5 essential tips for cleaning your blender in less time

One of the most common excuses people give for not making their own smoothies is the fact that they don't like the clean up operation after making drinks. With the following winning tips for cleaning your blender you will cut down the time and effort required leaving you no excuses not to blend.

Let the blender do the hard work for you

Don’t spend valuable minutes trying to scrub the remains of your smoothies / soups from the inside of the blender jug and fiddling your fingers around where the blades of the blender are.

Instead half fill your blender with hot water (below left), add a few drops of washing up liquid, put the lid on and blend for 30 seconds (below right).

Half fill your blenders jug with warm water and a few drops of washing up liquid

Cleaning the lid of the blender

Once you have finished step 1 take the lid off over the sink and pour the used ‘washing up’ water over the inside of the blender lid. Now just quickly rinse the lid and jug with clean water.

Pour the soapy water over the blender lid

Remove tough stains or deposits with baking soda

It may sound a bit like a washing powder commercial I know, but sometimes washing up liquid may not be enough to remove dried on stains. These can occur quite frequently when dealing with some of the strong, vibrantly coloured compounds that can be found in fruit and vegetables. The top trick here is to add a few tablespoons of baking soda to the hot water in tip 1 above. This will help to remove them.

Prevent any build up of smells

No harsh chemicals needed here! If you notice your blender starting to smell then you can use cleaning agents such as lemon juice or vinegar to help get rid of the offending niffs.

Use a brush to clean the base of the blender

Use a small brush such as a toothbrush or vegetable brush to clean the base of the blender. This will help get to any deposits left around or behind the knobs and switches on the base. The brushes bristles can reach places which can be difficult and fiddly to get to with a cloth / sponge.