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Making great sauces, dips, dressings and chopping yummy veggies or crumble bread and other foods, rather than buying them already made, is fun and satisfactory, but, as usual, the less pleasant part is when it's time to clean up.

How can you keep a food processor, chopper or dicer clean and ready to be used again?

First of all it's important to take apart the whole of the machine, separating all the smaller parts so to clean them thoroughly and remove food residues.
They should all be washed with warm water and soap and not scrubbed too hard.

The blades should not be soaked in water, rather be gently washed and wiped down right after usage, to preserve them.
Another way for cleaning the blades without cutting yourself is by using nylon brushes.

Most removable parts can also be washed in the top rack of the dishwasher.

To clean the base or motor part, all you need is a damp cloth to wipe it down and remove stains. If done right after use the stains shouldn't resist. If they do, a baking soda paste should do the job, or a bit of soap wiped on the stain and removed with the cloth or a damp paper towel.

After all the parts are clean and dry you can reassemble the machine and store it away. Make sure that all the parts are throughly dried to prevent bacteria growth or damage.

So what if your processor/chopper/dicer is smelly?
An easy solution for a smelly machine is to mix baking soda and water at a 1 to 1 ratio and leave it in the bowl of the machine for 10-15 minutes. This will absorb odors and leave your machine smelling clean again.

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