Urgh... as much as I love my Thermomix, I do NOT love cleaning it. It's kinda a bit of a pain in the bum to take it all apart to wash it - but unfortunately, it's just one of those things that has got to be done! Thankfully, there are a few quick and easy cleaning tips that will have your Thermie looking brand new again..
1. Get rid of odours
Add 2 tsp bi-carb soda, 1 litre of water and ¼ cup lemon juice to the TM bowl. Heat for 10-15 minutes on Varoma, Speed 3.
2. Get rid of brown marks on the bottom of the bowl
Yep we all know the marks you get when you've cooked something a little high or for a little too long. Well, you can kiss goodbye to those marks by mixing together a paste of bi-carb soda and water and spread over the base of the bowl. Leave for 5-10 minutes and then give it a scrub.
3. Easy washing
Every time I'm finished using the Thermomix, I add a little squirt of dishwashing liquid and half fill the bowl with water. Pulse on Turbo a few times until the bowl is clean. Then all it will need is a quick little rinse. Easy peasy!
4. A really 'good' clean
Sometimes your Thermie needs more than just a quick little rinse. For a more thorough clean, add 750g water, 250g vinegar and 2tbs bi-carb soda. Heat for 10-15 minutes on Varoma, Speed 3-4.
5. Remove burnt or 'stuck on' foods
Place a lemon cut in half into the TM bowl. Chop on Speed 9 for 10 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add 400g of water and heat for 10-15 minutes on Varoma, Speed 3-4. Rinse and wipe.
6. Clean your blades
It might sound strange, but egg shells are the perfect thing to use to clean your Thermie blades. Add enough water to cover the blades and then toss in any empty egg shells you have. Press Turbo 15-20 times. Rinse and wipe. This is the perfect clean to do just after you've finished making a cake and you have empty egg shells laying around.
7. In between the blades
Urgh we all know how hard it is to clean between the blades. Make it super easy by using a toothbrush! Yep, the little bristles will get into all the teeny spots and clean it perfectly.
8. Pop it in the dishwasher
Don't forget that your bowls, blades, lids, Varoma, spatula, basket and measuring cups can go in your dishwasher! Just don't pop your recipe chip or the white motor base in there!
9. Drying your bowl
This is a neat little trick I only learnt recently. To dry your bowl, simply pop a tea towel into the TM bowl and mix on Reverse Speed 2 for 15 seconds. How easy is that!
10. Remove smells from your lid
To get rid of any odours on your TM lid, simply make a thick paste with bi-carb soda and water and spread of the inside of the lid. Leave for 15 minutes and then rinse well.
What other Thermomix cleaning hints and tips can you share with us?