How-To & Diy

DIY: Cleaning Your KitchenAid

June  7, 2012

Maybe your KitchenAid mixer -- that most beloved of kitchen tools -- has started making funny noises when you whip up a batch of pizza dough. Maybe you nabbed yours from your mom's basement, where it hadn't been used since burnt sienna was a popular tile color. Or maybe -- like me -- you found your KitchenAid on the sidewalk while walking to dinner one day. (True story!)

In any case, check your warranty at the door and roll up your sleeves: it's time for your KitchenAid to get an oil change! It takes just an hour and "yields a lot of satisfaction" according to these instructions from the blog Artisan Bread Baking. With clear instructions and plenty of photos, the tutorial has everything you need to know. Basically, you're removing the mixer apparatus, cleaning it, re-lubricating it, and putting it all back together -- easy enough, right?

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Alicia V. May 28, 2013
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garlic&lemon June 10, 2012
Thank you SO much for this post! I have had my Kitchen Aid mixer for at least 30 years (a gift from my wonderful mother-in-law) and have never had it serviced. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I had a vague notion that cleaning and lubing might be a good idea, but it never actually came to the fore. Now I will definitely clean that puppy and check the fail-safe part to see if it is still good. The mixer has just started making some "straining" noise. Since that is just a $20 part, I will probably just order the part from Sears before doing the tune up. Thank you, thank you!