Stand Mixers are bound to get a little dirty and messy every time you use them, a smidge of flour there, a spot of chocolate here and you would end up with a dirty looking stand mixer every time after use.
Since stand mixers are often used every day, it is important to clean them properly for both hygienic and cleanliness reasons. If you don’t have one yet or you’re looking for an upgrade then ShiningKitchen’s best stand mixer recommendations for 2017 is probably the best resource on that.
Guess what? The process of cleaning them is even simpler than using them. Here is a little note on how to clean them up.
Ingredients and Equipment needed:
- Baking Soda
- Dish Soap
- Scrub brush
- Cotton cloth
- Toothpick/Pipe Cleaner
Step 1: Shut down the appliance
Before you start any cleaning procedure, you need to first unplug the stand mixer and make sure that it remains shut down during the whole process.
Step 2: Clean the attachments
Now, disassemble the stand mixer parts and clean all the attachments such as beaters, whiskers, etc. separately using your hand. Use a dish soap to clean them properly and then rinse them free of all the soap and keep them aside. Make sure that you dry your attachments before using them again or storing them.
Step 3: Clean the bowl
Once you have cleaned all the attachments and accessories of the stand mixer, it is time to clean the mixer bowl. You can use a hot, soapy water to do so or use a dishwasher. If your bowl shows signs of any stains then you can also use a stainless steel cleaner to remove the water spots and other stains.
Step 4: Wipe down the spills
Make sure that you wipe your stand mixer every time after use. A lot of food particles and mixtures tend to spill down on the surface and cleaning them up immediately after it helps in keeping the mixer more clean. If you clean it regularly and wipe away all kinds of stains, spills from its surface, you won’t need to clean it as rigorously in every few weeks.
Step 5: Use baking soda for cleaning
If there is grub or dirt which is not coming out easily, then you can use a small scrub or a toothbrush and baking soda to clean that corner. A lot of leftovers and spills tend to harden over time and are tougher to clean, for these purposes baking soda comes into play.
Step 6: Clean the nooks and crevices
Make sure you clean every corner and crack of your stand mixer. Clean between the head and the arm, underneath the levers, inside the motor, beater shafts, etc. You need to unscrew your stand mixer and clean all the areas which are hidden due to the attachment hub and the mixer arms. Make sure you don’t leave a single nook or cranny uncleaned. Grim and dirt tends to get accumulated in the smallest of the corners and if not properly attended can cause your mixer to malfunction.
Step 7: Clean the underside of the appliance
Once you have cleaned all the parts and cracks of your stand mixer, you need to lay it down side-ways and clean the underneath of the stand mixer. You can use a brush or a mild cleaner to clean it free of all dust and dirt.
Step 8: Wipe the appliance dry
Once you have properly cleaned the appliance with dish soap and water, you need to use a cloth towel to properly dry it up. Make sure not a drop of water remains because it might cause electrocution when you turn on the mixer. So wipe it completely dry.
Now your stand mixer is all cleaned and ready to use. So plug in the appliance and get cooking again!