We have been using our juicer for over six years and worked out a couple of valuable techniques to clean the juicer fast and efficiently. If you follow our easy cleaning process, you can extend your juicer’s life and thus save quite a bit of money.
Do You Have to Clean a Juicer After Every Use
YES! You should clean a juicer after every use if you want it to last for a long time. Also, you should clean the juicer as soon as possible. We try to clean our juicer within half an hour after juicing. If we are in a hurry and cleaning the juicer is not an option, we at least try to open the juicer, scrape out the pulp, and immerse it in water. After we come home, we clean it as usual.
6 Easy Steps to Clean a Juicer Fast and Efficiently
- Disassemble the juicer and scrape out the pulp.
- Clean all large parts of the juicer (the cup, pulp container, lid, etc.) using a large brush under warm water. You will be covering a larger area at once, which will speed up the cleaning process.
- Clean the juicer screen using a small brush with short and stiff bristles under warm water. We found that this kind of brush cleans the juicer screen much faster than other brushes.
- Clean the bowl with spouts with a large brush. Then brush the insides of the spouts with a small brush with short and stiff bristles.
- For nooks and crannies, you can use a smaller brush. We like to use a brush that came with the juicer. It has a special plastic ending, which helps to get rid of remaining pulp.
- Pay close attention to any silicone parts. If possible, remove them and wash them under warm water. Let them dry separately to avoid mold.
🤓 TIP: Silicone is prone to growing mold in a damp environment.
If you find small black spots, you might be able to get rid of them. But if mold grows for a long time, it might be impossible to clean. For this reason, if possible, we advise removing all silicone parts and let them dry separately.
What’s the best brush to clean my juicer?
You might think that any brush will clean a juicer, but from our experience, especially when it comes to cleaning the juicer screen, the right brush will save you a lot of time. For cleaning our juicer, we use three types of brushes.
Juicer Screen & Spouts
To clean the screen and spouts, we use a narrow brush with very short and stiff bristles. This kind of brush cleans the juicer screen much faster than other brushes we tried. Here is a similar brush on Amazon.
When it comes to the larger parts of the juicer, we like to use a bigger brush. It covers a large area at once, speeding up the cleaning process. Here is a similar brush on Amazon.
Nooks & Crannies
To remove the pulp from narrow areas, brush the sprocket wheels, etc., we like to use both sides of the original juicer brush. Just a side note, from the three brushes we use, this one is the least important. Here is a double pack of the same brush on Amazon.
How Do You Clean a Juicer Buildup
The cleaning method mentioned above should keep your juicer clean for a long time, but even then, some residue will start to form. When the buildup is substantial, it is a good idea to deep clean your juicer. I found two effective ways, each working on a different type of buildup.
🤓 TIP: When the juicer is wet, some dirty spots might not be visible. Because of that, it is good to check the results after the container is dry.
Thin / Soft Buildup
If you have a thinner/softer layer of juice residue, try using baking soda, a brush with stiff bristles, and warm water. The key is baking soda, which is an abrasive that helps to scrape off the buildup. I usually sprinkle the baking soda on the buildup area, add some water, and scrape. If you have sensitive hands, consider using gloves.
As you can see, the results are not perfect, but there is definitely a big difference. I am sure that if I spent a bit more time brushing, both juicer cups would be even cleaner.
🤓 TIP: You could presoak the cup, but I wouldn’t spend time on that. As you can see, I have cleaned two cups. One without presoaking; the second one (much cleaner from the beginning) presoaked for 20 min. (10 min. in baking soda and water mix, and another 10 min. with added vinegar), but I haven’t noticed much difference in the cleaning process.
Thick / Hard Buildup
This method is perfect for thick, hard buildup. I got my hands on a juicer bowl with spouts, which had substantial, thick, hard buildup. In this case, brushing with baking soda had minimal results. Because of that, I tried something different, and it worked great! I used the back of an original juicer brush (basically, it’s a plastic scraper, so I am sure you can use anything similar to that). I have dampened the buildup, started scraping, and it came right off!
The results speak for themselves. I was amazed at how easy it was to clean! You can use the same method on the juicer screen.
Instead of the plastic scraper, you could also use steel wool. It should clean the buildup much faster, but the downside is that it can leave micro-scratches on plastic surfaces. For us, a quick cleanup is definitely worth it.
Quick & thorough cleaning can save you quite a bit of money.
This particular juicer was purchased later than ours, but the bowl with spouts broke two times and had to be replaced (our juicer bowl is working without a problem to this day). In my opinion, the bowl broke due to the buildup. It might have clogged the juicer, which elevated the pressure in the bowl and broke it.
Our Healthy and Tasty Juice Recipe
Since we are talking about juicers, we would love to share with you our beloved healthy and tasty juice recipe made out of 11 ingredients! The ingredients list might look a bit odd, but give it a try. We crave that taste.
1 Carrot peeled
1 Beet peeled
2 Handfuls of Baby Spinach
1/4 Cucumber if not organic, then peeled
2 Celery Ribs
1 Orange peeled
1 Lemon peeled
1 Apple if not organic, then peeled
A Small Piece of Ginger peeled
1 Kiwi peeled
You can download this recipe to stick to your fridge. That way, you can quickly check if you have everything you need to make your healthy juice 🙂.