How to Clean Jack LaLanne’s Power Juicer
Endorsed by long time fitness and nutrition guru Jack LaLanne, the Power Juicer gives you delicious, high-quality juices from the actual fruits, vegetables, and other flavorings you put in it. The powerful blade grinds everything up, while the filter separates the juice from the pulp to give you the best nutrition.
There are several models of the Power Juicer, including the Classic, the Express, the Deluxe, the Elite, and the Pro. Each varies slightly depending on its components. But below are the basic step-by-step cleaning instructions to keep your juicer in as good a shape as the day you bought it. We also provide several handy tips to cut down on cleaning time.
Cleaning Your Juicer: Step by Step
There are several parts in the Power Juicer, each of which must be cleaned separately. There’s the main unit, which is the largest and has the actual juicing machine inside of it. You also have the pulp collector, the round cylindrical pusher, the filter, the lid with a built-in pulp guard, the crescent tool, the blade, the receptacle with its juice spout and lip, and the base, which has a locking bar and screw peg. That’s quite a few parts, which discourages many juice lovers from cleaning it after every single use.
As for the good news, all of the Power Juicer components, except for the motor base, are dishwasher safe. Let’s go through each of the steps to thoroughly clean the juicer and prepare it for the next juicing session.
First, you want to turn off the power switch in the back of the machine. Wait until the motor completely stops. With your hands dry, unplug the power cord from the electrical outlet.
The second step is to disassemble your Power Juicer. As you remove each part, set it on clean paper towels on the counter. To disassemble requires its own series of steps:
- Take the pusher out of the chute.
- Pull the silver locking bar towards you, until it’s lowered and out of the way.
- Completely remove the lid with its built-in pulp guard. You’ll pull it up vertically to take it off the base.
- Take the pulp connector off the lid and pull it down to separate it. The pulp connector should be full of pulp, so you might want to do this over a sink or garbage can.
- Stick the crescent tool into the blade, lining up the pegs, and turn counter-clockwise to remove the blade from inside the unit. The blade is sharp, so use caution.
- Take out the filter, which is the most important part to clean.
- Take the receptacle off the base.
Wet a cloth or sponge until it’s damp, then carefully and gently wipe the juicer’s base. Don’t submerge the base in water or spray it with water or cleaners. Harsh sponges or cleaners can damage the finish, so wipe gently.
Fill the sink or a tub in the sink with warm, soapy water. You can use a mild dish detergent. Wash and clean all the other parts you took off the juicer. Rinse in clean water and dry thoroughly. Or, you can put these parts in the dishwasher. Check the instruction manual to make sure the parts are dishwasher safe before doing this.
To specifically clean the filter and the blade, rinse them under warm running water and use a bristled dishwashing brush to clean them. A spray hose attachment also works well.
When all the parts are clean and dry, put the machine back together. Put the receptacle on the base, then put in the filter. Use the crescent tool to put the blade back in and turn clockwise to lock it. Put the pulp collector and the lid back on the base. Then raise the locking bar and put the pusher back on the top of the lid.
With the machine all assembled again, plug it in. Turn the power switch to turn it on and spin out any excess water.
Your Power Juicer is fully clean, so time to store it in a cool, dry place.
Tips for Making Clean Up Easier
Now that we’ve covered the basic steps for cleaning your Jack LaLanne Power Juicer, what are some tips or hacks to make it even easier?
Catch the Drips
As your juicer is sitting on the counter, it can drip and make a mess. One tip for general cleanliness is to put a small tray or drip catcher underneath the front of the juicer. It will keep those drips off the counter and make it easier to clean.
Line the Pulp Container
Yes, that pulp container can get really messy and be a pain to clean. Make it easier by taking a plastic shopping bag and lining the container, just like a garbage can liner. That way, you can simply take all the pulp out in one fell swoop. Just check the shopping bag for holes before putting it into the pulp container.
Timing is Key
One of the best tips for keeping your Power Juicer spotless and in top working condition is to clean it after every use. Having fruit and vegetable fibers sitting in the juicer for any length of time can create mold and rot, not to mention staining the juicer.
You Need the Right Brush
The screened filter is the hardest to clean in the Power Juicer, but it’s also the most important item to clean. One tool to make it easier is a handheld scrubbing brush. Choose one
that has a smaller circumference to really get into the filter. It should also have stiff bristles to thoroughly clean out the filter. Don’t use a sponge, since you will just spread the food particles around, rather than actually cleaning the filter.
Clean Juicer, Healthy Juicing
Once you’ve practiced cleaning your Jack LaLanne Power Juicer several times, you’ll get the hang of it and the process will go quickly. If you clean it out after every time you use it, the plastic won’t stain. You’ll be able to enjoy delicious and healthy juicing for many years to come.