Cleaning your blender is as simple as throwing all of the parts in the dishwasher. Or is it? Many modern blenders come with a variety of extra parts and special features which can be very handy, but they may also make the task of cleaning your blender a little more difficult. If you don’t clean your blender properly after every use you will end up with accumulated food debris on the blade and in the blender housing that could impact future performance. You also run the risk of turning your blender into a breeding ground for bacteria. Do yourself a favor and learn how to properly clean your blender.
Tips for Cleaning Your Blender
Before you start cleaning your blender you need to make sure it is completely empty. Check the blade for lodged food and use the pulse features if you need to dislodge something. After you’ve ensured that your blender is completely empty, you need to turn it off and unplug it to ensure your safety during cleaning. Once the blender is turned off, you can remove the carafe from the housing and rinse it thoroughly with hot water. Depending what you used the blender for, this may be enough to get rid of any food residue that remains inside the blender. If not, you may need to take your cleaning a step further by filling the blender halfway with warm water and adding a few drops of dishwashing liquid. Plug the blender back in and run it on high speed for 20 to 30 seconds to clean out any remaining food residue from the blades and from the blender carafe.
After you’ve removed all traces of food residue from the blender, then you need to take it apart and clean it thoroughly. Different blenders are assembled differently. In some cases you will be able to remove the blade from the bottom of the blender carafe by unscrewing the bottom portion. Some blenders have a fixed blade, so you won’t be able to remove it. Once you have disassembled the blender, place all of the parts in a sink filled with warm soapy water. Use a dish rag or a soft sponge to clean the individual parts, then rinse with warm water and let dry. Make sure you wait until all the pieces are completely dry before you reassemble the blender and put it away.
If you have left your blender sitting on the counter or in the sink for a few hours, the food has probably dried inside the blender and it will be a little more difficult to clean. Your best bet is to fill the blender about halfway with warm soapy water and add a tablespoon of white vinegar. Run the blender on high speed for 30 to 60 seconds then check to see if most of the stuck-on food has been released. If it hasn’t, you might need to let the blender soak in soapy water overnight or you might need to go in by hand with a scrub brush or sponge. Adding a little oxygen bleach (the kind you use in your laundry) may also help to release stubborn stuck-on food.
Many blenders are dishwasher-safe, but you have to ask yourself whether your dishwasher will really do a good job in cleaning the blender. If your blender has small parts, it can be easy for food residue to remain stuck in cracks or crevices. Soaking your blender in soapy water before putting it in the dishwasher will help to prevent this from being a problem, but you still need to check your blender after washing it in the dishwasher to ensure that it is really clean. It is also important to note that washing your blender in the dishwasher can lead to rust or damage, so you might want to stick with hand washing. It might not be as quick or easy, but it will help to keep your blender in good working order for as long as possible.
It may take a little longer than just throwing everything in the dishwasher, but following the tips above will help to ensure that your blender is properly cleaned each and every time. Not only will this maximize the life of your blender, but it will also make sure that it is sanitary and safe the next time you want to use it.