Eating well— while important to our overall health— can certainly be perceived as a hassle given the prep and clean-up associated with it.  Kitchen tools like the OXO Salad Spinner bring great convenience, but you may be wondering, is it easy to clean and just how do I clean my OXO Salad Spinner lid?

The OXO Salad Spinner lid is very simple to clean! It can be cleaned by hand cleaning or simply put into the dishwasher.

We’re sure you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn’t love the modern conveniences available when preparing meals every day, knowing those conveniences are easily cleanable makes it that much more enticing.  Read on for details on how to ease the food prep pressure!

Why You Should Clean Your OXO Salad Spinner Regularly

Convenience is key when it comes to cooking and cleaning.  The OXO Salad Spinner is easy to use and offers options when it comes to cleaning.  But why is it important to clean it regularly?

Ensuring that you take the OXO Salad Spinner apart the right way for either cleaning method will ensure that the pieces and parts are properly cared for and are not damaged in the process so that your salad spinner will provide convenience for years to come.

To understand the right way to clean the OXO Salad Spinner for your own personal use – it’s important to understand just how the salad spinner works and what to look for when cleaning.  After all, a complete understanding of your kitchen tools will help you use, clean, and store them properly.

How Does the OXO Salad Spinner Work?

The OXO Salad Spinner is a convenient and easy to use tool that takes the guesswork out of getting the water out of your lettuce varieties, herbs and other vegetables – no more wasteful, time consuming and messy paper towel drying necessary!

There are a lot of great tutorials online like this one that will help guide you through properly using the OXO salad spinner.

We’ve compiled the basic steps below:

  1. Take the basket out.
  2. Use the basket as a colander to rinse the food.
  3. Drain the lettuce.
  4. Put the basket with lettuce into the bowl.
  5. Put the lid on the bowl to close and seal the salad spinner.
  6. Pump the lid a few times to get it going, when you’ve s

Now that you’ve used your salad spinner – you may notice that water has found its way inside the top, which appears to be sealed.  After a few uses, you will see it start to accumulate if you don’t properly clean it after each use. The first step is proper lid disassembly.

How Do I Clean the OXO Salad Spinner? 

There are two simple methods for cleaning the OXO Salad Spinner— by hand and in the dishwasher.  Neither way is more productive, superior, or more successful than the other, it’s truly about what works for you.

Using the Dishwasher

As OXO shares in the tutorial linked above, once disassembled, the lid is dishwasher safe, as long as it is put into the top rack of the dishwasher. Note that putting in the bottom rack may cause damage.

Washing by Hand

For those who prefer hand cleaning their dishes or may not have a dishwasher available, cleaning is simple. 

We recommend cleaning the unit itself prior to disassembling the lid for the deeper clean:

  1. Fill the salad spinner with warm water
  2. Add a kitchen dish soap with grease-fighting ability
  3. Put the basked in the bowl, put the lid on and give a few pumps – just like you’re spinning that lettuce
  4. Take the lid off, empty, rinse and dry the spinner.  

Once complete, you’re ready to disassemble the lid for cleaning!

How Do I Take Apart the OXO Salad Spinner Lid to Clean it?

While it appears to be sealed permanently, the lid is actually quite easy to separate for cleaning.  No need to strong arm the lid or play with clips and clasps – no tools are necessary to disassemble the lid for cleaning.

To start:

  1. Hold the lid pump in your primary hand
  2. Hold the underside in your other hand.  
  3. With a firm grip, you should be able to easily pull apart to separate the two pieces.

Now that the lid is separated – it’s just about choosing the right cleaning method for you. Remember that when hand washing – grease fighting dish soap will keep it easy; and in the dishwasher – the lid is not bottom rack safe – keep it in that upper rack.


Cleaning the OXO Salad Spinner is an important part of its use to ensure it provides years of convenient use for you and your family. Cleaning the lid is as simple as disassembling and then hand washing or putting it in the dishwasher for cleaning.