One of the benefits of hand blenders is their easy clean up. With only two main parts to clean, a hand blender, or immersion blender, saves a lot of time over the larger, more traditional blender. No matter what you are doing – blending, pureeing, chopping, or whipping – a hand blender is a no-fuss kitchen tool that makes keeping your kitchen free of mess and clutter easy.
Step 1 – Remove Attachment
In most cases, the easiest way to clean your immersion blender is to remove the attachment and clean it separately using a regular dish soap and water. Press the button that detaches the attachment, remove it, and soak it for a few minutes in hot water and soap to loosen up any food particles that may be adhered to it. Wipe it clean with a dish rag.
Step 2 – Mix it Clean
In the case of dried on or particularly resistant food stuck to the attachment, try filling a small bowl with hot water and a drop or two of dish detergent. Submerge the blender in the water and set it to the ‘On’ position. Blend the soapy water solution until the food is removed from the attachment. Turn the blender off and remove the attachment by pressing the release button.
Step 3 – Dry the Attachment
After you get the attachment thoroughly clean, set it on a dry dish towel or drying rack and allow it to thoroughly dry before putting it away for storage.
Step 4 – Clean the Wand
Use a soapy solution to wipe down the wand of your hand blender. The wand should never be immersed in water or run under running water, so simply wipe the wand down to remove all food particles.
Step 5 – Store the Hand Blender
Find a location to store your hand blender that will keep it free of dust accumulation, but also one that is easy to reach and convenient so that you can use it easily whenever needed. Be sure that the hand blender’s parts are all completely dry before storing it.
By following these simple steps, you will be able to clean your blender and have it operating at top performance for years to come. Be sure to clean the blender soon after its use to make the entire process much more efficient, so that you can really benefit from the ease of use of this handy kitchen tool.