How To Clean A Food Processor Easily

Food processors are one of those kitchen appliances that are extremely handy to have, helping to save some time so that you can be more productive in the kitchen. However, for many, food processors appear to be really complicated and difficult to wash, resulting in a lack of motivation to make use of their food processors and thus leaving them to collect dust in the cupboards. Well, as demonstrated by the title of the article, we'll be discussing how you can clean your food processor easily and hopefully, by the end of the article, you'll be convinced that they're really not that difficult to wash! 

lady pouring chocolate chips into mixture that's being mixed in food processor

Cleaning supplies and tools you'll need: 

  • Dish soap 
  • Dish washing sponge or brush 
  • Dish towels 
  • Optional: Baking soda 

Cleaning tools laid out on table

General step-by-step guide to cleaning a food processor 

Step 1: Take your food processor apart 

  • Food processors have several pieces so in order to clean them, you're going to have to take them apart. Bits of food can hide in the nooks and crannies of your food processor so you'll want to have everything separated so that you can give your food processor a thorough clean. 
  • Remove the bowl from the motor base of the machine, take off the bowl lid, take out the blade and remove the pusher unit. 

Step 2: Wash the blade 

  • The blade should be the first thing you wash, immediately after using your food processor. Doing so will help to maintain the sharpness of the blade as any moisture from your ingredients or from the act of soaking could actually dull the blade. Washing the blade immediately also helps to prevent food from drying inside the crevices or tube attached to the blade, making it much easier to rinse them out.
  • Gently scrub the blade with some dishwashing liquid and warm water. To avoid cutting yourself, try scrubbing outwards from the centre of the blade.
  • Note: Don't wash the blade in the dishwasher as doing so could damage both the blades and the plastic coating over time

Step 3: Wash all the other removable pieces 

  • Now that your blade has been washed, you can move onto washing all the other removable pieces of your food processor.
  • While washing your blade, you could allow these pieces to soak in some warm, soapy water before proceeding to using a gentle sponge or brush to scrub them. (Note: Avoid using abrasive cleaners or pads on your food processor to avoid scratching and damaging them).
  • Alternatively, if you're not in the mood to do the dishes, you could simple wash these parts in the dishwasher. 
  • Tip: If the bowl of your food processor is starting to develop some kind of odour, eliminate it using a 1-to-1 ratio of baking soda and water. Once you've prepared the mixture, simply pour it into the bowl of your food processor and allow it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing thoroughly. 

Step 4: Give the base of your machine a good wipe down

  • Many people tend to neglect the body of the food processor, leading to the accumulation of dried up food and stains.
  • With a clean and damp (not soaking wet) cloth, give the base and motor area of your machine a good wipe down. Don't forget the nooks and crannies of your food processor that may be a little more challenging to get to. For these tougher to reach areas, try using a thin brush.
  • For more stubborn stains (like tomato), use a tiny amount of dish soap or a baking soda paste on the affected area before wiping it with a clean, damp cloth. 

Step 5: Leave to dry + reassemble

  • Last but not least, allow your food processor to dry completely. Failing to do so could encourage the growth of bacteria and could also potentially damage your food processor. 
  • Once your food processor and all its parts have fully dried, you can now reassemble it and return it to its usual spot in your home to rest before its next use. 

Now that you've reached the end of this article, we hope you've gained some useful tips on how to wash your food processor! If the cleaning process previously turned you away from purchasing a food processor or from using your current machine, we hope we've managed to change your mind, convincing you that this process is actually not as complicated and difficult as you previously thought. For any questions on our food processors, feel free to reach out to our customer support team at or our live chat and we’ll be more than happy to help! 

In need of more recipes to try out with your food processor? Head to this article: 6 Easy Food Processor Recipes That Are Sure To Impress

Having trouble making a decision on whether you should get a food processor, or not? Head to this article that will certainly help to ease this decision-making process: Food Processors: Do You Really Need One?




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