How do I properly clean my food processor?

I know it’s a pain cleaning these guys, but let’s hope this short instruction will give you the upper hand a bit.

There is the easy(er) way to clean your food processor, and there’s the hard way to do it.

Yeah, buy the best food processor this and that, yet nobody ever warns you about cleaning the thing.

So, instead of putting some cloth on top of some kitchen utensil and trying to get to those narrow areas that way, you can hear me out and see if my cleaning method does a better job.

We’ll split this short guide into two parts. First, I’ll tell you what you’ll need in order to get your food processor all nice and sparkly, and the other part will be dealing with the cleaning process itself. If you’re an old-time reader you know by now that I operate best if I have a comprehensive list of things to do. I mean I need to have bullet points in my head and in my guides in order to do the job to the best of my abilities. So, that’s why I’m splitting this article into two different sections.

cleaning a food processor

Here’s what you need

Ok, we need to get one thing straight, and I can’t emphasize this enough. Food processors are delicate and sophisticated pieces of machinery, and you should treat them as such. You can’t expect it to function at its fullest after you’ve been brushing it with some abrasive brush or strong dish soap. It just doesn’t work that way, so you’ll have to approach your gadget carefully in order to get the most out of this guide and out of your food processor as well. Just a friendly heads-up before we get to the point.

Ok, here’s what we’re talking about, this is your full list of items you’ll need in order to get your beloved food processor squeaky clean.

You’ll need a sink for this job, trust me you don’t want to be doing it anywhere else. It can get somewhat messy at times, so you want your processor surrounded by the sink walls at all times. Wash it with warm water as it’ll enhance the effectiveness of your dish soap of choice.

Dish soap is the next big thing we’ll be dealing with. You can choose whichever one you like, but bear in mind what I’ve said earlier. Make sure it’s a MILD dish soap before anything else. You don’t want me to repeat the whole story about how delicate and sophisticated food processors really are, do you? So, as long as you pick up a mild dish soap the rest is up to you and I’m not having any problem with it.

food processor cleaning guide

Ok, now we’re getting somewhere. The next thing on our menu is some sort of cloth of a brush to clean your processor with. Again, if you’re going with the cloth make sure it’s very soft. If you’re doing the brush dance, be sure the brush is not abrasive.

You’ll also need a cleaning brush that’s narrow and long enough to get through to the tight places that’ll definitely need cleaning. You can use the ones you get with your average set for cleaning bottles.

The last two pieces of our gear are vinegar and some dry towels used for wiping the dishes dry.

Now that you have all the items listed above collected, we can get to the actual cleaning part. See the guide here.

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