If you want your machine to last for long, then make sure you spend time taking care of it and maintaining it. Different machines require different types of care, and that goes for your bread machine as well. If you don’t know how to go about this, keep reading.
Let’s get started!
Unplug The Machine
Well, the first and foremost thing you need to do before cleaning is to make sure you haven’t used your bread machine because otherwise, it’ll be hot. Second, when you start cleaning it, it should be unplugged. We’ll first get rid of the bread crumbs and flour. So to do that, grab a small brush, even a paintbrush works fine, and sweep the insides of the bread machine. Don’t scrub, just gently brush away the surface.
Once you have gotten rid of the dried up material, you might see some dough sticking to the pan. If it is still moist, then wait for it to dry out because it will make your job much easier. You must refrain from using water inside the machine because it can damage the heating elements.
In case of a liquid spill, get a clean cloth, preferably a microfiber one. Get a bowl of warm water and mix some detergent in it, then soak the fabric in it and squeeze out excess water until it is damp and not dripping wet. Now gently sweep the affected areas and clean the bread machine until you can’t see any crusty flour or liquid spill inside. Then clean the cloth again with warm water and wipe it inside the machine so you can remove the detergent.
Similarly, you are supposed to clean the heating elements with the method mentioned above as well. If you ignore those, you are risking a fire. So, take a moist cloth and wipe the heating elements down along the length. Repeat the procedure until you don’t see any dirt on them. Since heating elements are sensitive parts, keep a light hand when cleaning because you don’t want to damage them.
The Bread Pan
The bread pan is relatively easier to clean. Since most pans are non-stick ones, not a lot of food particles stick to it. One good rinse can make it good as new. But in case there is something, grab the bread pan and fill it up with soapy water until the stickiness softens and loses its place. Drain it out and wipe it with a clean soapy rag or a sponge. Rinse it one last time with water, and you’re done. Dry it out first before you place it back in as it can be unsafe otherwise.
You can even place your bread pan in the dishwasher if it is dishwasher safe. It is safe and easy, but most bread pans aren’t dishwasher safe, so check before you do this.
Read the Manual
Sometimes, bread machines come with their own cleaning ways. They are usually mentioned in the user manual. If it has cleaning instructions, follow them. If not, then you can opt for this basic way that works for all bread machines.
Apart from this, make sure not to use the machine right after you’re done cleaning it. Let it completely dry first. Avoid using any harsh chemicals inside the bread machine or on the bread pan as it will damage the protective finish or the non-stick coating.
Handle it with love and care, and your bread machine will survive for a really long time.