Food blenders are prone to leftover odors from ingredients, herbs, and spices you use it to crush and emulsify. This is especially true when you cook with onions and garlic and crush them using your food blender. Cleaning is sometimes not enough to eradicate the smells, however, and they eventually affect the taste of other food blends you make. Removing these odors is quite easy if you know what to use and what to do.
Step 1 - Find Out if You Need a Dishwasher or to Hand Wash
Carefully read the instruction manual provided with your food blender, and take note of the different washing methods that yours is amenable to. There are some that require hand washing, therefore it will damage the unit if you use a dishwasher.
Step 2 – Perform the Initial Cleaning
Unplug the blender power cord if it is connected to an electrical socket. Then, use a screwdriver to remove all parts that can be detached from the base casing. Clean each one individually using water and dishwashing liquid, especially the jar.
Use running water to clear away any traces of leftover food or liquid in the jar before filling it half full with warm water. Mix in a detergent solution, and allow it to sit in the jar for at least a couple minutes to get a good, thorough clean. Then, with the soapy water still inside, secure the lid and blend at high speed for at least 15 to 30 seconds.
For the blade shaft, use a clean dry dishcloth or brush to scrub the blades with soapy water. Never wash them using a dishwasher as doing so will dull the blades.
Step 3 – Using Vinegar to Eradicate the Smell
Pour the water and detergent solution out of the jar. Create a mixture of white vinegar and water using a fifty-fifty measurement ratio. Moisten a dishcloth with this solution and use it to wipe the inside of the far to eradicate any lingering odors. You can also fill the jar with the solution and blend it inside as you did in the previous step.
Step 4 – Rinse and Clean Again
Rinse the jar with warm water again, and spray the trim and base of the blender with glass cleaner. Wipe them clean with a soft dishcloth or paper towel. Follow this by creating and applying a mixture of baking soda and water to the base and the outer part of the blender. This will ensure the blender gets as clean as possible, and baking soda is a natural deodorizer.
Step 5 – Dry and Store
After scrubbing all parts of the blender, set the components on a clean and dry dishcloth or towel so they can dry completely. Reassemble them afterward and carefully store the machine.
Food blender odors are inevitable when actively using this kitchen tool. Make a habit of thoroughly cleaning yours after every use to remove contaminants that will result in lasting odors. This will go a long way to ensuring that you don't have to fight against set-in, hard-to-remove smells later.