Figuring out how to operate a mini-blending machine takes no time at all. But to keep it in good condition, it’s also essential to learn how to clean a portable blender. Good thing it only takes five easy steps.
Steps to Clean a Portable Blender
Here are the things you should do to keep your mini blender ready for another batch of fresh smoothies at any time.
Note that these are generic steps that apply to most portable blender models. Make sure to read and check your product manual, too.
Also, whichever cleaning mode you are doing, remember that the motor or the part with the USB port should not be in contact with water.
You can do these steps to clean your mini blender after every use:
- Fill your portable blender cup or container halfway with warm water.
- Add one to two drops of dish soap. Make sure not to put too much soap as it will be too soapy and difficult to rinse.
- Put the lid on and let the blender run for about 10 to 20 seconds. You can tilt the blender from side to side to ensure the soap gets to the corners and top.
- Dump the soapy water out. Next, refill the blender with clean, warm water to rinse. I usually do this step twice to rinse out all traces of soap.
- Dump the water out and lay out all the blender parts to air dry.
These steps apply if you use your blender to make slightly thick batters or dressings. You can also make this your cleaning habit at least once a month:
- After doing the self-cleaning mode, fill the blender with warm water around its one-fourth mark.
- Add about ½ teaspoon of baking soda, then let the mixture sit for 10 minutes. Tilt the blender from side to side to let the water reach the corners and top.
- Put the lid on and let the blender run for about 20 to 30 seconds.
- Dump the cleaning water out, then rinse and dry as usual.
The baking soda works as a gentle abrasive to loosen up food particles that tend to stick to the blender blades.
How to Keep Your Portable Blender Odour-Free
You can do the following tips to keep your mini blender smelling clean:
- Use baking soda. This cleaning agent is a natural deodoriser. You can do the deep-cleaning procedure to remove any lingering off-odour.
- Use vinegar or lemon juice. These can freshen up your blender. Add a drop of either cleaning agent to your soapy water during the self-cleaning mode.
- Air dry the parts thoroughly. Moisture left in the portable blender components can lead to bacteria build-up and unpleasant smells.
- Avoid blending potent ingredients. Strong-flavoured food items like garlic and ginger can leave odours even after washing the blender.
- Wash the blender as soon as possible. Leaving food inside the blender for too long can result in stains and unpleasant smells. It makes clean-up harder, too.
Learning how to clean a portable blender is not that difficult. The process needs readily available cleaning agents, too.
But like any other kitchen appliance, cleaning your blender should be a habit if you use it often. That way, it will stay in working condition and odour-free for a long time.