Bread machine cleaning basics

Bread machine cleaning basics


Owning a bread machine is a delight, until it comes time to clean it. Many bread machine owners aren’t sure how to safely clean a bread machine. Others aren’t sure if cleaning is even necessary (it is). In this post, I’ll walk you through the process of cleaning your bread machine without damaging it.


Crumbs and Flour

Make sure that your bread machine is completely cool. Turn it on its side, and use a small paintbrush or butter basting brush to gently sweep the crumbs out of the machine. Do NOT use water for this task.



Don’t attempt to remove moist dough from the lid or sides of your bread machine. Instead, open the lid and allow the dough to dry out. When it is completely dry, it should come off easily. If you notice that dough has fallen on the heating element while baking, turn the machine off immediately. Follow the same procedure outlined above, and be very gentle when removing the dough. If you have difficulty, use a slightly dampened microfiber cleaning cloth. Set the cloth on top of the hardened dough for a few minutes, until the dough can be easily removed by gently wiping it away.



It happens to the best of us. Liquids, as hard as we try, can spill into the inside of your bread machine. As you know, water and the inside of a bread machine are not a good mix. Use a microfiber cloth to soak up what you can. Rinse out the cloth thoroughly, and dip it in a mix of mild dish detergent and warm water. Wring out the cloth so that it is almost dry, and then wipe down the area where the spill occurred.


Cleaning the Heating Element

If your bread machine’s heating element is dirty, it poses a risk of fire. Do NOT use a detergent to clean it. The heating element of most bread makers is very fragile, and requires a gentle hand. Moisten a sponge or microfiber cloth, and wring it dry. Wipe the sponge or cloth along the entire length of the heating element. Repeat this process until it is clean.


Cleaning the Bread Pan and Dough Hook

Normally, cleaning your bread pan and dough hook should be a simple task. Just wipe down the inside of the pan with a warm soapy rag, rinse, and let air dry. If the dough hook has dough or bread inside of it, use a pipe cleaner to gently remove it, then wash gently with warm, soapy water and a rag. Let the hook air dry in an upright position.


Despite the excellent non-stick coatings on most bread pans, occasionally a loaf will stick. If you are having trouble cleaning your bread pan, fill it halfway with warm, soapy water. Let it soak for ten to twenty minutes. Dump the water, and gently wash the inside of the pan with a soft sponge or cloth. Do NOT scrub the inside of the pan with steel wool, a dish brush, dry towels, or any other rough utensil. Doing so could damage the nonstick coating and eventually lead to rust.



NEVER rinse the inside of your bread machine. Water can get into the circuitry of the machine and spoil it.

NEVER use steel wool, a scrub brush, or any other abrasive cleaner in your bread machine. They can scratch and damage the machine, making it harder to clean in the future, and encouraging the formation of rust.

NEVER use harsh chemical cleansers in your bread machine. They can destroy the protective finishes on the machine itself.

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