You can keep your blender in good working condition with these tips for deep cleaning your blender.
It's that time of year again where smoothies are a great way to start your morning and your blender will be getting a lot of use. If you have a New Year's resolution to eat healthier, your blender will really come in handy. No matter what kind of blender you have, it's important to keep it clean and in good running condition. Here are some tips for deep cleaning your blender.
Tips for Deep Cleaning Your Blender
Start by unplugging and disassembling it – Before you start any deep cleaning project make sure to unplug your blender. Take all the parts out that you can so that you can deep clean each one. I like to have a towel nearby that I can place all of my clean parts on.
Use a toothbrush to clean all the nooks and crannies – I always keep old toothbrushes around for cleaning tight spaces. I also find that Q-tips work well when getting in those small spots. Just add a bit of dish soap to your toothbrush or Q-tip and clean all the little areas that are exposed. These are also great for using underneath your blades if your blender has them.
Make sure to clean the blades with care – Use the utmost care when cleaning the blades. I like to wear dishwashing gloves when cleaning the blades of my blender to avoid cuts. Make sure you clean underneath the blades as this is often a forgotten area.
Get stains and smells out of your blender jar with lemon juice and vinegar – If the blender jar has stains or food stuck to the sides, I like to make a dry paste out of baking soda and scrub these areas first. Then I rinse it out with water and use lemon juice or vinegar to remove odors. You can either squeeze 1 lemon into the jar or add one cup of vinegar. Put your blender on the motor, place the lid on top, and run it for 30 seconds. Finally, rinse out the lemon juice or vinegar.
Don’t ignore the buttons – Don't forget to clean the buttons and the sides, bottom, and lid of your blender. If you have actual buttons make sure to use a toothbrush in those areas.
Run through the dishwasher to rinse – Most blenders allow you to run all parts through the dishwasher, except for the moving parts, such as the motor. When you are done detailing each part, make sure you run it through the dishwasher as a final clean to rinse off any soap residue or stuck on food.