How to Clean a Milk Frother

Milk frothers come in different shapes, sizes, and types to help users prepare their favorite drinks at home. Some even have various functions that make it a perfect investment in every home.

After using these machines, it is important to clean them properly so they last for a long time, and consistently make excellent froth for your coffee or hot chocolate.

Furthermore, it is important that you carefully clean them based on the instructions included with the machine. This ensures you follow directions based on the type of frother you own. If cleaning is done incorrectly, it may affect the performance and the durability.

Below are some general tips and things to remember when cleaning milk frothers based on their type.

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How to Clean an Electric Milk Frother

  • Before cleaning the frother, detach the pitcher from its power base. In most cases, both the pitcher and base are not dishwasher safe, but you can check your specific model for that key information.  Since it involves electrical components, do not immerse these frothers in water.
  • Make sure the frother and its parts are cool before safely removing the removable parts to clean separately. After cooled, clean with warm running water.
  • To clean the milk that formed in certain areas, its best to use a smooth, moist cloth with non-abrasive detergent on it. Scrub the affected area gently.
  • Detach the whisk and frothing disk. Clean with soap and water.
  • If there is a seal on your frother, remove it and rinse the part with warm soapy water. You should also use hot water and a clean fabric to clean the pitcher.
  • If you see any stains, you can clean them off with detergent, and then rinse properly.
  • For the lid, holder, whisks and other parts, clean them using warm water and a mild detergent solution. It is important to remove all substances stuck to these parts.
  • For the exterior, especially for those with stainless steel layers, it’s best to use a soft cloth to clean and protect it from scratches or tarnish. Do not use soap or other chemicals as it may cause rust and discoloration.
  • Dry your frother with a cloth before storing.

For stovetop steamer milk frothers

  • First, remove the knob and head before cleaning them with a warm soapy solution. After cleaning these parts, rinse them thoroughly.
  • To remove the clogs and other substances in the steam valve, open the steam knob to allow steam to come out and clean all the holes.
  • This type of milk frother should not be cleaned with a dishwasher given the materials it is made from. It is best to clean it with a clean cloth.
  • If you see any lime scale deposits at the bottom of your frother, you can use citric acid or a lemon and vinegar solution to get rid of it. Let the solution stand for a few hours and clean it with running water.
  • To prevent dried milk from remaining on your frother, soak the steamer part of the frother in a detergent solution to allow the solution to remove the dry milk. Once done, just wipe it with moist cloth.

For handheld milk frothers

  • Clean the whip with soap or detergent, then clean it with warm water and wipe it dry with cloth. Do not use a dishwasher to clean this part.
  • If there is a buildup of milk or other substances on the whip, put warm water and a soap solution in a cup/bowl and dip it in. While in the cup/bowl, use the pumper to make suds to get the buildup removed. If your handheld frother is electric, turn on the frother to clean the moving parts. Rinse it afterwards and turn it on again to let the spinning whisk dry.
  • Use a damp cloth to clean the metallic, plastic or glass parts of the frother.
  • Do not let any water get to the handle as this is where the batteries and the machine is located. Just wipe this part clean with a damp cloth.
  • Once you clean the whisk, turn the frother on to let the whisk dry.

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