Many electric juicers operate by forcing fruit and vegetables through a wire mesh screen or filter. The juice flows through the tiny holes in the screen while the pulp is trapped, leaving you with a mostly pulp-free glass of juice. The only problem with juicer screens is that they can be a challenge to clean. Fruit and vegetable pulp may become trapped in the tiny holes and clog your filter, which can reduce the effectiveness of your juicer. Fortunately, a few tricks will help keep your filter clean and clear.
Empty the Screen
Disassemble your juicer as soon as you finish juicing to prevent the fruit or vegetable pulp from drying on the screen. Once the pulp dries, it will become more difficult to remove. While the pulp is still wet, you can empty it into a trash can or save it for cooking and baking purposes. Use a paper towel or a dish rag to wipe out as much of the pulp as possible before you begin cleaning.
Soak the Screen
The Oster company recommends soaking your juicer screen in a solution of 9 parts water and 1 part lemon juice. The lemon juice and hot water will help soften and break down excess fiber trapped in the screen. This fiber comes from the fruit and vegetables juiced in your juicer. If you allow the fiber to build up, it could clog the screen and prevent juice from flowing through the filter. According to Oster, a company that makes juicers, extremely ripe fruit produces more pulp and may clog up your screen faster than regular ripe fruit. You probably won't need to soak your juicer screen after every use, but if the pulp stubbornly clings to the screen or you notice a residue buildup, this can help get rid of it.
Scrub the Screen
Use a nylon brush to scrub your juicer screen until all visible fiber or pulp is removed. The Jack Lalanne juicer manual recommends scrubbing the screen under warm running water to help remove the pulp and any residue. When the screen is completely clean, water should flow smoothly through all of the tiny holes. If the screen is still clogged after scrubbing and soaking in lemon juice and hot water, you can use hot, soapy water to clean it. Rinse away all of the soap when you finish cleaning to prevent the soap from contaminating your juice the next time you use your juicer.