How to Clean Juicer – 8 Easy Steps Guideline 2021
A good juicer is an indispensable kitchen gadget to make delicious, fresh, and nutritious fruits and vegetable juices for your family. When using frequently during the hot summer day, you inevitably need to clean the juicer more often. Even with a juicer with a large capacity, it can be a nightmare to do it if proper tools, methods, tips, and tricks are not available. Not everyone know how to clean a juicer properly.
In this article, we will show what kind of tools are required, how to clean juicer step by step – depending on the type of juicers, as well as some tips to make the cleaning results more enjoyable.
How to Clean Juicer: Tools Required before Cleaning
In order to clean the juicer easily and quickly, some tools are required as below:
- Plastic or metal spoon
- Dry towel, preferably made from soft materials
- Soft sponge for plastic part cleaning
- Stainless steel sponge for metal part cleaning
- General dish-soap and special stain removal agent for specific step (to be explained below)
- Small brush to clean small parts or difficult-to-reached areas
How to Clean Juicer: Juicer Parts and their Functions
To disassemble the centrifugal juicer properly, it is important to understand its parts, how they are connected and what their function is. Below is a quick rundown on the anatomy of a centrifugal juicer.
1. Feed Chute and Pusher
Main ingredients are feed into the feed chute, which size can vary between the type of juicers (centrifugal juicer normally has larger size) and models. Some models may even have a hopper where you can cut and fill in smaller pieces of fruit and vegetable before slowly add them into the feed. All juicers have a pusher that fits the chute size, to allow you to push the fruit pieces inside manually when they got stuck.
2. Metal Mesh
Fruits and vegetables are squeezed by a different mechanism (centrifugal or masticating forces) before being pressed against a fine mesh metal screen. This screen is normally made from high-quality stainless steel, to ensure it is durable and is not affected by the high pressure generated or the acidic environment during the juicing process.
For a centrifugal juicer, the bottom of the mesh contains small sharp teeth (or blades), to help cut the food during the spinning process and extract a maximum amount of juices. For masticating juicer, the metal mesh is just a normal screen outside of the auger screw. Due to the mesh construction with fine holes, it is normally the most difficult part to be cleaned.
For the detailed comparison between centrifugal and masticating juicers, follow our article on the proven method to choose between different type of juicers.
3. Rotating screw (only for masticating juicer)
Commonly refer to as an auger screw, this molded plastic part slowly rotates and crushes fruits and vegetables in the masticating action. It can be designed as horizontal or vertical screws, and in triturating juicers, there are even 2 augers screw fitting into each other.
4. Motor and plastic housing
Whether it is a slow speed (40-100 RPM in a masticating juicer) or high speed (up to 10,000 RPM in a centrifugal juicer), a powerful motor is the source of these actions. It is normally housed inside a plastic housing to ensure it cannot come into contact with water during the cleaning process.
5. Juice spouts
After juicing, the juice will flow out of the juicer through the spout, either into a waiting glass or a juice container. This container, which is only available for some models, help to contain a different kind of juices and allow them to be mixed before pouring. Some juicers provide a plastic cap to put over the spout, to stop drips after the container is removed
6. Pulp basket
If the juice container holds the tasty juices after it is fully squeezed out then the pulp basket is the equivalent of it for the dry residue. They are normally covered and fit nicely into the juicer to avoid minimal spilling on the tabletop.
How to Clean Juicer: Step by Step Guideline
Step 1: Turn off the main power switch of the juicer
For safety reasons, it is important to properly disconnect all the main power sources to the juicer before cleaning them. Hence, you should turn off the device immediately after using it, then unplug the power cable from the wall outlet before proceeding with the next step.
Step 2: Disassemble the juicer
First, remove the pulp basket out of the juicer and empty its content into the trash. Be careful when handling the basket to ensure residue and remaining water do not spill out in your kitchen. If needed, you can use a small plastic spoon to scrape the pulp out of the hard-to-reach area.
Next, depending on models and juicer types, you should remove the feeding chute and plastic cap, before taking the metal screen out from the motor body.
Step 3: Soak the juicer parts in warm water
Once the machine parts are completely disassembled, you can quickly rinse each and use the small brush to clean any small residue. Then, you prepare a mixture of hot water and cleaning detergent and soak the parts of the machine in it. Similar to how a washing machine work, by soaking the part in the cleaning detergent mixture, it is much easier to clean the juicer part afterward.
Step 4: Proceed to clean the feeder chute, juice spout, and containers of the machine
After soaking with detergent, you can use a sponge to scrub the plastic parts of the machine. For places that are too small to be reached, such as the juice spout, use a pointed tool such as a pen or pencil and gently push a cleaning cloth inside.
Step 5: Wash the metal screen
When cleaning the metal screen, try to use a stainless steel sponge to scrub against the mesh. Be careful when handle metal mesh with many sharp blades or teeth, otherwise your hand can be cut. If the metal mesh is too dirty after many uses, you can use the method described in the this video.
In the video, it is instructed to soak the screen in a stain removal solution (such as OxyClean) for 24 hours before proceeding with the cleaning.
Step 6: Rinse and dry the machine parts
After you have finished cleaning all the juicer parts, rinse them again with warm water (do not use hot water, as it may damage plastic feed chute and containers) and dry them with a towel or let them air dry under the sun.
Step 7: Wipe the motor housing
Use a soft, damp cloth to wipe the outside of the motor housing while avoiding water from getting inside the electrical part.
Step 8: Assembling and storing
Finally, after all the juicer parts have been cleaned and dry, you can assemble them back in reverse order. Then, you can store them in a cool and dry place, such as your kitchen cabinet, for future usage.
How to Clean Juicer: Useful Tips and Tricks
Below are 6 tips to make it easier to clean juicer machine
- The juice and dry pulp, when fresh, can be clean quite easily just by running water. However, they can be very difficult to remove if they are allowed to dried up and formed a stain streak. Therefore, it is advisable to clean the juicer immediately after you have finished using it.
- Some parts can be cleaned with high-power detergent or stain removal (like the metal screen), while others cannot (such as plastic parts).
- To ensure juicer durability and electrical safety, never try to soak or clean the housing with water as it covers and protects the inner motor.
- If you must use the juicer frequently during the day (such as in a juice bar or small restaurant), you do not need to clean every part thoroughly after use. However, it is still recommended to use water and rinse the machine after each use to reduce the amount of juice and pulp so they can be clean easier at the end of the days.
- To remove the pulp out of the basket quickly and avoid spilling them on the kitchen floor, use a plastic bag to cover the pulp basket before use. With this arrangement, you only need to open the cover and remove the plastic bag to empty the basket.
- Some masticating juicers have a self-cleaning function. Just put water inside and proceed to rotate the auger screw and it will clean the internal part for you. If saving cleaning time is important, perhaps it is better to consider a slow-masticating juicer for your kitchen.
In this article, we show how to clean juicer most effectively. Between the various type of juicers and models, the cleaning procedures and difficulty can be quite different. For example, we show how a masticating juicer and centrifugal juicer can be different in their internal parts and subsequent cleaning process.Therefore, it is important to consider how to clean juicer before making a purchase.