3 Ways to Clean a Blender
If you love making homemade smoothies, sauces, desserts, or even vegetable rice, then you probably use a blender very often. While it’s definitely one of the most convenient ways to do this, it can also be challenging and downright frustrating to clean. It doesn’t need to be, though, and as long as you get on it immediately, even when you can’t be bothered, you can enjoy a fully functioning blender for many years to come. Because we’re dedicated to giving you all the best homeware advice, here are 3 ways to clean a blender.
What to Clean
There are three primary parts of your blender that demand attention. These are:
- The carafe
- The base
- The blades
How to Clean the Carafe
- Blend Dish Soap
Because blenders can be too tight to scrub properly, the most efficient way to clean the carafe is by filling it halfway with water and dish soap. Make sure the lid is secure and switch it onto the lowest setting. Leave it running for about a minute and then rinse it out.
- Remove Stains with Lemon
If there are any stains, you can use the same method, but also add coarsely chopped lemon from the fridge to target stubborn stains around the side. White vinegar is another useful option if you don’t have any lemons lying around.
A rough sponge is also useful for removing stains, but you could also use a toothbrush to get to tighter and angled corners.
- Soak Overnight (If Very Dirty)
Combine baking soda, vinegar and dish soap with hot water and fill the carafe to half way. Switch the blender on until sudsy to mix and then leave it overnight.
- Air Dry
When it’s satisfactorily clean, turn the carafe upside down on top of a kitchen towel and leave it to air dry.
How to Clean the Base
- Clean Before It Dries
After using your blender, wipe away spilled ingredients straight away. Blenders are more difficult to clean once these are caked-on.
- Wipe Down
Take a sponge or dishcloth soaked in warm water with soap and then wring it until it is just damp. When you have done this, wipe around the base targeting any spilled-over food and drink. It is essential that you do not try washing the whole thing because of electronics.
- Use Q-Tip On Buttons and Dials
The buttons and dials can be tricky to clean with a regular kitchen sponge. Use a Q-Tip dipped in rubbing alcohol to wipe away residue to prevent them jamming when you want to use the blender.
How to Clean the Blades
- Remove From the Base
Sometimes, blades are still dirty even after cleaning the carafe. To overcome this, remove them from the carafe and unscrew the blades. Wash the blades in warm soapy water and scrub with a toothbrush or sponge. If you find caked-on ingredients, then leave it to soak to weaken the hold.
- Polident Tablets
Polident tablets are an excellent alternative if the blades are especially dirty. Again, remove them from the blender jug and submerge the blades in water with a polident tablet or two. This should help in clearing away stubborn stains, and if there is anything left, you should be able to wipe them away with a toothbrush.
- Lubricate Gasket
As you’re putting everything back together, use olive oil or vegetable oil and spread it around the gasket, or rubber ring that separates the jug section from the base. Wipe the oil around until it is sufficiently covered.
Blenders don’t need to be that cumbersome to clean, and with this advice, making sure you clean everything is vital. It may take a few more minutes once you’re finished with it, but it will be more than worth it in the long run.