How to Care for Your Juicer
The most important aspect of caring for your juicer will be keeping it clean. Whether you have a centrifugal juicer or a cold pressed juicer, it is extremely important to keep it clean. Some juicers offer ‘self-cleaning’ systems and are easier to clean than others, however all juicers require at least a little attention.
If you have been using and cleaning your juicer every day, but still notice discoloration in hard to reach areas or, even worse, ‘gunk’, then you are not cleaning it as well as you should. When gunk builds up, it can provide a place for bacteria to grow. This is generally considered unhealthy.
Regular Juicer Cleaning
You Will Need:
- Soft brush
- Nail brush or toothbrush
- Mild dish soap
- Soft cloths
Steps on How to Do a Normal Cleaning of Your Juicer
- l Make sure that your juicer is unplugged to avoid short-circuiting.
- l Make sure that your juicer is completely disassembled. This will make sure that you are able to access all its parts as opposed to when trying to wash it with all its part intact.
- l Remove the container or simply the bin that collects the pulp.
- Look for a sharp material and scrap the bin. A spatula, for example, would be an ideal tool for this purpose.
- l Make sure that, after you are done with washing, clean water is made to run over all the parts. This will allow proper rinsing and hence any material that might have been left attached will be removed.
- l To take care of some of the smallest areas such as the nooks and crannies, make use of some very small but effective brushes. A nail brush is one of the tools that can be considered for this purpose.
- l If you want to do a more thorough job, it is advisable that you use a lot of clean water in a sink. In this case, enough soap should be added to the sink and you can then dip the parts of your juicer for a few minutes in the water.
- l After some minutes, use a brush to wash the pieces, taking your time particularly on the strainer which is usually made up of mesh. This is a delicate area and no particle should be allowed to dry on this delicate screen as it might prove difficult to get rid of them later.
- l Make sure that all the parts have dried completely before you can assemble back your juicer. To help in this, you can always place them on a rack or you can place them on a towel.
- l After they are fully dry, you can now put your juicer together.
How do you get rid of the tougher residue?
If you stay for a long time before washing your juicer, you will realize that the brown coating on the sides and corners of your juicer has become more tough, hence very hard to remove. How do you go about such a situation?
- l As in regular cleaning, the first thing that you do is to make sure that your juicer is unplugged.
- l Disassemble it and use the steps described in the normal cleaning section.The only thing that you need to note here is that the washing liquid that you usually use should be replaced with a washing liquid that contains Laundress or just the Dawn Ultra enzymes. These enzymes work by breaking up the food products that may have attached themselves on your juicer.
- l After you have done enough cleaning, the parts of the residue still having remains on them should be placed in a bowl containing water.
- l Add some few tablets, commonly referred to as denture tablets and allow the tablets to fizz for some time as might be required.
- l If the remains are still noticeable at this point, you should add a mixture of milk and some white vinegar. You can usually use one of the two components although using both components is more effective. These components contain enzymes that function by breaking up the juice remains and fruit particles.
- l Allow for enough soaking time until it becomes easy to scrub away the now loose residue.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Juicers that are used regularly can quickly become tiresome to clean. This is why so many juicers end up stashed in the cupboard with the other appliances. When purchasing a juicer, look at the cleaning methods and consider how much time will be involved before committing to that particular model.
- Prompt cleaning makes a world of difference. Fresh juice and pulp will easily wash away with warm water. However, juice and pulp that is allowed to dry will become “glued” to the walls and be much more difficult to remove. Most juicers only take 2-5 minutes to clean properly, so plan it into your morning schedule.
- If there are any metal parts on your juicer that need to be soaked, don’t let them soak for too long or they could rust.
- If you forget to clean the juicer and gunk is allowed to build up, one site user recommends using a fine grade of sand to scour the gunk out of the small holes in the juicer. For slightly larger areas, dry rice could also work.
- Soaking the residue in alcohol, such as vodka, can also work to soften or remove it.
- Check the care instructions before placing any parts into the dishwasher. While some removable parts can tolerate it just fine, others cannot handle mechanical washing methods. If the model requires hand washing, it will void the warranty if the parts are placed in the dishwasher.
- If you use your juicer several times a day, it will only need to be cleaned after the last juicing. For the time in between, soak the pieces in water or wrap them in plastic wrap and place them in the refrigerator.
- Do not place the base of the juicer in the water.
- If you are unable to fully clean any part of your juicer, you may be able to order a replacement part for it from the company.
Washing and taking care of your citrus juicer should not be a hard task, you should make it a habit to regularly clean your juicer and following the right procedure while doing so.