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How to clean a juicer – 5 tips to make juicing clean and easy

Including advice for centrifugal and cold press juicers, here is how to clean a juicer

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Wondering how to clean a juicer? Not every juicer is the same, but there are some steps that every person should follow after making a fresh juice. 

Many turn to the best juicers to extract the nutrients and delicious flavor from fruits and vegetables, but one of the most common complaints is that juicers are difficult to clean. How do you clean a juicer? Well, while every juicer is different, we've got five tips for juice-lovers to make the process easier. 

1. Clean your juicer regularly

It is important to clean your juicer after each and every use. Both centrifugal and the best cold press juicers can get bits of pulp and skin stuck inside juicing chambers, and if these are not removed after every use it can result in bacterial and mold growth. 

After a long-term buildup of pulp, your juicer can even stop functioning completely, so knowing how to clean your juicer after every use is the best way of keep it functioning as it should. 

Of course, as long as you keep buildup at bay, it is not necessary to do a deep clean after every use. Here are our top tips for cleaning a juicer. 

2. Act fast when cleaning your juicer

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After every use, unplug your juicer and remove all key parts. You should act fast to clean your juicer after you've finished using it. Of course, enjoy your fresh drink beforehand, but then get set to work removing pulp and buildup before it dries. 

Many of the juicers we've tested come with brushes to remove fibers from the centrifugal disc, or the cold pressing mechanism. If you do not have a specific brush on-hand, a simple toothbrush will suffice. Giving these mechanisms a good scrub and then rinsing under running water should remove most of the buildup. 

3. Rinse everything

Some parts of your juicer will be suitable for dishwashing, but not all of them. Even the parts that can go through the dishwasher should be hand-rinsed first. Why? Well, unless you plan on switching on the dishwasher immediately after using the juicer, it will allow the residue to dry onto the mechanisms, which makes it far easier for them to be cleaned thoroughly. 

Simply rinsing these parts under running water should remove any major juice and pulp that's left, which means there is less work for your dishwasher to do. 

4. Don't forget about the base

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The base of your juicer cannot be submerged in water, but it still needs cleaning. This prevents any sticky residues from forming, and keeps the machine looking fresh and new.

To clean the base, take a damp (not wet) cloth and wipe it over the exterior and around the mechanisms that connect to the juicing attachments. If there are any water marks, you can scrub some baking soda in with a damp brush and them wipe completely dry. 

5. Soak to remove odor and discoloration

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Does your juicer have plastic parts? These can discolor easily, and take on odor from prolonged use. To tackle this, soak any water-safe plastic parts in a solution of either 10% lemon juice, 90% or water, or the same ratio of white vinegar to water. 

Soak these overnight to tackle deep-rooted odor and major discoloration. If you cannot leave overnight, just a few hours should suffice. 

When you're finished soaking, dry with a microfiber cloth until these parts are dry to touch. 

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Millie Fender
Millie Fender

Millie has been with the Homes and Gardens team since early 2021, bringing with her a love of cooking appliances and al fresco entertaining. She writes about stand mixers, blenders, and other small appliances, and loves putting barbecues and pizza ovens to the test. Millie thinks that the kitchen is the most important room in any home, but then, she is very biased.