Mixers are a staple in any kitchen, and they can take a beating. If you’re not careful, bits of dough and batter can end up all over the mixer, and it’s not always easy to get in between the crevices to clean them. In this article, we’ll show you how to clean a stand mixer quickly and easily.
Unplug your appliance
The first step to cleaning any appliance is to unplug it from the mains. This is especially important when it comes to cleaning your stand mixer, as there are electrical components that can be easily damaged if wet. Once your mixer is unplugged, take a moment to assess the situation. What needs to be cleaned and where?
Hand-wash the attachments
Not only is it important to clean the bowl and the beater bars of your stand mixer, but you should also give the attachments a good scrubbing. If your stand mixer has got lots of different attachments, hand-wash them in hot and soapy water. Be sure to scrub all the edges, including the insides of whisks where leftover mixture collects. Then, either leave your attachments to fully air dry or hand dry them before storing them away.
Clean the mixing bowl
When it's time to clean your mixer, the first order of business is to clean the bowl. As soon as you have finished using your stand mixer, place its bowl into some hot, soapy water. This will stop any food or batter from sticking to it and make it much easier to clean. If you have a steel mixing bowl, apply some stainless-steel cleaner to stop any water lines from forming and make it look like new again.
Wipe down your mixer base
It's inevitable that, sooner or later, your stand mixer will end up with some food splatters on it. Even after you've cleaned it all off, those splatters can be stubborn and hard to get rid of. But don't worry, we've got you covered. After you've finished using your mixer, wipe down the stand with a damp microfibre cloth. Pay extra care to the knobs and levers and to the motor head. If you've discovered some stubborn stains, add some baking soda and water to your cloth. The baking soda will break down the food particles and help them come off easily.
Wipe the inside attachment hub
One of the most important things to remember when cleaning your stand mixer is to clean the attachment hub. This is the part where the attachments connect to the machine. If food collects there, it will be harder to clean. Try to do this every time you use your machine, so food doesn’t collect there. Remember: this element will be harder to wipe clean the longer you leave it.
Don’t forget the motor head
Many people forget to clean the motor head on their stand mixer. This is a mistake, as the grime and dirt can build up over time and lead to decreased performance. The good news is that it's pretty easy to clean. Most of the best stand mixers will let you unscrew the hub plate which you screw your attachments onto. This Hub Plate is where all the gunk can accumulate, so give it a good scrub with a damp microfibre cloth. If you have any tough stains, you can use baking soda on it, or a toothpick or toothbrush for tight spots. Once everything is clean, reattach the hub plate and screw it in place, then put your mixer back together.
Cleaning the ventilation shaft
The ventilation shaft is located on the back of your mixer head and it should be cleaned regularly to maintain optimal performance. Unfortunately, dust and crumbs can easily settle there, so it's important to take a few minutes every few weeks to wipe it down. You can also use a toothpick or small handheld vacuum to keep it dust and crumb-free.
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After each use, it’s important to clean your stand mixer to protect against bacteria and dirt buildup. By following these simple steps, your mixer will be clean and ready to use for your next baking adventure!
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