Cleaning the parts of a Nesco food dehydrator requires soaking the trays in warm water and wiping down the outside of the power unit with a damp rag. The power unit should never be immersed in water.
Cleaning a Nesco food dehydrator requires removing the dehydrator trays from the base unit and placing them in a sink of warm, soapy water. Only mild detergent should be used, and abrasive cleaners should be avoided. If there is stuck-on food, a soft-bristled brush should be used while cleaning to prevent scratches. Scouring pads or utensils should never be used to pry away dried-on food. The trays are dishwasher-safe as long as they are placed in the top rack of the dishwasher and removed before the drying cycle.
To clean the power unit, which consists of the power head and base unit into which the trays slide, owners should first unplug it and then wet a cloth with warm, soapy water. The cloth should be squeezed and then used to rub the unit down.
The Nesco food dehydrator is a cylindrically shaped appliance with concentric rings and trays. The rings swivel out for easy food placement. The top of the dehydrator contains the temperature settings.