Cleaning a blender by hand can be a time-consuming exercise in frustration. Most of the blender jugs tend to be tall and narrow, making it really tricky to access the bit at the base around the blades where most of the food grots tend to collect.
Poking around with a long-handled scrubbing brush in the sink or carefully placing the blender jug in the dishwasher are both valid cleaning options, but don’t always provide reliable results in a timely fashion. And while it’s possible to disassemble some blenders to access the blades for cleaning, this too can be a fiddly and time-consuming process.
Don’t clean the blender – let the blender clean itself.
Pour a splash of water into the blender. Add a little detergent. Turn it on for a few seconds, sending the sudsy water whizzing around. Pour it out, and give it a rinse.
Behold – an (almost) spotless blender!
To be fair, this little trick seems obvious when you think about it. Apologies to anyone who’s been doing this for years and was hoping we’d be revealing some kind of secret forbidden technique for better blender cleaning. But there’s really no need to overcomplicate a good thing.
Plus, not everyone knows about this little tip – I certainly shared it with a few new people over the holidays, and quickly became the Man of the Hour. While this technique will quickly clean and freshen up you blender enough for its next use, you may still be left with trace amounts of food residue left over, especially when working with oily or greasy ingredients. Before you pack your blender away, you should still give it a proper scrub to ensure it’s fully disinfected and anti bacterially clean.
So the next time you find someone struggling to clean a blender, share this little tip and get ready to bask in the ensuing praise for your unending wisdom.