How to Maintain an Ice Cream Machine


One question that has come up also on numerous occasions in the community is how to maintain an ice cream machine so if this is something you need to know, then take a quick look throughout this post that will help you get the job done quickly and effectively.

On-going Maintenance Checks…

  • Check the condenser coil internally on a regular basis and wipe down with a damp cloth if it has a build up of dirt or grease but make sure to cover any electrical parts first.
  • Check the drive belts internally and tighten if needed as they may get somewhat looser over time.
  • Check that the drive pulleys are aligned together and adjust if needed
  • It is recommended that you lubricate any of the parts stated by the specifications found in the manufacturers manual. An NSF approved food grade lubricant should be used when taking on this task.
  • Ensure that the machine is kept thoroughly cleaned at all times after each individual use.

Guide to Cleaning and Maintaining Your Ice Cream Machine Maker…

Power Down

First thing to do before maintaining your ice crema machine to make sure that the appliance has been plugged out and powered down.

Disassemble the Removable Parts

Once you have finished making your ice cream and have enjoyed the pleasures associated with them, the first thing you should do is remove all the removable parts in the Ice cream machine and wash them out independently and thoroughly.

Never throw the instruction manual away and keep for future reference and use it as a guide to show you which parts need to be removed as part of the cleaning process.

Clear Out and Empty

Next you will need to take on the first task of clearing out all the ice cream leftover and scrap and empty out any hard pieces that may be too stubborn to remove with a damp cloth. Get a kitchen utensil to scrap out any leftovers in the hard to reach places and make sure the freezing compartment is now completely cleared.

All the removable parts that come in contact with the ice cream need to be washed thoroughly with soap water. Then make sure to rinse all the parts in clear water to remove any traces of suds or soap.

Scrub and Sanitize

Once all the Ice cream had been completely removed and flushed out and all you see is clear water, take on the task of scrubbing the parts that are in contact with the ice cream and then sanitizing all the parts. This also includes the freezer compartment.

All the parts can then be added to the sink in hot water, add a small quantity of disinfectant or bleach such as a tablespoon and make sure to wear protective gloves and then mix briefly and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. This will kill and bacteria that will have remained after the soap scrubbing. After 10 to 15 minutes, rinse them again in hot water and let them sit on the dish rack to dry.

Reassemble of Removable Parts:

Once dry all the removable parts can be attached again back to their original positions and you are good to go. Please use a hand towel first to make sure they are 100% moisture free.

Consistency of Cleaning

Don’t let the ice cream machine sit overnight with left over ice cream – get into the habit of cleaning the appliance once you have finished using it. This will prevent any build up of bacteria within the appliance that could potentially harm you when you decide to use it again.


Please be aware also that a selection of Ice Cream Makers which are very popular at present are also outlined below. If you wish, feel free to view larger or view stocks by clicking on any of the images provided below…

Finally, it would be greatly appreciated by the community if you can share your own tips of maintaining 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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