When you’ve just finished making fresh juice, the last thing you want to do is clean up. We get it. But we also don’t want you to let this task slide. Poorly cleaned equipment can lead to the accumulation of dangerous bacteria and mold, which can lead to machine damage and illness.
To help make cleaning as easy as possible, we’ve created this handy guide that details what parts of your juicer need cleaning, how to clean them and some general maintenance tips for keeping your machine running like new for years to come.
Why You Need To Clean Your Juicer Frequently?
A juicer is a gadget that you use to extract juice from vegetables and fruits. You can make juice for any reason, for example, for health or for fun. It is important to clean the juicer after each use. How often should you clean a juicer? The frequency of cleaning depends on how often you use the juicer. If the juicer is used daily, it needs to be cleaned daily; and if it is used weekly, it needs to be cleaned weekly.
These are the reasons why you need to clean your juicer frequently:
1) Prevent contamination
Contamination can happen if someone else uses the juicer or when there is old food in it. Food contamination can be caused by viruses, parasites and bacteria such as listeria, salmonella and E-coli. Contamination can cause food poisoning which can result in mild stomach ache, diarrhea and nausea. In extreme cases, it leads to death after causing kidney failure. To avoid contamination and food poisoning, clean the juicer every time you use it.
2) Keep your equipment safe
If you don’t clean the juicer regularly, you may end up damaging it because of food deposits accumulating in the mesh filter or pulp catcher. These deposits can prevent the equipment from working properly. This will also cause low or no juice quality. To avoid this, make sure that you clean the juicer as often as needed.
3) Reduce your food expenses
If you have a family, money is not just about how much you have but also about what you spend it on. Keeping the cost down is better if you do not have to create a budget for food. One way to reduce your food expenses is by using a juicer. If you use a juicer as part of your family’s meal, you will save money because this means that you don’t need to go out and buy food. In addition, you will have more healthy food choices. A good thing about using the juicer is that it not only reduces the cost of food but also the time spent preparing it.
4) Improve your family’s health
Juicing is healthy for the whole family especially if you provide enough vegetables. Vegetables are rich in vitamins and minerals. These vitamins and minerals can help boost your immune system, reduce the risk of disease and keep the body well-nourished. In addition, juice is full of antioxidants which fight free radicals in the body; hence, preventing diseases such as cancer.
Cleaning a juicer is easy. Cleaning the juicer is done frequently and depends on the frequency that you use it. Cleaning the juicer is important to prevent contamination.
If you don’t clean a juicer regularly, food deposits may accumulate in the mesh filter or pulp catcher. These deposits can prevent the equipment from working properly which will also cause low or no juice quality. To avoid this, make sure that you clean the juicer as often as needed.
How Often Should You Clean A Juicer?
You should clean your juicer after every use to prevent mold and bacterial growth. If you don’t have time to clean it right away, disassemble the juicer and store the parts in a sealed container with a solution of water and dish soap until you’re able to wash them. And make sure you’re regularly cleaning all of the parts of your juicer.
In addition to cleaning your juicer after every use, you should also deep-clean it once a week by running warm water through it for 30 seconds or by using a toothbrush to scrub around the pulp spouts. It’s also important that you clean the mesh filter with warm water every few months, so it doesn’t get clogged up with fruit and vegetable pulp.
8 Steps For Cleaning a Juicer
1. Allow the juicer to cool before cleaning.
Before you begin to clean your juicer machine, you must wait for it to cool. The dangers of cleaning a hot juicer are many: burns from scalding water, or from attempting to wash the machine with your bare hands; exposure to bacteria that may form on contact with a damp (but still hot) surface; and finally, the risk of damaging the machine itself by attempting to use tools while it is too hot.
If you attempt to clean your juicer while it is still warm, you may expose yourself and others in your household to germs that could cause food poisoning. This can occur if portions of the juicer remain moist after being washed, as bacteria like Salmonella and E. coli thrive in such conditions. If proper care isn’t taken during cleanup, these organisms can then be transferred from one batch of juice onto another—and quickly multiply over time in their new environment.
