How to Clean a Juicer

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Rachel asked: How do I clean that brown gunk out of my juicer? I have a juicer that I use five days a week. Although I use it daily, it builds up this brown coating on it, especially in the corners. This brown stuff comes off if I scrub really hard, but I can’t actually reach all of the corners to scrub them well. I was wondering if there was a better way to clean that out? I am pretty sure it comes mainly from carrots, but…

When gunk begins to build up on the walls of the juicer, it means that there are bits of food and juice that are starting to rot and decay. This presents not only an unsightly build up, but also a health concern as well as it is a prime place for bacteria to grow. Removing the build up regularly should be part of the cleaning routine. Here are some ways to take the pain out of getting the nooks and crannies of the juicer clean.

You Will Need:

  • Water
  • Soft brush
  • Nail brush or toothbrush
  • Mild dish soap
  • Soft cloths
  • Spatula

Steps to Clean the Juicer:

  1. Begin by unplugging the juicer.
  2. Disassemble the juicer completely.
  3. Dump the bin or container that catches the pulp and scrape it out with a spatula.
  4. Rinse each piece under running water.
  5. Use the small brushes to clean the small areas, there are small brushes available such as nail brushes that can be used to clean the nooks and crannies.
  6. For more thorough cleanings, fill the sink with water and add dish soap.
  7. Soak each piece for a few minutes and then wash with a brush or soft cloth.
  8. Pay special attention to the mesh strainer as this can quickly build up with pulp and juice debris. Do not allow the juice particles to dry in this fine screen or they will be difficult to remove.
  9. Use a soft cloth or sponge moistened with water to wipe down the machine itself. Although the juice is designed to go through a certain route in the juicer, juice and pulp will end up everywhere.
  10. Allow all of the pieces to dry completely. It is fine to set them on a towel or drying rack.
  11. Reassemble the juicer.
  12. You’re set for the next juicing session.

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.
  • 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.

Comments

  1. Rachel says:

    This wasn’t really helpful to me, as this is what I do daily. My problem is more of a stain that doesn’t come out, I believe it is from juicing carrots.

  2. Susan says:

    There are a couple of different ways to tackle carrot stains in particular.

    1. Moisten a paper towel or soft cloth with vegetable oil (any type of oil will work). Then, gently rub the stains away. Paper towels work nicely because they can be folded and twisted to fit into tight areas.

    2. Mix one part bleach with one part water. Place the stained area in the solution and allow it to soak for at least an hour, several hours is even better. Wash thoroughly before use. If the area is on the base or other part that cannot be submersed, simply moisten a paper towel with the mixture and lay it on top of the stain.

  3. Rachel says:

    Oil didn’t do much, just made a mess, but the bleach worked. Thank you. :)

  4. Angela says:

    We use our juicer every day. After juicing, I rinse it immediately and then wash it within the hour, but it still has a gross build-up of brown stuff. Especially on the blade basket. I’ve tried soaking it in heavily concentrated bleach water for hours, but it doesn’t help.

    Scratching it off with a knife works, but this is time consuming and I also can’t get into all the crevices.

    Is there some other cleaning aid I can soak it in that will lift the dirt?

  5. M. says:

    To get rid of carrot stains, etc., the best cleaning agents that have worked for me so far are baking soda, lemon juice, and/or vinegar. A paper towel and small dish brush both work really well in aiding to get off build-up. HTH! :)

  6. Scott says:

    I agree with Rachel. The response to the original topic/question/inquiry did not address the issue. Hundreds of thousands of people using juicers and we’re the only ones experiencing this? I would agree that it might have something to do with carrots, maybe something acidic (?) that leaves a milky-white film on parts. Like all of you, I too wash and clean immediately after use, but cannot imagine using any chemical (i.e., bleach) to assist in removing that film. I also wouldn’t recommend any abrasive tools like metal, which could scratch surfaces and make cleaning even more of a challenge. Lemon juice might neutralize the stain, but I just scrub mine vigorously as best I can and accept the milky-white film. Looks pretty ugly, but I use my juicer all the time so I don’t worry much about any bacteria buildup.

  7. Dana says:

    I used the bathroom cleaner, Scrubbing Bubbles, and the stains just wiped away. Works like a charm! ( :

  8. Tim in VA says:

    I too, know of this stubborn juicing film. One of the best crud cutters I’ve used is a combination of heat, ammonia, and baking soda. I dump all the juicer parts into hot water for a couple of minutes, then use a thin paste of ammonia and baking soda along with a fine-bristle brush to take the film off. A rag with a heavier paste is sometimes necessary for finishing the job to my anal-retentive standards. This is my weekend routine. For the rest of the week, hot water and a brush do the job sufficiently. Interestingly, stainless steel parts still have a carrot-orange tint to them, but they are cleaned to a nearly mirror-like finish, so I know I’m not seeing build-up. Carrot juice is powerful stuff! If you use an abrasive to clean plastic, even a mild one like baking soda, it will become fogged. High-grade automotive rubbing compound and cotton cloth can be used to buff this away, if it matters to you. I no longer care about hazy plastic as long as it’s clean.

  9. Andrew says:

    I just used vinegar and bi-carbonated soda to get that white, milky, fogged stain off my juicer. How easy, I’m so happy! Just put vinegar on a cloth, then sprinkled bi-carbonated soda on the cloth and wiped. Its gone!

  10. Martine says:

    Thanks for the tip Andrew! Vinegar and baking soda did the trick without scrubbing. A quick rinse and dry, and my Breville is as good as new!

  11. Sherry says:

    Can anyone tell me how to take the blade basket out? Mine is not coming out and the instructions say that it will. I need to clean it and can’t figure this out. Thanks.

  12. Sharon says:

    Same issue as Sherry has; the blade basket won’t lift out as the instructions say it should. I own a Dr. Tech MM-600 and have tried prying to no avail. I don’t know how safe it is, but I gave up, took a dish hose and sprayed it clean; turning it upside down to dry. This isn’t the way, but it was the best I could do. If this doesn’t work, it’s a short walk to the trash can, but darn it – this juicer wasn’t cheap. Any advice?

  13. Mike says:

    I have used white vinegar to clean the parts and it works well for all except the housing that holds the spout. This part has a cloudy film that can be wiped away so that the plastic looks clear but then returns in seconds. This condition is similar to the plastic lens covers on the headlights of my 1997 car. Cleaning products bought in auto stores for this purpose do not remove this patina and my mechanic tells me it is because the materials in the plastic have undergone chemical change and the resulting condition is permanent.

  14. Stephen says:

    I soaked the blade basket assembly in a solution of caustic soda for about eight hours (1 liter water to about 15 grams of caustic soda granules).
    The basket previously had a brownish haze and almost all the holes were blocked.
    After eight hours in the caustic soda, I rinsed it, then scrubbed it and brushed it with a fine brush, washed and and it looks shiny new. 99% of the blade basket filter screen holes are now clear – shiny clean again.
    Prior to this treatment, less than 10% of the holes were clear and this was accumulated hardened plant matter built up over time – all cleaned away.

  15. Bett says:

    Hi there! What is caustic soda and where can I get it from? Thanks so much for your help.

  16. Melanie says:

    Bett,
    Caustic soda, also known as lye, is a common name for sodium hydroxide. It is available online or possibly in some stores.
    Source: Wikipedia – Sodium hydroxide

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