Many people shy away from purchasing a food processor because they thing that it’s going to be difficult to care for and clean, but that’s not actually the case. Processors are great, they can be used to knead breads, make dips, shred cheese, and many other things. What people tend to be most afraid of though is that the food they’re preparing is going to get stuck all over the appliance and no matter how hard they try, they’re never going to be able to get all the food off.
The great thing about food processors is that now, most all of the parts are dishwasher safe; you just need to make sure that when you’re putting them in the dishwasher that you only put the pieces on the top rack. The heat that comes off the bottom could actually warp and compromise the plastic. You also need to make sure that the bowl goes in the dishwasher upside down so that it can be properly cleaned.
If you’d prefer to wash all the parts yourself – maybe you don’t completely trust the dishwasher’s effectiveness or you just don’t have any more room in it for the pieces – you can easily wash the pieces yourself in a sink of hot soapy water. You’ll need to invest in a brush clean the tubes out properly though, you hand probably isn’t going to fit in the small space.
Keep in mind that if you choose to wash the pieces yourself, you need to be extremely careful because of all the blades and discs are incredibly sharp and you could easily slice your finger. The base of the appliance has the motor in it and shouldn’t ever be put in the sink or dishwasher. Instead, if you find that the base of your processor is starting to look dirty, simply wipe it down with a damp cloth.