2. Clean the juicer screen, if necessary.
Most modern juicers have a detachable screen with tiny holes in it. If you’ve been juicing, say, carrots, you’ll notice the juice is bright orange, but when you open up your juicer and look at the machine’s internals, the screen will be covered in greenish-brown pulp. To clean this off, use a brush or sponge to get any big chunks off first—you can do this over your sink. Then fill a bowl with hot water and let it soak for about 5 minutes. Use a toothbrush if any of the pulp residue is tough to remove.
If you prefer not to use hot water alone as a cleaning solution (sometimes gritty pulp gets stuck in crevices), mix 1/4 cup white vinegar into your bowl of hot water and soak for 10 minutes before scrubbing away with a brush or toothbrush until all traces are gone.
3. Remove all parts that are detachable.
Remove all the parts that are detachable. Remove any small parts, such as a filter or locking mechanism. Wash these with warm water and dish soap in the sink, then pat dry with a towel. If you have an attached receptacle for juice, remove it from the base of the machine and also clean it in the sink with warm water and dish soap. Once these smaller items are dry, return them to their proper places on your machine or set them aside for now until you’re ready to put everything back together.
Wash larger parts in the sink. Next, you want to rinse out any pulp stuck inside your machine’s blade compartment or other internal mechanisms (most juicers come with an internal brush meant specifically for this purpose). Also wash any large pieces of plastic and metal that make up your juicer in hot soapy water. Be sure to clean off any leftover pulp stuck at the base of your machine where your smaller removable parts were previously attached; this is often a place where juice can easily get stuck after each use and rot over time if left uncleaned. Pat dry with a towel once they’re free from pulp residue before replacing them on top of your juicer body or setting them aside until later on when everything else has been washed properly too!
4. If you have citrus fruit residue on your juicer, use water and a cloth to clean it off.
If you have citrus fruit residue on your juicer, use water and a cloth to clean it off. Citrus fruit residue can be difficult to remove, so if you’ve been putting off cleaning it, now is the time to deal with it. Warm water and a cloth should do the trick; if that doesn’t work, try warm water with a bit of mild dish detergent. Stay away from abrasive cleaners or scouring pads—you don’t want to scratch up the surface of your juicer! Likewise, avoid bleach, ammonia or anything else harsh.
5. Clean the juicer blade.
After you have cleaned the inside of the juicer, clean the blade. If it’s removable, take it out and clean it separately with warm water and a cloth. If not, use a brush to get all around the blade to remove any build-up. Once you are done cleaning, dry completely with a paper towel or cloth before placing back in the juicer. If you’re cleaning a removable blade, put it back into the juicer only after it is completely dry to avoid mold growth.
6. Rinse all juicer parts with warm water before putting them back together.
Do not put a part away until it has been cleaned and dried completely. Make sure to use warm water so that any leftover juice is easily rinsed away, and use the soft-bristled brush to wash away the stubborn pulp. Remember to get into all the nooks and crannies where juice can hide, especially on the lid, blade, basket and spout (if your juicer has one). Rinse in warm water until there is no longer any soap residue left behind.
If you have a dishwasher, you can use it to clean some or most of your parts instead of hand washing them. If you do this, make sure to place all parts on the top rack only and do not let any of them touch during the dry cycle; this will prevent marks from appearing on their surface.
7. Sanitize removable juicer parts.
To sanitize removable parts of a juicer, soak them in warm water with white vinegar for 5 minutes.
Rinse the solution off and pat dry with a clean towel or paper towels. If you’d rather not use vinegar, prepare a solution of 1 teaspoon (4.9 mL) of bleach diluted in 1 quart (0.95 L) of cool water and let the removable parts soak in that for several minutes. Rinse the bleach solution from the parts and then dry them with a clean towel or paper towels before reassembling your juicer.
If your juicer’s manufacturer says it is safe to put your machine’s removable pieces in a dishwasher, follow their directions for doing so if you prefer this method over manual cleaning.
It is important to clean your juicer once you are done using it, as bacteria and molds can grow on the juicer if not cleaned properly. This can contaminate future batches of juice and ultimately lead to spoilage. If the juicer is not kept clean, this will affect the quality of the juice that is extracted from it.
You should also maintain the quality of your juicer by cleaning it before storing it for a long time; otherwise, rust may develop on its parts which cannot be removed.