A friend bought a pasta machine after she heard how easy it is to make homemade pasta using a pasta maker. Before reading the instructions, she thought she can wash the machine. No, you cannot wash a pasta machine because there are lots of parts and gears and whatnots in there. It will turn rusty in the insides eventhough the exterior is made of steel.
According to the little slip of paper with the instructions on how to clean a pasta machine, they suggested brushing off the dough and flour with a soft brush. Then, let it air dry and store. Next, when you want to make pasta again, just take a small piece of the dough and roll them through the machine on different settings. Roll them through several times and if there are any dirts, they will come out with the dough.
Discard the dough because it is probably dirty.
See? So easy, no? There are some people who actually suggested taking the machine apart with screw driver and stuffs! That’s crazy because the machine needs precision to operate properly. Just leave it alone, don’t ever take it apart to wash.
However, if you are buying a new pasta machine, do make sure that there is a guarantee that it won’t rust. Most of the Italian brand pasta makers are of good quality, anyway.