If you are using your juicer regularly, you may not know how to clean it correctly. Therefore, you would understandably have the concern that you are not cleaning it as well as you could. The last thing you would want to do is not keep it clean enough to make fresh juice. Therefore, you run the risk of getting sick if you don’t clean it the right way since bacteria can quickly breed in the juicer. That is because the uncleaned areas have bits of fruits or vegetables that decay and rot. When that happens, that invites bacteria that will begin swarming in the juicer. That is the last thing you want to happen.
You may also find that no matter how hard you scrub your juicer, there is a residue that you cannot remove stuck in the corners. You struggle to reach those far away spots, which is the biggest reason you worry that your juicer isn’t completely clean. Let’s now talk about the steps to take to clean your juicer correctly, including getting into the nooks and crannies of it.
Ensure You Have The Correct Apparatus To Clean The Juicer
If you are using a rag with warm water to clean the juicer, you are not cleaning it correctly as you do not have the correct supplies to clean it. That is also why you are struggling when it comes to using an unclean juicer. Let’s now go over the items you need to scrub your juicer, so there are no residue areas left in it. You will need:
- A spatula
- Some soft and clean cloths
- Dry salt or rice
- Mild dish detergent
- A toothbrush, nail brush, or a scrubber
- Baking soda
- A soft brush or a soft cloth
Once you have those supplies other than the obvious being water, then you will want to clean the juicer in a particular way. Let’s go over how to do that now.
Cleaning The Juicer Correctly
The first and foremost thing to do is to unplug your juicer before you begin cleaning it. That you likely knew already; however, a reminder does not hurt. The next step is to disassemble the juicer as much as possible, and if you are not sure how to do that, look at the instruction book. The instruction book will outline how you can take apart the juicer safely. If you cannot find the booklet, you will find the instructions online on the brand’s website. If that is the case, look for your model.
Once you disassemble the juicer, take the container or the bin that grabs the pulp and dump it into the garbage disposal if you have one. Or you can collect the debris from the pulp to use for composting. Take your spatula and scrape the rest of the pulp and residue after dumping it. Ensure that you rinse each piece of the juicer with running warm water.
After you wash the juicer pieces with water, take your toothbrush, nail brush, or scrubber and clean the juicer’s nooks and crannies that are hard to reach. If you are struggling to clean those difficult areas with the apparatus you have, there are small scrub brushes that you can find online that will work. You can also attempt to use salt or dry rice with some water.
If you use salt or dry ice to clean the juicer, pour some in and fill it with warm water. Then you will want to go and swish it around, which can remove the rest of the debris in those hard-to-reach areas. After you use one of those options, then you will also want to take a soft cloth, dampen it with water, and adds some baking soda to clean the inside of the juicer. That removes any missed debris.
You can even fill the sink with warm water and add mild dish detergent so you can put the container and pieces of the juicer into it if you want to ensure that every bit of debris disappears. However, ensure you do the previous steps before doing this part of the cleaning. All the pieces to soak for about five to ten minus.
Don’t Forget To Clean The Mesh Strainer And The Machine Itself
You worked on cleaning the container and other pieces of the juicer. However, do not neglect the mesh strainer. Juice debris and pulp builds on there quickly, and it is easy for it to decay on the mesh causing the breeding of bacteria. Prepare to use elbow grease for cleaning the mesh strainer, as it must become clean. Paying attention to small detail is essential when it comes to cleaning this juicer component.
When it comes to cleaning the rest of the machine, use a moistened soft cloth to wipe it down. The pulp and juice will end up on the device, which is why you do not want to neglect the rest of the machine. After washing the entire juicer, you will want to wait to reassemble the juicer after each component dries out. You do not want to assemble the juicer before the pieces dry, or else you will potentially deal with mold, which you do not wish to! Therefore, wait until each piece completely dries before assembling the juicer before you begin to use it again. After you use the juicer again, rinse and repeat when it comes to cleaning it (so to speak).
You enjoy using your juicer, and there are plenty of health benefits that come from juicing‘. However, the one thing that you may unintentionally do is make yourself sick by drinking juice made from a juicer that is not completely clean. Even if you have gotten lucky and did not get ill before, eventually, your luck will run out. That is because you are not likely cleaning it correctly. It is easy to miss the nooks and crannies and those hard-to-reach areas of the juicer. That is where the pulp and juice debris build and decay from not being cleaned. That allows bacteria to breed, which will eventually make you sick. Therefore, it is essential to know how to clean the juicer correctly, eliminating the risk!