Cleaning their machine is often of the biggest pet peeves of any Thermomix owner, and I totally get it. There are multiple parts, there are crevices where food can get stuck, and it can often result in nicked fingers from the blades. I’ve decided to make this post of my Top 5 Thermomix Cleaning Tips to show you the best and easiest ways to clean your machine out with minimal fuss and, most importantly, no more cut fingers!
A huge tip for making the actual cleaning of your machine easier is to perform a pre-wash. This entails a ‘blade fling’, which is far less scary than it sounds, and a turbo rinse. First of all, the blade fling: this is great for dough or cake batters that are collected round your machine’s blades. After scraping the contents of your Thermomix bowl out with a spatula, pop the lid on and turn your machine on to Speed 4 for a few seconds. This will remove everything from the blades and the butterfly whisk, if it’s in place. Then you can scrape it out again – you’ll be surprised how much more will come out!
After scraping out the bowl, put enough warm water in the bottom of the bowl to cover the blades. Then pulse your machine a couple of times using the ‘turbo’ function, or turn your machine on for 5 seconds / Speed 10. This will remove any leftover residue in the bowl and make the actual cleaning so much easier.
Getting it clean
To properly clean your Thermomix, you’ll need to take your bowl totally apart. This means separating the base from the bowl, and removing the blades. These can then either be cleaned in the sink, or in the dishwasher. Every part of your Thermomix, except for the main machine, is dishwasher safe. The blades, MC and Varoma lid all go on the top shelf of your dishwasher, while the rest can go on the bottom shelf.
If all your machine needs is a quick once-over, place warm water and a small amount of washing up liquid into the bowl and use a cleaning brush to get in under the blades and into the very edges of your bowl. Then just rinse and dry!
Heavy duty cleaning
Sometimes a quick clean just won’t cut it. Perhaps something burnt onto the bottom of your bowl, or you have some stubborn, dried-on food that just won’t budge. This is when your kitchen cleaning accessories really come in handy!
A small bottle brush is the ultimate weapon when it comes to getting into all the nooks and crannies of your blades, and removing anything that might be stuck there while protecting your fingers. Once you blades are clean, it’s time to focus on the bowl itself. A gentle scourer (one that’s made with plastic, coconut fibre or something similar – just avoid metal) is your best friend, and will do a fantastic job at removing any burnt residue in the bowl. If you still can’t quite remove all the mess, sprinkle some bicarb soda in the bowl and use your scrourer to rub it in. Voilá! Your bowl is good as new.
When it comes to whipping egg whites, the number one reason they just won’t fluff up is because there’s residue left in the bowl. All it takes is a tiny amount, and the whipping will get nowhere. This also applies to making beautiful sauces like hollandaise – even the smallest amount of residue will make your sauce split and not look totally appetising. The best way to combat this is to perform a vinegar wash.
Cover the blades with water, and add your butterfly whisk. Place 30g of white vinegar and heat your machine for 8 min / Varoma / Speed 4. Simply empty the liquid and thoroughly dry with a clean tea towel, and you’ll be good to go.
Extra handy cleaning tips
I have picked up a few extra handy cleaning tips in my time using my Thermomix. For example, if you find your lid is stained, perhaps due to turmeric or something similar (it always happens to me when I make my Tomato & Smoked Garlic Relish!), place the lid outside in the sunshine for a whole day, and you’ll find the stains will have faded away! If you find your bowl is holding the scent of something you’ve cooked, you can easily neutralise the smell by grinding a handful of coffee beans.
To clean the outside of the machine, a small bottle brush is perfect for getting into the crevices on the arms of your machine, then you can simply use a cleaning cloth to remove any loosened grime. Orange oil is fantastic for household cleaning, but make sure you avoid cleaning the outside of your Thermomix with it as it can remove the writing from your machine. A damp cloth should suffice.
Bonus quick Thermomix cleaning tips!
Got burn marks in your mixing bowl? Place 1000g water into your bowl, and drop in a dishwasher tablet. Clean 15 Min. / 70°C / Speed 1 then rinse with water!
For a quick clean, put enough water in the bowl to cover the blades. Pop in a drop of detergent (make sure it’s only a drop – any more and you’ll have a bubble tsunami!), then wash 3 Sec. / Speed 10, then 3 Sec. / Reverse Speed 10.
Another awesome tip I’ve heard to get rid of terrible, caked-on mess is to use denture tablets! Pop a couple of denture tablets into the bowl with half a bowl of water, and let soak. Then drain and rinse.
If you’ve used the bowl to melt chocolate, before you rinse the bowl, pour in 300g milk and blitz 4 Sec. / Speed 8. Voila – speedy chocolate milk!
Put half a lemon and the shells of 2 eggs into the bowl, along with 400g warm water. Blitz 5 Sec. / Speed 8 to remove stubborn food residue! As an added bonus, the remaining egg shells add calcium when mixed into soil.
Hopefully this post of my favourite Thermomix cleaning tips has helped make cleaning your machine easier and quicker, and perhaps even taught you some sneaky tricks you didn’t know before! What are your go-to cleaning hacks for your Thermomix? Leave me a comment – I’d love to hear from you.