How to Clean and Care for a Hand Mixer

To take good care of your most helpful kitchen gadget, learn how to clean a hand mixer the right way.

Your dependable hand mixer is a great tool to have in the kitchen. It makes quick work of from-scratch cakes and cupcakes and comes in handy for some more surprising recipes, too. It’s likely inexpensive, easy to use and can accomplish many mixing tasks. But have you paid attention to the batter splatter creeping up and around the device? Here’s how to clean a hand mixer (and keep it mixing for years to come).

The Secret Way to Clean Every Inch of Your Hand Mixer

We’ve all been there. Whatever you’ve been mixing somehow winds up in the crevice where the beaters are inserted. Be sure to clean it out. If the batter dries up there, or it can ultimately interfere with the proper functioning of the mixer. This brush for cleaning baby bottles works well, but a toothbrush with firm bristles or toothpick can also be used to get out the gunk. Compared to a sponge, a small brush can make easy work of cleaning the tiny nooks and crannies of your beaters, too.

Reminder: When you’re done using your hand mixer, the first thing you should do is unplug it from the wall. This way, there’s no risk of electrocution or hurting fingers that might inadvertently get caught in the beaters. Check out the best hand mixer according to our Test Kitchen.

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While build-up like this may only need to be addressed when the appliance is desperate for a deep clean, there are a few other steps to hand mixer cleaning checklist.

What to Clean After Each Use

It’s best to clean the beaters sooner rather than later so the batter doesn’t have a chance to adhere to them. If you plan on running the dishwasher soon, you can put them there, but it’s easier to soak them in warm, soapy water and wipe them off. Regardless, you should always eject and clean them; leaving dirty beaters in your mixer puts you at risk for permanently stuck blades.

What to Clean Occasionally

Have some batter-spatter? Just wipe down the outside of the mixer with a damp sponge or cloth, scrubbing gently to remove any stuck-on bits. Make sure the sponge isn’t too wet—you don’t want to send water into the motor, as this can cause the hand mixer to malfunction.

Note: Never submerge your mixer in water. This can ruin the motor for good.

You should also wipe down the cord since batter sometimes flies up and out of the mixing bowl. This step shouldn’t be skipped! It only takes a minute.

It doesn’t take long to properly clean your hand mixer. Plus, when you consistently follow these steps, your mixer will have a long and useful life during which you can even make ice cream. (Seriously!)

Grace Mannon
Grace is a full-time mom with a Master's degree in Food Science. She loves to experiment in the kitchen and writes about her hits (and misses) on her blog, A Southern Grace.