How to Clean a Juicer

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Juicing has come a long way in recent decades. While you can still squeeze citrus fruits the old-fashioned way — with your hands — the only way to extract juice from firmer fruits and vegetables like carrots, apples, and kale is with a juicer.

There are three basic types of modern juicers:

How to Clean a Juicer

No matter which type of juicer you choose, cleaning is essential. Without regular cleaning, small bits of pulp can get trapped in the components and begin to decay, leading to bacterial and mold growth. Luckily, many of the components of a juicer are dishwasher-safe for easy clean-up, and using just a few pantry items can keep your juicer clean and healthy.

How Often to Clean a Juicer

Every type of juicer should be cleaned after every use. The tiny bits of pulp can quickly harden making them much more difficult to remove later. Prompt cleaning will also prevent the decay of food particles. Make a five-minute clean-up part of your daily juicing routine. Though even with daily cleaning, make sure to give the juicer a deeper cleaning weekly.

Warning

Always take the time to read the manufacturer's guidelines on how to clean your particular juicer model to prevent damage to components. While most juicers have dishwasher-safe parts, if hand-washing is recommended by the manufacturer, using the dishwasher for cleaning can void the warranty. If you have tossed or misplaced the user guide, you can usually find it online.

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Weekly Deep Cleaning

Once a week, or if you have allowed food particles to harden on the components, do a deeper cleaning.