Simple Juicer Maintenance Tips Every Juice Lover Should Know

March 10, 2014

Juicing is not just a trend. It has also become a way of life for many people, especially those who value their health so much that, they actually invest in a juicer. Purchasing this kitchen appliance means that you need to maintain it and maximize its effectiveness and usage. However, it is very common for people to buy something and not really worry about its maintenance. This means that there are many health buffs all over the world who simply use their juicer and get shocked after realizing it’s no longer functioning well, or is broken.

Here are some very simple tips in making sure your juicer is well maintained, as well as some tips in the use of your equipment that can make juicing more efficient.

1. Read the manual and make sure you know what type of juicer you have, as well as be informed on how to use and maintain it.

There are many types of juicers in the market and by the time you own one, you probably already know what type or model you have. Each type may have a different way of cleaning or maintaining. Centrifugal juicers for example, need to have their juice filters cleaned everyday. Otherwise, there will be an uneven distribution of weight on the shaft. You also need to make sure that the bearings of this type of juicer gets checked yearly by a professional or a technician, to properly maintain function.

There are also juicers that have safety censors, like citrus juicers for example. So for this type, you need to check if the censors are set in place and are aligned properly. Have a yearly check-up for your citrus juicer especially the squeezing mechanisms. It is very common that some residue has already built up and needs to be removed. Corrosion is also something that may affect the efficiency of your juicer in the long run. So annual check-ups are necessary.

Cold press juicers are easier to maintain because they have built in self-cleaning mechanisms. You just need to know how to properly use it. You also need to know which parts you can actually dismantle and place in the dishwasher.

Basically, whatever juicer type that you have, it is important that you read the manual or get a tutorial or an advice from the manufacturer’s representative on how things work and how you can use this appliance effectively for a long time.

2. Clean your new juicer before using it for the first time.

This tip just makes perfect sense, since you’ll be drinking whatever produce you put in your juicer. Just because it’s new does not mean it’s clean enough for your stomach. You don’t need to put the whole thing in the dishwasher or hose it down with water. You need to know that, there are parts in a juicer that should never get wet; otherwise, it malfunctions. You just need to take out the parts of the machine that comes in contact with your fruits and vegetables. Depending on the type, model and brand of your juicer, there will be different parts that you need to dismantle to clean them. Wash these parts with standard liquid detergent. Some juicer models would allow you to put some parts in the dishwasher.

3. Clean your juicer in a safe manner.

One important thing that most people forget when cleaning their juicer is to unplug the power cord. You need to unplug the power cord at all times when cleaning it. It’s just safe for you that way. It’s a device that requires electricity after all, and safety should always be a concern. It is never advised to use a high pressure spray when cleaning because it might splash liquid into parts that should never get wet. Moreover, at no time should the base of your juicer be immersed in water.

4. For convenience, clean your juicer right away after using it.

You can just imagine the stress of cleaning dried pulp and seeing stain on your juicer. Some people would line the pulp bin of their juicer, (if it has any) with a waste bag. This is the easiest way to collect the pulp and will make cleaning easier. Other juicers, like cold press juicers, have self cleaning systems. Other models have innovative brushes that take care of the hard part of the cleaning process.

If you’re juicing different types of produce, you can run some water through the juicer while you’re in between the juicing task. This will rinse some of the residue. Cleaning it will be a breeze after you’re done with juicing everything.

The key to easy cleaning is consistency. When you’re consistent with keeping your juicer clean, it will remain to be clean. When it’s always clean and properly maintained, it will likely have a longer life and make healthy juice for you for many years.


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