We recommend descaling (cleaning) your Babycook® reservoir every 6-8 uses (more frequently if you live in an area with mineral rich water, as non-toxic limescale build-up tends to build up faster). The Babycook® Pro and Pro 2 X's steam light will turn red as a recommended cleaning alert (or "cycle counter"), but unfortunately the Classic does not have this feature. Should you ever notice your steam cycles running shorter than usual or there is water remaining in the reservoir after the steam cycle completes, it is time to descale your machine.
Please follow these steps to descale your Babycook reservoir:
1) Unplug appliance and let cool, descaling is done when the appliance is cold
2) Pour a mixture of 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar (or for a more stubborn build-up 1 full cup of white distilled vinegar) into the reservoir and let it sit overnight or for up to 24 hours
3) Pour out the vinegar by tipping appliance oven sink
4) Repeat as many times as necessary until clean (check inside after each soak by using a small flashlight or your cell phone)
5) Once clean, run 2 steam cycles with plain water using water level 3 to rinse out the vinegar
6) Clean accessories with warm soapy water
If you find that you have a more stubborn organic build-up in your reservoir that cannot be removed with vinegar, an alternative method is cleaning with lemon juice. For instructions on how to clean your Babycook reservoir with lemon juice, please click here.
*Be sure not to run the cooking cycle until the reservoir is completely clean. Otherwise, you are just "baking" the build-up onto the sides of the reservoir.
NOTE - If the reservoir appears discolored but there is no visible build-up on the surface, descaling is not necessary (as this discoloration cannot be removed).