Did you purchase a new pasta maker, or are looking for a way to clean the one you’ve had for years? Knowing how to clean your pasta maker, and whether or not you can clean it in the dishwasher is an important question to make sure that you don’t damage your machine. We’ve done some digging for you so you can ensure that you are taking care of your pasta maker in the best way possible!
You should not wash any parts of your pasta maker in the dishwasher unless the owner's manual specifically states that it is dishwasher safe. In most cases, there will be some parts that can go into the dishwasher, while others cannot. As a rule of thumb, you should be able to put removable plastic parts in the dishwasher, but again, follow the owner's manual.
You are probably left wondering how you can clean your pasta maker, or maybe even the best ways to use it. Read on below to discover more tips and tricks and to determine the best way to clean and use your pasta maker moving forward!
Can You Put a Pasta Maker in the Dishwasher?
It is always best to read the instruction manual that came with your pasta maker to ensure that you are cleaning it effectively. This is the best way to determine if any or all parts of your machine are dishwasher safe.
If it is an electric pasta maker, there may be detachable pieces that you can take off and place in the dishwasher. These parts are typically plastic. That being said, the main body/piece of the machine, or the electric element, should never be put in the dishwasher.
You should also not put any stainless steel parts through the dishwasher. While they may be dishwasher safe, handwashing will keep the pieces in better shape.
How To Clean a Pasta Maker
Manual Pasta Maker
With a manual pasta maker, your first step should always be to read the cleaning instructions. You can then proceed to remove any pieces that are add ons, like attachments for different pasta types. The instruction manual will best describe what can and should be removed.
To clean the rollers, use a dry brush to get any little dry pieces out. If this does not work, you can try to use some air as well. Once you have removed all the pieces that you can, run a wet rag or thin towel through the machine to clean out the rollers. You can also hand wash/wipe down any parts of the device as well. Make sure your machine is dry before you return it to its storage place.
Electric Pasta Maker
For an electric maker, you need to take extra precautions and read the instruction manual, as when there are electronic parts involved, extra safety is needed. And, before you do any cleaning, please ensure that you unplug the maker from any electrical source for your protection! As the first part of this article states, remove any plastic pieces or removable parts that can be washed in the dishwasher.
The instruction manual will have specifics in regards to what you can wash. Any parts that you deem non-dishwasher safe should be hand washed. This is the best way to prevent damage to your pasta maker. The remaining parts of the pasta maker can be hand washed via a damp towel, and make sure that everything is dry before putting it back in storage.
As a final reminder, please read the instructions, so you do not damage the machine or hurt yourself!
How To Lubricate a Pasta Maker
If using your pasta maker results in some loud and irritating squeaks, it may be time for you to lubricate your pasta maker. This is something that should be done after cleaning your pasta maker. Follow the previous steps to wash it, and avoid using any dish soap or leaving it wet for too long, as this can cause rusting or the need for lubrication.
Read the instructions for your specific machine as some suggest not cleaning with water because this could cause rusting or squeaking. After washing and drying, follow the following steps:
- Attain mineral oil, as this is what will be used for the lubrication.
- Find the cutting rollers of the pasta maker (these are internal structures)
- Once you find the cutting rollers, place a few (2-3) drops of mineral oil on both of the ends of the cutting rollers.
- After you have sufficiently lubricated the rollers, put the maker back together if you have dismantled it at all.
- Use the maker, and if it does not squeak anymore, then you have sufficiently lubricated it and can continue with regular use. If not, lubricate again following the same steps.
How to Clean a Marcato Pasta Maker
As previously mentioned, it is crucial to read instructions on how to clean the pasta makers, as some, such as the Marcato Pasta Maker, explicitly states that one should not wash the maker under running water or in the dishwasher! According to Marcato, follow these steps to clean their pasta maker:
- Clean the outer surfaces with a dry brush and a cloth.
- The interior and rollers should be cleaned using the resin combs that they have specially created for this purpose. These are already in the machine, and only need to be removed to be cleaned. Specific instructions for removing and cleaning these combs can are in the instruction manual for your particular model maker.
In conclusion, while individual pieces of certain pasta makers may be able to be cleaned in the dishwasher, it is super important always to read instruction manuals to find out the cleaning directions for your specific model or product! This is the best way to avoid any issues in the future.