Tips On How To Clean and Maintain a Milk Frother

Milk frothers come in three main styles. You have the electrical ones which are the most common, the hand pump milk frothers, and the battery operated milk frothers.

Each milk frother requires a different kind of cleaning process. Cleaning, although its never everyone’s favorite thing to do, is a necessary process to keeping your milk frother in good working order for a long time.

You do not want to leave residue from the last milk froth that might alter the taste of the next morning’s milk froth. Once you get into the habit of cleaning each type of milk frother, you won’t even think about it. Keeping up with the maintenance of your milk frother will benefit you when using your milk frother.

Cleaning Tips For Electrical Milk Frother

Yes, the electrical milk frother is one of the best options for making delicious milk froth, but the cleaning process takes a little bit of effort. It is nice to put an item in the dishwasher and have the dishwasher clean the item for you. This does save time.The electrical milk frother have electrical parts that can not go in the dishwasher so cleaning is a bit different for these machines. Cleaning an electrical milk frother requires hand cleaning and washing. At first it might seem a little time consuming but once in the habit, you won’t think too much of it.

Soap and Water

The easiest and best way to clean a milk frother is to do two things immediately after you have made your delicious froth. One is pour a dime size amount of dish soap into your frother and add warm water to the frother.

You will then swish the water around to clean as much of the milk residue out as you can. You can also use a soft sponge as well and sponge around the inside of the milk frother. You will then put fresh water into the milk frother and make sure that all the soap is out of the milk frother. There is one more step after this.

Wipe Out

The next step is crucial. You want to use a clean paper towel and wipe out any milk residue you might have missed in the water cleaning process. This not only dries the milk frother, but it also ensures that there will not be any left over milk that might cause a smell or aftertaste in your next milk froth.

This two step process works well to keep your milk frother clean and working well for a long period of time.

The Coil 

The coil is the hardest part of the milk frothing parts to clean because there is very little space in between each coil. You want to make sure that you get all the milk off the coil right away. The torture is if the milk dries. It can take a little extra elbow grease to get the milk off.

All cleaning is solvable with the electrical frothers; you have to determine if you want to make the cleaning process as easy as possible. You probably have better things to do.

The Outside

The outside of the electrical frothers are usually stainless steel. You can use a nice non abrasive cloth and a stainless steel cleaner if you would like. You can just wipe down the outside of the milk frother. You can also use soap and water if you would like and dry with a clean paper towel. 

Cleaning Tips For Hand Pump Milk Frothers

The nice thing about hand pumped frothers is the clean up. Most hand pumped milk frothers can be taken apart meaning the top is taken out of the bottom and both can be placed on the top rack of the dishwasher and run through a dishwasher cycle. This makes it much easier than the electrical milk frothers.

The electrical milk frothers you have to hand clean. You can also hand clean the hand pumped frothers as well if you want. It is just nice to have the option of being able to put the parts in the dishwasher.

Saving You Step 

Being able to put your hand pumped milk frother in the dishwasher saves you the step of having to wipe it out. You can analyze the process and say that you have to put forth effort to pump the frother to get the milk frother. The choice is your.

Would you rather put forth effort hand pumping milk to get a delicious milk froth or would you rather spend time cleaning out the electrical milk frother after you have made your delicious milk froth. The answer to this question will depend on each individual and what they are comfortable with.

Cleaning Tips For Battery Operated Milk Frothers

Battery operated milk frothers are also milk frothers you can not put into the dishwasher. These milk frothers you have to also hand clean. An easy way to clean these milk frothers is to get a high glass or something that has a small circumference and high walls like a vase. You will fill this a quarter of the way with water and a little soap.You then want place the coil down into the water. You will put it most of the way because you do not want the water to go splashing everywhere. This is the reason you only put a quarter amount of water. Turn the milk frother on low and thoroughly clean the milk off the coil.

Wipe Clean 

It is important also to wipe the battery operated milk frother with a clean paper towel when you are done. This will ensure and milk residue does not linger around. Any left over milk tends to create a bad smell and a bad taste to your next milk froth.


Having a delicious cup of coffee with excellent stiff whipped milk froth does not come without a little effort. A small step to clean your milk frother will make sure your next milk froth is just as good as the first one. Keeping your milk frother clean and using the best milk you can buy is the best way to have an amazing morning coffee experience.

Chef Albert
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