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How to Clean Your Bosch Mixer

A Bosch stand mixer is a tough kitchen machine, with the Bosch Universal Plus mixer able to mix up to15 lbs of dough to 10 lbs. of potatoes at a time. Many Bosch mixers become hand-me-downs as they last from generation to generation, working to ensure you have the best bread and tastiest desserts.

If you want to maximize the lifespan of your Bosch mixer, you will need to follow proper cleaning procedures. Proper cleaning and sanitization not only increases your mixer’s lifespan, however: it helps to prevent bacteria from building up in your machinery and food.

Depending on which Bosch mixer you own, there will be somewhat different cleaning instructions. Instructions are also available for cleaning the many different attachments for your mixers.

Bosch Universal Plus Mixer Cleaning Instructions

Many parts of the Bosch Universal Plus Mixer are dishwasher-safe, which is highly convenient for a busy home chef.

Plastic Mixing Bowl

Remove the bowl from the stand mixer by turning the bowl clockwise. It should pop off easily. Before placing the bowl in the dishwasher, be sure to remove the drive shaft from the base of the bowl. One counterclockwise turn to the base of the drive shaft should allow you to remove the drive shaft easily. The drive shaft can only go on the top shelf of the dishwasher.

Mixing Bowl Lid and Splash Ring

Place all these parts in the dishwasher separated from each other to ensure no food becomes trapped between the joining parts.

Dough Hook

Hand wash only in sink. Excessive heat can damage the hooks.

Wire Whips

The wire whips you receive with your Bosch Universal Plus Mixer can be washed in your dishwasher on the top rack. However, you cannot place the metal whip driver into the dishwasher, and it is recommended to hand wash the plastic whip driver.

For the parts of your Bosch Universal Plus Mixer which cannot go in the dishwasher, the cleaning process for these parts is not much more difficult than using the dishwasher.

Stand Mixer Base

Harsh chemicals and abrasive sponges can scratch the finish of your stand mixer base. Use water or gentle dish detergent on a cleaning rag or paper towel to clean the outside of your stand mixer base. Do not let any water leak into either the base motor nor the upper motor.

Motors

There is only one motor in the Mixer located in the tower underneath where the Blender mounts. The Motor does not need to and cannot be oiled. The drive socket is the only thing needing an occasional drop of oil.

Drive shaft

Multiple components come with a drive shaft, including the mixing bowls, slicer shredder attachment, and ice cream maker. Do not submerge the drive shaft in water while cleaning these attachments. This can damage the bearings. Detach the drive shaft and wipe clean with a damp rag or sponge to remove residue.

Cleaning Attachments for the Bosch Universal Plus Mixer

As the best stand mixer, the Bosch Universal Plus Mixer comes with a wide variety of mixer attachments which can be used in concert with the mixer. Some of these attachments are dishwasher-safe but others require hand washing.

Stainless Steel Bowl

Remove the bowl from the stand mixer by turning the bowl clockwise. It should pop off easily. Before placing the bowl in the dishwasher, be sure to remove the drive shaft from the base of the bowl. One counterclockwise turn to the base of the drive shaft should allow you to remove the drive shaft easily. The drive shaft can go in the top shelf of the dishwasher.

Blender Components

For a quick clean, fill your blender half way up with warm water and add a couple of drops of liquid soap. Then, turn it on for one minute. For a complete cleaning, remove the blender from the base using a clockwise motion and remove the blades at the base with a counterclockwise twist. Clean the blades by hand. The blender body and lid are both dishwasher-safe.

Bosch Slicer Shredder

You need to remove the center drive shaft from your Slicer Shredder and clean it by hand. Break the shaft down into the drive piece, fixed gear, washer, circlip, and drive shaft. Wash with water and gentle soap. For reassembly, every piece must be completely dry.. The other parts of this attachment should be disassembled and placed in the dishwasher.

L’Chef Slicer Shredder

Disassemble the Slicer Shredder Completely, then wash in dishwasher. For reassembly, each piece must be completely dry.

Bowl Scraper

The Bowl Scraper does not need disassembly, and can be washed in the dishwasher.

Dough Hook Extender

Place in the dishwasher to clean.

Cookie Paddles

Place in the dishwasher to clean. If you use the metal disk drive, wash it by hand to prevent tarnishing. It is recommended to wash the plastic disk drive by hand, as well.

