Blenders can quickly become dirty, inside and out, because of the ingredients used in making smoothies, nut butters and juices. There’s likely to be sticky bits of peanut butter on the jar or the remains of fruit juices becoming watery at its bottom. Whatever you’ve been making in the blender, you should immediately clean it afterwards – it will be easier to clean that way.
But if you’re in a hurry, you can fill it with soap and tap water, let it sit for a few hours, and clean it when you’re ready. But don’t clean it a week after last using it since mold can become a real issue. You don’t want to eat nut butters and drink smoothies with a funny taste and look to them, no thanks to the mold buildup, not to mention that you can get sick from it.
Gather the Cleaning Supplies
All of the things you will need in cleaning your blender are in your kitchen.
- Tap water (Warm water may be used in case of stubborn stains)
- Mild dish washing soap (Laundry detergent isn’t advised because of the strong smell)
- Baking soda, lemon or vinegar
- Sponge, if necessary
- Clean cloth
Extremely Important: Always check the user’s instructions manual before cleaning your blender. You can then determine whether it has a self-cleaning function, which means no disassembly necessary, or it should be dismantled prior to cleaning.
Some blenders cannot be dismantled with standard home repair tools, thus, the self-cleaning function. But these blenders are designed to prevent dirt, debris and mold accumulation at the jar’s bottom for as long as these are immediately cleaned after each use.
For Self-cleaning Blenders
There are only a few steps in cleaning blenders with a self-cleaning function.
You may also add half of a lemon, or a half-cup of baking soda, or a cup of white vinegar to the water-detergent liquid mix. It will make the jar smell fresher and look cleaner, but be sure to rinse the jar with another water-detergent liquid mix after soaking for a few hours.
Be sure to clean the lid, too. You can place it under running water until it’s clean or wash it by hand before letting it air dry alongside the jar.
For Standard Blenders
If your blender can be dismantled or if it doesn’t have a self-cleaning function, then you should dismantle it prior to cleaning it. Unplug the blender first for safety reasons.
For both self-cleaning and standard blenders, the base motor housing should also be cleaned after each use.
And there you are! Your blender will be clean and ready for use afterwards.