How to Clean an Ice Cream Machine


One more question about ice cream machines that came up from the community is how to clean an Ice cream machine or what is the best way to clean an ice cream machine so if you need some help on this matter, then please take a quick read over this post to find out more.

The main reasons to make sure your ice cream machine is thoroughly cleaned is to prevent any build-up of bacteria, to keep it in top working condition and also to prevent any mix of flavors when you move from one batch to the next.

Cleaning Guide Tips for your Ice Cream Maker Machine

1, Health Codes

Please check your local health codes and ensure that you comply with the standards set. The health code will determine how regularly your ice cream machine needs to be cleaned which typically is every 3 days.

2, Safety Clothing

Make sure to get suitable clothing on for the cleaning task and also make sure to have rubber protective gloves.

3, Power Source

Please check the source of the power and make sure it is turned off unless you have a machine that has the built in washable system that can be programmed.

4, Removable Parts

Any removable parts that come in contact with Ice cream should be removed and separated.

5, Rinsing

Use warm water to rinse out all the heavy left-over particles and add all the removable parts to a sink of water. Clear out and flush out all of the ice cream mixture leftovers on all parts. Once flushed, all you should see coming out is clear water.

6, Cleaning Agent

Use soap if you need to with hot water and scrub away all remaining particles. Any soap or suds particles will need to be cleared out afterwards also so if you can source a cleaning agent that is specialized for this task such as Stera sheen green label, you don’t need to worry about clearing all the soap molecules or particles. If you cannot source a specialized cleaning agent like this – then just use standard soap and hot water but please bear in mind that soap only has limited capability in breaking down dairy fats.

7, Wash Cycles

If your machine has the ability to operate its own wash cycle, then make sure to follow the manufacturers instructions in their manual. Always remember to keep the manual in a safe place for future reference. Add the cleaning agent such as Stera sheen and then turn the wash cycle on. This is NSF certified and cal also be used as a final rinse sanitizer.

8, Sanitize

Once all the heavy particles have been removed, add a tablespoon of disinfectant or bleach and let it soak for approx. 10 to 15 minutes.  This will kill off any remaining bacteria or germs that may have been left behind. Then rinse again with warm water to remove the chemical and dry with a clean towel.

9, Application of Mixture

Add in the mixture to the hopper and let out a few ounces first to remove any cleaning solution that may be left behind in the machine afterwards.

10, Reassemble

Once completed cleaned, sanitized and dried, reassemble all the removable parts exactly as before and your ice cream maker is ready to go once again.

These steps are a guide and you should always read the specific cleaning instructions for your own home Ice cream maker to be sure that you have completed the job exactly as needed.


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Finally, it would be greatly appreciated by the community if you can share your own tips of cleaning your Ice Cream maker by leaving a comment in the comment box below – So that people in the community can learn also!

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