Blenders are an essential tool in any good kitchen and a favorite item of kitchenware for any health freak. And there is a good reason why.
Blenders allow you to get creative and adventurous even when you are in a rush. No recipe seems impossible when you have a good blender by your side.
The market is huge and there are tons of different brands offering their products at a range of prices. And it is safe to say that now more than ever you can buy a high-quality blender without breaking the bank.
The reason why every household should have a high-quality blender is simple – apart from letting you improve your culinary skills, it will allow you to blend healthy smoothies that are perfect in the mornings or when you are on the go.
What makes blenders stand out from all the other kitchenware is the fact that these aren’t hard to use. Unless we are talking about blenders that use the highest technological features, using most blenders is as simple as turning it on and choosing the right mode for what you are doing, and in less than a minute, your drink will be ready.
But there is one big disadvantage to owning a blender – the cleaning part. While high-quality blenders are dishwasher safe and will allow you to stay on top of your dishes, in some cases you will still have to do it manually – especially when we are talking about blender blades. In order to help you, we came up with a few tips on how to ease the process. Let’s go ahead and take a look.
Cleaning the Blender Itself
Before moving on to how to clean blender blades, it would also be convenient to know how to clean the base as well as the carafe effectively, so you can later focus solely on the blade cleaning part.
First, your best bet when cleaning the carafe is to fill it half-way with warm water and either add a mild dishwashing soap or a few drops of lemon juice (a great way to remove the stains). Once you have done that, turn your blender on its low setting and let the mixture blend for around 30 seconds. Lastly, pour the mixture out, rinse, and let your blender air dry.
A great alternative for a lemon is apple cider vinegar which can work great if you are struggling with stubborn stains.
For cleaning the base you will need nothing but a towel and a bit of soap. The idea is not to wash the base but only to lightly dampen the towel with which you will scrub the base to clean it. And when it comes to button cleaning, we recommend that you use a Q tip and some warm water.
How to Clean Blender Blades
Blender blades are the most important part of your machine, right? Most of the high-quality blenders use a 6-blade stainless steel system, but not every blender has an auto clean feature which means that you will have to do it manually.
And why is regular cleaning important? If you want to get the most out of your blender, and have the blades stay sharp for as long as possible, it is essential not to leave any food residue on the blades after you are done with the blending process.
In some cases, the blades will be clean by the end of carafe cleaning (due to the fact that the mixture you used was rinsing the blades as well). Still, if that is not the case and the blades are still dirty, you should remove them and clean them separately.
It is as simple as using a mixture of apple cider vinegar or mild dishwashing soap, and hot water. Wash the blades a couple of times and dry with a towel.
If your blades are particularly dirty and it seems that no soap or vinegar mixture is helping, it is time to go for a more commercial product and get yourself some Polident tablets. Once again, unscrew the blades from the blender base and dissolve two Polident tablets in the jug.
If you are having trouble disassembling the blades, you can leave them in the base and dissolve the Polident tablets in the blender jug. Scrub the blades as best you can, rinse them thoroughly, and dry them with a towel.
Hand cleaning a blender is not as hard as some might think, and all it takes is some hot water and dishwashing soap or apple cider vinegar. Even the harshest blade stains can be removed with the proper techniques and the right solution.