A blender is one of the most useful appliances in any kitchen. It can be used for everything from making smoothies to blending ingredients for soups and sauces.
If you’re like most people, you use your blender on a daily basis. Whether it’s for smoothies, protein shakes, or dips, a clean blender is a must. But cleaning a blender can be tricky – especially if you don’t know how to do it properly. So today, we’re going to show you how to clean a blender in just a few easy steps. Stay tuned!
Cleaning the Main Jar
- Start with filling the jar halfway with warm water.
- Add a few drops of liquid dishwasher soap.
- Run the blender for a minute on low setting. Make sure the lid is proper and secure else you will have soapy water everywhere and you will be cleaning your counter afterwards.
- Pour out the soapy water and rinse the jar using fresh tap water.
Cleaning the Jar Using Lemon
When your blender carafe has stains on the interior, this method will proof to be the most effective. Fill the jar halfway with water.
- Add a few drops of liquid soap, and half chopped lemon.
- Place the lid, and run the blender for a minute or two. Turn off the machine, and rinse the jar clean with fresh tap water. The jar will look as fresh as a new one. In absence of lemon in the kitchen, use a few drops of white vinegar and it will do the job just fine.
Cleaning the Jar Using Scrub
You can also use scrub, or tooth brush to get rid of stubborn stains in the main pitcher. Add warm water, a few drops of liquid dishwasher and run it for a minute. Then, rub the stains using the tool you’ve made available such as tooth brush or scrub until they disappear.
Cleaning the Blender Base
Most blenders come with dishwasher safe jars these days but you can’t put the blender base into the dishwasher, can you? The blender base can easily be hand-cleaned by following these easy steps.
- Soak a soft sponge or microfiber cloth in warm soapy water.
- Wring it until it is damp and gently rub the microfiber cloth over the blender base to clean any stains of food left overs.
Do not wash the base because it houses the electronic components and control system for the blender. Clean the exterior and it is highly recommended not to submerge the blender base in water.
Cleaning the Base Before Drying it
When we talk about cleaning a blender, cleaning the base is the most difficult part especially when the liquids have caked onto the exterior. Some stubborn and sticky food ingredients are even harder to wipe off.
If you notice gunk build up around the controls and buttons, it is hard to get rid of it with damp cloth or sponge. However, using Q-tip is a nice tip! Dip it in rubbing alcohol and wipe around the buttons where you see gunk buildup. It will easily clean any residues. The rubbing alcohol will dry out quickly however, if you notice any moisture, wipe it clean with a dry microfiber cloth.
Cleaning the Blade Assembly
Blades are usually made of stainless steel and nothing sticks to them. But if the blades are still dirty after you’ve cleaned the jar by using warm soapy water, you are required to hand-wash them separately with hot soapy water. You can scrub the blades using a sponge or microfiber cloth to remove the stubborn residue.
If the blades are extremely dirty and all the previous tips and tricks have failed to work, using polydent tablets is another option that you can try to clean the blades with. Remove the blades from the blender using proper tools and instructions given in the manual and submerge them in the water with a polydent tablet or two. This tablet will clear any stubborn stains.
In case you don’t know how to remove the blades assembly, you can add the warm water and one or two polydent tablets in the jar, and let the blades soak in for approximately an hour. For those who don’t know, polydent is tooth whitening antibacterial agent which you can easily find on any drug store.
When you are about to fix the blades back in the jug, spare a minute for the gasket which is this little plastic piece that separates the jug from the base. Use a Q-tip to pour some olive oil to make sure it remains flexible and works fine.
Why not keep your kitchen appliances nice and clean? I always struggle about how to properly maintain a blender, but now there’s no more need. These simple hacks will help you out. Which of the hack works best for you? If you still confused about how to clean a blender, let us know in the comment section and we’d love to help!