How to Properly Clean an Electric Mixer

Electric mixers are a staple in kitchens all over the world. They are regularly used to create homemade bread, cakes, mashed potatoes and a slew of other yummy dishes and treats. Despite their popular use, too many electric mixer owners don’t know how to properly clean this small appliance. Food particles that collect and dry within the crevices of the mixer can interfere with the function of the appliance. Thankfully, this article will show you just how to clean your mixer. Keep in mind, however, that a piece of large mixing equipment – such as ribbon blenders – will require a completely different way of cleaning and you should consult with the owner’s manual on their cleaning recommendation.

Steps to Clean an Electric Mixer

• Remove all attachments – such as kneading paddles and mixing blades – and wash them in warm soapy water. Rinse the attachments clean and let dry.
• Take the mixing bowl off the mixer and either hand wash it or run it through the dishwasher.
• Unplug the mixer. Use a clean cloth dampened in soapy water to wipe the body of the mixer clean. Refrain from allowing the soapy water get into the motor of the mixer.
• Carefully turn the mixer over and, with the damp soapy cloth or sponge, wash underneath the base of the mixer. Don’t forget to scrub the area below the mixing arm, as well as the ports where the attachments go.
• Wash around any and all buttons on the electric mixer. If necessary, use a dampened cotton swab to get into cracks and crevices to remove trapped food, dirt and debris.

Tips, Warnings and Considerations

• Before you begin cleaning the mixer, make sure it is unplugged. In fact, you should always unplug the mixer after each use and keep it unplugged until you are ready to use it. This is especially true if you have young children who can become tempted by the mixer.
• Never submerge electric mixers in water. The exception is for attachments and bowls, which can be safely submerged in water or ran through the dish washer. Submerging an electric mixer into water will damage the motor, which renders the mixer useless.
• If necessary, use a toothbrush to clean hard-to-reach areas on the mixer or its attachments.
• Avoid using harsh or abrasive cleaners to clean the mixer. Instead, use gentle dish soap and a soft cloth, sponger or brush.

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