HOW TO CLEAN A STAND MIXER
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Standing over a bowl with a wooden spoon mixing and mixing for what seems like hours on end? A thing of the past. Sitting down after putting brownies in the oven feeling like you just barely made it through upper body day at the gym? Can't relate.
From kneading homemade bread to mashing potatoes to whipping up a cake, stand mixers are true kitchen heroes for the home cook or baker, but they can quickly get grimy without proper care. Sticky dough, greasy butter, melted chocolate, and sugar granules are standard messes to deal with, but when food particles collect in various nooks, crannies, and mixer attachments, it can interfere with your appliance and eventually cause your mixer to stop working.
To keep it in good working order, it's important to deep clean your mixer after every few uses, or more depending on frequency of use. You should be careful to include the various knobs, levers, and ventilation ports, as well as areas you may not see, including fine grooves and crevices within the mixer design.
Stuck-on food and stains on your stand mixer can be persistent, and a standard cleaning with dish soap and water usually won't do the trick. Even the trusted mixture of baking soda and vinegar can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour (and a lot of elbow grease) to start removing gunk. Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner's formula powers out grime, cuts through grease and oil, and removes splatters without caustic or acidic chemicals.
Check your owner's manual for any precautions before cleaning your electric mixer.
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