Cleaning a stand mixer is easy if you know the right things to do and this is one of the most important things every user needs to know even before buying one of these amazing machines. If you can’t clean it properly, there’s no use having it as you’ll be doing a lot of that, particularly when using it for more difficult and time-consuming baking tasks, like making a multi-layered cake.

You have two cleaning options — you can either do it by hand or use a dishwasher, or use either of these for the dishwasher-safe components. Not all components are dishwasher-safe, so you have to be sure of this before using a dishwasher. If you’re not sure, simply use your hand.

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Steps to Follow

Getting rid of all the dirt and debris is all about identifying which parts of your appliance are dishwasher-safe and which parts are not. Once you’ve done this, just follow the steps below and it will be ready for the next task in no time.

The steps below guide you on how to do everything by hand, but you can use a dishwasher if your model comes with dishwasher-safe attachments or bowls and speed up the process.

  1. Unplug and separate parts: This is very important. Unplug your appliance before you do anything else. When you adhere to this, you not only protect yourself from electrical hazards, but also make the job easier for yourself as you’ll be able to reach all the parts that need to be cleaned. The next thing you have to do is have a basin of warm, soapy water ready, then detach the bowl and attachments and place them in the basin.
  2. Start cleaning the attachments: I recommend you start with the splash guard, flat beater, and dough hook or any of the easier-to-clean attachments and save the whisk or whip for last because these are relatively harder to clean because you have to clean all of the wires individually depending on what you ingredients you used them to mix. Cleaning should be performed inside the warm, soapy water you placed the attachments in earlier. Soaking overnight can make a dirty whisk easier to clean. Using a brush can also make it easier.
  3. Wash the mixing bowl: Wash the mixing bowl as you would the attachments using a light, nonabrasive sponge until the interior and exterior are perfectly clean, then wipe it with a dry microfiber cloth.
  4. Wipe the mixer: Unlike the bowl, you should clean the mixer with nothing other than a damp microfiber cloth. To prevent water from leaking into the mixer through the openings around the dial and ventilation port, and lever, make sure the cloth is damp, not dripping with water. Pay attention to the different parts where dirt or debris could be present, like the tilt-head, lever, dial, and shaft.
  5. Reassemble: Dry the attachments and put everything back in its place.

Bonus Steps

If you feel like or feel the need to clean your stand mixer more thoroughly:

  • Unscrew the attachment hub plate and wipe the inside of it.
  • Clean the underside of the motor head and the shaft using a small brush or paper towel.
  • Remove food crumbs and dust from the ventilation shaft using a vacuum, toothpick, or brush.
  • Clean the underside and footpads using a paper towel or brush and a mild cleanser.

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