Meat Slicer Cleaning Instructions

People use meat slicers to cut raw or cooked cold or warm meat, processed meat products and other slice-able foods such as cheese. As bacteria can transfer from one food to another and to people as well as grow quickly on a meat slicer, sanitizing the slicer between cutting different foods and cleaning it thoroughly when you're finished using it is extremely important to protecting your health and the health of anyone that eats any food you slice on your meat slicer.

Cleaning Between Uses

Clean your meat slicer to keep bacteria from contaminating food products.
  1. Pour liquid sanitizer into a spray bottle. Add enough water to make a solution per the sanitizer's package instructions. If your sanitizer is already in a solution form and doesn't require water to dilute it, simply fill the bottle with the product.
  2. Turn off your meat slicer and unplug it from its power source.
  3. Put on a pair of cut-resistant gloves. Remove and dispose of any pieces of meat or other food on the slicer.
  4. Spray the slicer with sanitizing solution and follow the package wait times -- depending on the strength of solution -- to make certain that it has killed any bacteria present. After the wait period ends, wipe the sanitizer completely from all surfaces with a damp, lint-free microfiber cloth. Air-dry or wipe-dry your slicer.
  5. Plug the slicer in and turn it back on. Begin slicing the next meat or other food.

Cleaning After Last Use

  1. Prepare liquid sanitizer solution in a spray bottle. Fill a clean sink with hot water and enough mild detergent to make the water soapy. Fill another clean sink or bucket with sanitizer solution.
  2. Shut off and unplug your slicer after you're completely finished using it for the day. Put on your cut-resistant gloves and remove any pieces of food from the slicer.
  3. Disassemble the slicer. Typically, this involves removing the feeder tray, pusher, blade cover/guard and blade.
  4. Place the parts -- except for the blade -- carefully in the sink of hot water to soak. Set the blade to the side.
  5. Swish a lint-free microfiber cloth in the soapy water and squeeze out any excess water. Wipe your meat slicer's handles, main body and electrical cord with the soapy cloth. Rinse the areas thoroughly with a damp cloth to remove soapy residue.
  6. Spray sanitizing solution onto the handles, body and electrical cord of the slicer. Follow the package wait times, depending on the strength of the solution, and then rinse the sanitizer from the surfaces with a hot, damp cloth. Wipe dry these areas when finished.
  7. Wash the slicer parts in the sink of soapy water with a clean microfiber cloth. Rinse the parts thoroughly in hot water and then transfer the parts to the sanitizing solution in the sink or bucket. Repeat the process carefully with the blade.
  8. Wait for the solution to kill any bacteria and then rinse the parts thoroughly with hot water. Dry the parts with a cloth. Reassemble and store your slicer.

Things You Will Need

  • Liquid sanitizer
  • Spray bottle
  • Cut-resistant gloves
  • Lint-free microfiber cloths
  • Mild detergent
  • Bucket (optional)


  • If your meat slicer has dishwasher-safe parts, wash the parts using the normal cycle set to high heat and/or the sanitation cycle.
  • If you need to clean a handheld electric meat slicer, turn off and unplug the slicer. Wipe the blade, handle and cord with a hot, soapy cloth. Wipe with a cloth dampened with sanitizing solution. Rinse with a hot, damp, water-only cloth. Wipe all surfaces thoroughly dry.


  • Never immerse your slicer's motor in water.

About the Author

Based in Southern Pennsylvania, Irene A. Blake has been writing on a wide range of topics for over a decade. Her work has appeared in projects by The National Network for Artist Placement, the-phone-book Limited and GateHouse Media. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Shippensburg University.

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