Today I’m going to talk about how to clean a blender in less than 5 minutes. Because, let’s face it, the clean up is the most annoying part of making your own smoothies at home.
When you’re trying to live a healthier lifestyle and lose some fat, one of the best things to do is drink at least one nutrient-dense smoothie per day.
But there’s a negative side effect that no one ever talks about:
What do you do when your smoothie is done and your blender is left a disgusting mess?
Don’t worry – I’ve got your back.
Below I have laid out, step-by-step, the fastest and easiest way to clean a blender. This method is a total game-changer. It will save you a ton of time and frustration so you can just focus on your health goals.
And the best part?
Your fingers never even need to touch the blades!
To get started, you will need...
- A dirty blender (of course!)
For this method you should be cleaning your blender immediately after use!
If you can’t clean your blender right away, fill it with water and let it soak until cleaning time.
This prevents grime from caking on.
Use hot water from the tap or heated water.
- Dish Soap
We recommend using all-natural, non-toxic dish soap if possible!
Chemical-based dish soaps contain materials known to cause endocrine disruptions, which can lead to hormonal imbalances.
- Optional Cleaning Tools
For a really filthy blender your best bet is to fill the pitcher with mildly hot water and let it soak for an hour before cleaning.
Using a sponge or even an old toothbrush can also help get the gunk out of the nooks and crannies.
Blender Cleaning Step-by-Step Instructions
Here’s what you need to do to clean the pitcher quickly, broken into steps:
1. Pour water into your blender pitcher
The first step is to fill your blender jar with hot water—about halfway full.
There is no need to add dish soap yet. First, you will be running a ‘rinse cycle’ to get the bulk of the residue off your blender.
Place the lid securely on the jar and return it to the blender base.
2. Run your blender for about 15 seconds
Turn your blender on to the highest setting and let it run for 15 seconds.
Think of this like the rinse cycle of your dishwasher. During this time, the water will catch excess residue and food particles from your smoothie and pull them off the sides.
After 15 seconds, dump the dirty water down your sink drain.
3. Fill your blender with water and a little dish soap
Now that you have rinsed the residue from your blender and discarded it, fill your blender a little less than halfway with hot water and a little squirt of dish soap.
Be careful not to add too much water or soap! Just a little squirt is enough.
Filling your blender to the top or using excess soap can cause your blender to froth-up and overflow. This will create an even bigger mess (I learned this the hard way).
Place the lid securely on the pitcher and return the pitcher to the base.
4. Run your blender for about 30 seconds
Think of this like the wash cycle! While your blender is running, hot soapy water is whipping into all the cracks and crevices while your fingers are safely away from the blades.
After 30 seconds, dump the soapy water down your sink drain.
If there are areas with stubborn residue, use a sponge or other cleaning tool to clean the area.
Rinse any excess suds off your blender and place upside-down on a drying rack to air dry. You’re done!
For a very similar method, check out this video I found on YouTube:
Deep Clean When Needed
This quick and easy method of cleaning your blender is fine for daily use, but keep in mind that there are times when you should take a little more care.
If your blender is the kind with a detachable base that has removable blades and a rubber seal, you will need to take it apart and scrub each component thoroughly. This should be done twice per week if you make smoothies every day.
If you do not disassemble and scrub each component of your blender, small pieces of food with get caught in the crevices and cause mold. The last thing you need is toxic mold ruining your health while you drink a smoothie!
Some people have weaker immune systems than others and are more susceptible to infections. If you are using your blender to prepare food for small children, pregnant women or senior citizens, ensure that the blender is completely clean before use.
Also keep in mind that some ingredients are considered hazardous foods. If you are using your blender to prepare a recipe with eggs, milk or meat products you should thoroughly clean after each use.
Oh, and don’t forget to wipe the base with a damp cloth now and then to remove any smoothie drips or splashes!
Keep Your Blender Sparkling
If you notice that your blender pitcher has become a little lackluster and looks “cloudy”, don’t worry – you can make it shine like new again!
Smoothie residue and hard water can build up on the walls of your blender. The easiest solution is some good old-fashioned baking soda and vinegar.
Using vinegar and baking soda to keep your blender sparkling
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Simply combine 1 cup of white vinegar with ¼ cup of baking soda inside your blender. It will fizz up to the top, so keep an eye out to ensure it doesn’t overflow!
Once the fizzing has gone down, add 2 cups of hot water. Place the lid securely on your blender and return it to the base. Turn it to the highest setting and let it run on high for 5-7 minutes.
If you are using a high-powered blender like a Vitamix or Blendtec, be careful when removing the lid. These machines have motors that create a lot of heat and steam, so keep your face at a safe distance.
Now use a sponge, brush or steel wool to scrub off the residue, taking care not to cut yourself on the blades. Keep in mind, the blades of high-powered blender will be very hot after running for 7 minutes!
Voila! Your pitcher should look as fresh as the day you bought it.
Keep Your Blender Smelling Fresh
Sometimes you might notice your blender has developed a funky odor. If this happens, don’t worry – the solution is simple.
Use the above baking soda and vinegar method with the addition of some deodorizing lemon juice. The juice of 1 lemon is all you need to remove odors!
If you are using a high-powered blender like a Vitamix or Blendtec, you can even chop the whole lemon into quarters and add it to the pitcher with the vinegar, baking soda and water.
Reminder to be careful when running high-powered blenders for longer periods of time as the contents become very hot.
How to Clean-Up After Making Nut Butters
Nut butters, like almond and peanut butter, make an amazing addition to smoothies because they add a creamy texture plus the health benefits of being high in protein and healthy fats.
Did you know that if you have a high-powered blender like a Vitamix or Blendtec, you can actually make your own homemade nut butters?
Yes! These machines have some perks for the price tag. Keep in mind that this tip is only for high-powered blenders as regular machines cannot handle grinding up whole nuts into butter.
I’ve been making my own almond and peanut butter for years, so I’ve mastered the clean up routine.
Here’s what I’ve learned:
First, remove all the nut butter from your blender. Give it a good scrape-down using a spoon or spatula - you don’t want to waste any healthy goodness.
To ensure you get ALL the nut butter, return the lid to the pitcher, place it back on the base and hit “Pulse” a couple times. This step helps loosen any butter that was hiding under blades.
Remaining butter with be flung to the side of the jar. Scrape that out as well!
Now that your jar is empty, follow the step-by-step directions above to clean your blender, but keep in mind that once may not be enough.
If, after rinsing, you can still see or feel an oily residue – repeat the process.
If your pitcher is still not clean you have two options: scrub by hand, or let your dishwasher do the work.
If you decide to use the dishwasher, first ensure the pitcher is dishwasher friendly (some Vitamix jars must be washed by hand only). Place the pitcher on the top rack for best results.
Are you going to try this method?
So, have you been cleaning your blender wrong the whole time?!
When I discovered this simple, time-saving method it was a total game changer for me. No more procrastinating and dealing with dried up smoothie gunk.
If you have any tips that you have discovered, let me know in the comments.
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