If your family members tend to be herbivores, the OXO salad spinner can be a useful tool for quickly cleaning and drying salad greens and herbs. The spinner basket is similar to a colander and rests inside a clear bowl that doubles as a serving container. Because the spinner basket is porous and salad leaves potentially cling to the holes, cleaning the gadget requires a bit of time and patience.
Pour a generous amount of liquid dish detergent into the salad spinner. Use a detergent that fights grease to eliminate remnants of oils and salad dressing from the spinner basket and bowl.
Run warm water into the spinner until it is at least half-full. Place the lid of the salad spinner on the contraption.
Quickly push the pump down repeatedly to make the spinner basket spin within the bowl. Spinning the basket in the water while emptying loosens food remnants and forces them out of the basket.
Allow the spinner basket to come to a stop. Pour water out of the salad spinner.
Press button to remove underside of the clear lid for cleaning. Wash both pieces of the lid with standard dishwashing liquid, then rinse and set aside to dry.
Dampen the rough side of a sponge. Add a small amount of dish washing detergent if desired. Swipe the sponge around the salad spinner basket, concentrating on any remaining food particles that are stuck in the holes of the basket.
Do a final rinse to remove food particles and dish soap from the spinner basket and the bowl. Dry all pieces of the salad spinner and the two separated lid pieces.
Take the spinner basket out of the clear salad bowl and disassemble the clear lid.
Place all contents, including the lid, basket and bowl in the top rack of the dishwasher. Run the dishwasher on a normal cycle, using standard detergent.
Dry all components of the spinner entirely when the dishwashing cycle is complete, either by hand or through the dishwasher's drying feature.