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Some Advice About Cleaning Your Bread Machine

Everyone gets excited about the idea of having fresh baked bread for dinner.  People love the idea of waking up to the smell of baked bread.  What most people don’t think about is that the breadmaker will need to be cleaned after each use.  This is the part that people are less than thrilled about.  In most cases, cleaning your bread machine is not going to be incredibly difficult.  Here is some advice that can make the task of cleaning your bread machine into something quick and easy.

Obviously, it is a bad idea to try and clean your bread machine by sticking the entire thing into your dishwasher, or by submerging it in your sink.  Doing so will permanently damage your breadmaker, and may even void its warranty.  Instead, use a damp, but not soaked, cloth to gently wipe away dust, dirt, bread crumbs and flour from the outside of the bread machine.  This should be all it requires.

Do not assume that all of the removable parts on your bread machine will be safe to individually place into your dishwasher.  There are many breadmakers that have parts that are dishwasher safe, but this is not a universal truth.  Read the instruction manual that came with the breadmaker in order to find out if its parts can be safely put into the dishwasher.  This could help you to avoid causing damage to them.

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The inside of your breadmaker is going to need to be cleaned out before you use it to bake a new loaf of bread.  Some people may feel that it is okay to make a second loaf of bread without cleaning the machine first if that second loaf is of the exact same type of bread as the first loaf was.  The problem with this concept is that you run the risk of having leftover flour, breadcrumbs, or perhaps even crunchy bits of crust mixed into the new bread dough.  This could affect the quality of that second loaf of bread.

Do not attempt to stick your hand inside the bread machine to clean it if the machine is on.  Moving parts could cause you to become injured.  Always wait to clean the inside of the breadmaker until after it is done baking bread and has completely cooled down.  Keep in mind that this is very much like a small oven.  There is the potential that you will be burned if you try to clean the machine while it is still warm.

In other words, you shouldn’t try to clean your bread machine immediately after the bread is finished baking.  However, it is advisable that you do not wait too long to clean the breadmaker out.  The longer that the flour, bits of dough, and particles of crust sit inside the machine, the greater the chance that they will adhere to it.  This will turn what could have been a two minute cleanup into a much longer, harder, one.  Leftover dough that hardens can feel like a ceramic substance.

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  • Dianne Wesley November 11, 2015, 6:52 pm

    How do you clean out the inside of breadman machine? I have cleaned out crumbs and stuff but don’t know how to get the brown cooked on stuff out.

  • Amy July 15, 2017, 4:01 pm

    I don’t have your particular machine but I’ve cleaned a few different ones using the same method. Soak a clean cloth in a mix of warm water and vinegar. I prefer apple cider vinegar as it’s less abraissive to the senses but any will do. Use your fingers or a stick like object (sturdy chopstick, spoon handle, etc…) to scrub around the heating element. If you need extra scrub power you can use a sponge but whatever you do THOROUGHLY DRY AFTERWARDS. I use a combo of a new dry towel and paper towels to get into the corners and edges. Good luck!

  • dj August 27, 2017, 5:22 pm

    worthless article with no advice on how to clean the gunk.

  • katherine September 2, 2017, 6:28 pm

    if you have buildup on the inside of the machine; first. vacuum out or dump out all of the crusties that have built up, then spray the inside with easy off oven cleaner. leave overnight and then wipe down with a damp cloth. it comes off very easily and shines up the maker.

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