each part of the juicer. Some juicers come with a cleaning brush that you can use this for.
- Fill up the sink with hot soapy water and soak each part of the juicer for a few minutes. Then apply your brush or cloths again scrubbing along the sides.
- Give special attention to the juice strainer. Any food that becomes stuck here will be very difficult to remove so don’t allow any to dry and build up in this part.
- Soak one of your cloths in hot soapy water and clean the outside of your juicer. Even the best juicers will get some juice overspill along the sides.
- Set out all the parts somewhere to dry. Resting them on a towel is best for this.
- Reassemble the juicer a plus it back in. you’re now all set to start juicing again.
Removing more stubborn residue
The above steps will work fine for regular cleaning but if you’ve let it go for a while you’ll need to apply more extreme methods. If you’ve allowed food to dry into your juicer try these steps to get it clean again.
What you’ll need
- Enzyme dish liquid
- Denture tablets
- White vinegar
- A bowel
- A spray bottle
Steps to remove stubborn residue
- Unplug and disassemble your juicer.
- Using the same methods mentioned above begin cleaning your juicer. The difference is to use the enzyme liquid instead of regular detergent. There are a number of brands available that can be found easily at any home depot store. This liquid works wonders for removing tough food that has built up.
- Once you’ve scrubbed down every part of your juicer set those parts that are still dirty in the sink or a bowel.
- Fill up the sink with water until all the parts are covered. Then add two denture tablets and let them fizz for as long as needed.
- If this still isn’t enough to remove the residue try mixing in a solution of equal parts milk and white vinegar.
- If you’re using a bowel to soak the juicer fill it up with the vinegar-milk mixture. If you don’t have enough of the mixture or you’re using your sink then add the solution to a spray bottle and apply it to the residue. The enzymes in the milk will help to break down the residue along with the acid in the vinegar.
- Soak the juicer components for as long as needed. You may have to repeat steps 5 and 6 until you see any progress. For the milk-vinegar mixture to work it needs to soak on the residue filled area. If using the spray bottle apply it several times and repeat.
- Another thing you could try is salt water. Warm up some water and add a teaspoon of salt for every quart of water. Make sure to stir the water thoroughly until the salt has fully dissolved.
- Soak the juicer parts in the salt water for as long as needed. Over time remove each part and scrub them thoroughly with your brush or cloth. Then repeat again until you see that the residue is dissolving.
Before choosing a juicer, make sure to read the description carefully so that you know the cleaning process it will need. If you don’t juice a lot then the trouble of having to clean it often will make you reconsider your choice of model. To summarize, know what you’re buying.
Make it a weekly or even bi-weekly task to clean your juicer thoroughly. When food is allowed to build it only gets worse the longer it goes without a clean. By performing a regular clean it will only take 5 short minutes each time.
If your juicer has any metal parts don’t allow them to soak for too long, otherwise, they could rust.
If you use your juicer several times a day save the cleaning for the last juicing. For those times in between soak the pieces in water or wrap them in plastic and store them in your refrigerator.
Hope this helped. While taking care of a juicer may take a bit of work it’s not so bad if you keep on it.