Cleaning and maintaining a breadmaker is a fairly simple task, but keeping up with it can guarantee years of top-notch performance from your appliance.
- Most people choose to clean the breadmaker right after making a loaf. The most basic safety tip to remember: Always unplug the machine before sticking your hand inside it to clean. Also, give the breadmaker some time to cool down, as the bread pan gets very hot during use.
- The bread pan is the part of the machine that gets the messiest because it’s where the dough is kneaded and baked. Pull the bread pan out by the handle and wash it thoroughly with warm, soapy water. Use soft rags or sponges rather than scouring pads and abrasive chemicals, which can damage the surface of the pan.
- Check the user’s manual to see if the other breadmaker parts, like the kneading paddles, are safe to go in the dishwasher. If not, let them soak for about a quarter hour before washing them by hand. Any baked-on food should come off easily after the soaking.
- Use a rag or sponge to clean out the inside of the breadmaker. Be careful washing around the heating element so as not to jar it loose.
- Let the interior of the breadmaker and all the parts dry completely before reassembling the machine.
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