Food Processor

Fully disassemble the food processor and place the pusher, cover, bowl, and disks in the dishwasher to clean.

Cake Paddles

Place in the dishwasher to clean. If you use the metal drive, wash the metal drive by hand.

Ice Cream Maker

All of the ice cream maker components can be washed in the dishwasher.

Citrus Juicer

Separate the pulp catcher and the bowl and place in the dishwasher on the top rack to clean.

L’Chef’s Food & Meat Grinder

After using the Food and Meat Grinder, completely disassemble the grinder to clean it. The grinder breaks down into the thread ring, disc, bladed knife, auger, housing, pusher, foot assembly, and tray. Each section needs to be cleaned by hand and allowed to dry completely before reassembly.

Bosch Food & Meat Grinder

After using the Food and Meat Grinder, completely disassemble the grinder to clean it. The grinder breaks down into the thread ring, disc, bladed knife, auger, housing, pusher, foot assembly, and tray. Each section needs to be cleaned by hand and allowed to dry completely before re-assembly.

Flour Sifter

The flour sifter has several parts which require gentle handling to effectively clean. Be sure not to immerse the drive completely in water, but merely wipe it down with water and gentle soap. Allow the components to dry after you carefully clean the brush arm, and fine mesh screen. You can place the bowl and lid in the dishwasher.

Pasta Set

To make sure all food particles are removed from your pasta making set, slowly twist your pasta attachment as you clean it.

Plastic/Metal Whip Driver

Clean by hand with water and dry immediately. Be careful not to immerse the drive completely in water.

Bosch Compact Tilt-Head Stand Mixer Cleaning Instructions

The Bosch Tilt-Head Stand Mixer is a compact mixer.  Similarly, this stand mixer has easy cleaning needs.

Bosch Compact Kitchen Mixer

Stand Mixer Base

Unplug the mixer prior to cleaning. Wipe clean with a damp dishcloth or paper towel. Do not soak the base and do not use cleaning chemicals. You can use a soft liquid dish soap for particularly stubborn food particles.

Splash Cover

Place in the dishwasher to clean.

Plastic Bowl

Place in the dishwasher to clean.

Beating Whisk and Stirring Whisk
The whisks you receive with your stand mixer can be placed in the utensil section of your dishwasher.

Cleaning Attachments for the Bosch Tilt-Head Stand Mixer

There are not as many Bosch Compact Tilt-Head attachments as there are for the Universal stand mixer. Also, the attachments for the Universal mixer are not compatible with the Compact mixer, so be aware when you are purchasing them.

The items you can place in the dishwasher are:

There are a few attachments which may require partial hand-washing, though there may be components which can be placed in the dishwasher.

Blender Components

For a quick clean, fill your blender half way up with warm water and add a couple of drops of liquid soap, then run it for one minute. For a complete cleaning, remove the blender from the base using a clockwise motion, remove the Mounting Base from the Picture by turning it counter clockwise, and remove the blades at the base with a counterclockwise twist. Clean the blades by hand. Hand wash rubber gaskets to prevent cracking.

Food Processor

Fully disassemble the food processor and place the pusher, cover, bowl, and disks in the dishwasher to clean.

Bosch Universal Classic Cleaning Instructions

The Bosch Universal line is similar in its cleaning and care instructions, so you can follow the Universal Plus Mixer cleaning instructions for the Bosch Universal Classic Mixer.

This mixer is no longer carried on Boschmixers.com but can be found through third-party sellers. When shopping Boschmixers.com for attachments and accessories for your Bosch Universal Classic Mixer, look under “Additional Information” tab to see if it is compatible with your Bosch Universal Classic.

Cleaning Attachments for the Bosch Universal Classic

You can still find attachments for the Bosch Universal Classic on Boschmixers.com, many of which are similar to the Universal Plus Mixer attachments. Similar attachments between the Universal Classic Mixer and Universal Plus Mixer have the same cleaning instructions- However, far more attachments exist for the Universal Plus mixer.

2 thoughts on “How to Clean Your Bosch Mixer”

  1. Hi I love my boschmixer and I use it very often i by mistake put the Metal piece from the cake mixer into dishwasher in it gives a grey color and everything that it touches what can I do to fix it

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