Eggs are a healthy option for your meals no matter what time of the day that you eat them. They’re full of vitamins, nutrients, and healthy proteins and fats. If you love eggs, chances are you have an egg cooker. But you might be wondering, “How do I clean my egg cooker?” Well, this guide will teach you exactly how to clean your egg cooker!
This guide is broken down into several parts:
1. Make sure your egg cooker is turned off and unplugged from the socket
2. Separate and wash the pieces of the egg cooker
3. Cleaning the heating base of your egg cooker
4. Cleaning deposits in your egg cooker.
1. Make sure your egg cooker is turned off and unplugged from the socket.
You might not think this is a big deal, but this is the first and foremost step of cleaning any electrical kitchen appliance: never clean or handle electrical appliances with water if they are still plugged and running. It’s simply too dangerous to risk the possibility of getting electrocuted when there is a simple way of making it safe by simply unplugging the device.
Be sure that the egg cooker has completely cooled since you last used it, as it is still possible to burn yourself on the heating plate if you are not careful.
2. Separate and wash the pieces of the egg cooker.
If you have an egg cooker with multiple pieces for cooking different types of eggs, then this is going to be your next step. You will want to take out these egg cooking pieces and wash them individually and manually with soap and water.
Be sure to wash these plastic pieces carefully by using the soft end of the sponge and not the scouring pad as this is more likely to damage your egg-cooking parts by scratching them. These pieces are safe to submerge under water and rinse. After washing these pieces, then you may simply leave them on the dish rack to dry before placing them back in the egg cooker.
A word of warning though, the heating base is NOT – I repeat NOT – to be submerged in water! Cleaning the heating base will be discussed in the next section of the guide!
3. Cleaning the heating base of your egg cooker.
Now we get to the heating base of your egg cooker. Like I said before, this part of your egg cooker is not to be submerged in water! Unless the manufacturer specifically wrote it in the manual that the cooker is waterproof, assume that it is not waterproof. This means no placing it in the dishwasher or placing it under a running faucet.
Instead, you may use a soapy sponge to clean the heating base of the egg and scrub it with the soft part of the sponge. You may use the scouring pad to clean especially tough stains that may gather on the heating base. Be careful though, as being too vigorous with the scouring pad may scratch the metal surface.
After you have sufficiently cleaned the base with soap, you may use a damp, cotton cloth to clean the soap away. If your cotton cloth gets too soapy, simply rinse the soap off and resume wiping the bottom of the heating apparatus. You may also use the damp cloth to wipe the outside of the egg cooker.
After you sufficiently wiping down your egg cooker with your damp cloth, you may use a dry cloth to wipe it dry. You may use a microfiber cloth as a substitute for the cotton cloth as well!
4. Cleaning deposits in your egg cooker.
If you live in a location with hard tap water, then this section is especially for you. Hard water is water with a high mineral content and especially affects appliances that involve high temperatures, such as kettles, water heaters, and yes, even your egg cooker!
If you are not careful, mineral “scales” will deposit and begin to build up on your heating base. You might not think that it’s a problem, but these deposits will affect the performance of your device and may affect the quality of the eggs that are cooked inside of them! So as you can tell, cleaning this is important. Thankfully, the solution is simple: use vinegar!
To clean your heating pad from these minerals, follow these steps
First, you can use regular vinegar. Fill the bottom of the heating pad so that the deposits of are fully covered by the vinegar.
Secondly, place any plastic pieces that have deposits inside the egg cooker so that the vinegar can clean those pieces as well.
Third, cover the egg cooker with its own cover before plugging and turning the egg cooker on
Fourth, wait for the vinegar to start boiling and wait for about 5 minutes or until the egg cooker turns off by itself
Finally, open up the egg cooker and see your pieces and heating pad free of the deposits! If there are still bits of mineral left on the pieces, a good scrub with a sponge should remove them as the vinegar has softened them up considerably. Afterwards, simply follow the usual steps mentioned above on cleaning your machine to make sure that the vinegar will not stick to your apparatus and you’ll be done!
Cleaning your egg cooker doesn’t have to be a slog, and is much easier than you think it is! With the right materials just remember
1. Make sure your egg cooker is turned off and unplugged from the socket BEFORE cleaning
2. Separate the pieces of the egg cooker and wash them.
3. Clean the heating base of your egg cooker with a combination of sponges and damp microfiber cloth
4. Use vinegar to clean up mineral deposits from your egg cooker
By following these steps, you’ll preserve the lifespan of your egg cooker ensuring that it will be making eggs for a long time!