Take good care of your kitchen blenders to help ensure that they last many years. Without proper maintenance, blenders can wear down fairly quickly. Let the type of blender you have determine how you clean it.
Cleaning a Glass Pitcher and Blade
Clean a glass pitcher in the dishwasher. Simply remove the blade (carefully, following manufacturer’s instructions), gasket and collar. Wash these parts by hand. Allow them to dry and replace them once the glass pitcher has run through the dishwasher.
Alternatively, wash the glass by hand. Rinse with very hot water to ensure that no spots form when drying.
Cleaning a Plastic Pitcher and Blade
If you run your plastic pitcher through the dishwasher, over time it will become cloudy and worn-looking.
Instead, fill the pitcher halfway with warm water. Add a couple drops of liquid dish washing soap and replace the lid. Put the pitcher on the blender base and run it for 10 to 15 seconds. This will clean the pitcher and the blade all at once.
Cleaning the Base and Lid
Because the base of the blender is electric and includes a plug, you should never immerse it under water. Instead, use a soft cloth with soap and warm water to carefully wipe down the base. Take care to avoid dripping water into the cracks and crevices of the base.
Next, use a cloth with warm water to wipe the soap from the base, and a towel to dry it. If necessary, use a cheap toothbrush to clean in between buttons and corners. You can use a little dish soap to get rid of any grease build-up.
To clean the lid of the blender, simply disassemble it and wash it by hand with dish soap and warm water. Allow it to dry before you assemble it once again.
Keep in mind that you can overuse and damage your blender. To prevent this, make sure you only fill the blender to the fill line. Overloading can hurt the blades and cause permanent damage to your equipment.
A higher-quality, more expensive blender will be able to withstand more abuse than a cheaper one, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make them last the same amount of time. Care for your blender by cleaning it after each use. You can even rub a few drops of vegetable oil on the rubber gasket to help it maintain its necessarily soft texture.
Be sure to store your blender in a dry place. Make sure there are no drops of moisture inside when you put it away for storage.