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Video:How to Clean and Maintain a Juicer

with Debbie Anderson

A vegetable juicer is a wonderful appliance to have, but if not cleaned properly, juicers can become a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. Learn how to clean and maintain your juicer.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Clean and Maintain a Juicer

Hi! I'm Debbie Anderson for About.com Home. A juicer is a wonderful appliance to have in the home for making all sorts of healthy beverages, but if it's not cleaned properly, a juicer can become a breeding ground for germs and bacteria.

So today I'm going to show you how to clean and maintain your juicer so that your favorite drinks remain healthy!

Supplies Needed to Clean a Juicer

To clean your juicer, you will need:
  • a garbage can
  • a plastic spoon
  • a clean dry towel
  • a scouring sponge
  • liquid dishwashing detergent
  • a nylon cleaning brush
  • a small pipe cleaning brush

Unplug the Juicer

As soon as you finish making your fruit or vegetable juice, turn the juicer off and unplug the electrical cord from the wall.

Disassemble the Juicer

Begin disassembling the juicer by removing the pulp container from the machine and empty all of the contents in a nearby garbage can.

Next, slide the locking arm down over the juice cover and lift the juicer cover from the machine. Using a plastic spoon, carefully scrape out and throw away any left over pulp that is stuck to the underside of the juice cover.

Carefully lift the filter bowl surrounding the stainless steel filter basket from the motor base. To remove the stainless steel filter basket from the filter bowl, turn the filter bowl upside down and allow the filter basket to drop out. When removing the filter basket, be sure to hold it by the mesh edges to avoid cutting yourself on the sharp blades in the bottom of the filter basket.

Wash and Soak the Juicer

Once the juicer is disassembled, run each section of the juicer under warm water to remove any large or excessive pulp. Fill a large sink with hot soapy water, and allow the parts to soak in the water.

Wipe Down the Juicer

Using a clean scouring sponge, carefully wipe down each part. For parts with small hard to reach areas, such as the pour spout opening on the juice cover, use a small pipe cleaning brush to clean out the opening. This will prevent long-term buildup that can attract bacteria from forming inside the opening.

Cleaning Stainless Steel

When cleaning the stainless steel filter basket, a good nylon cleaning brush tends to work better on the blades than a scouring sponge. Vigorously brush the blades and filtration edges of the basket until the basket is clean.

If you have problems cleaning the mesh holes of the filter basket, soak the basket in a mixture of 1 part lemon juice to 9 parts before washing. This will help break up the caked on pulp in mesh holes.

Dry the Juicer

As each part is cleaned, rinse the parts under hot water and place each part on a clean dry towel until all of the parts are washed. Allow the juicer parts to dry.

Clean the Motor Base

Using a damp scouring sponge, carefully wipe down the motor base.

Finally, after double-checking that all of the parts are dry, reassemble the juicer parts and store the juicer in a dry, clean area until its next use.

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