We often get asked how we clean the dies for our pasta maker. The answer is simpler than you might think. We wash off any exterior dough and then soak them in water until the next use. Picking and poking at bronze dies with brushes and scrubbies is a bad idea. It can etch and scratch the dies and this will adversely affect the extruded pasta. Soaking the used dies in water keeps the dough stuck in the nooks and crannies soft, so that the next time you use one the new dough pushes out the old. Discard it and then keep going. This method won't affect the new batch of pasta or damage the die in any way. As you store the dies you certainly want to change the water as it turns cloudy and keep them in a relatively cool spot, but overall maintenance is simple just soak and go.