Here’s How to Clean a Blender in 30 Seconds

Not only will this cleaning tip keep your blender looking brand new, but it also won't cost you a lot of time.

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Milk shakes, daiquiris, pancake batter—let’s face it: Everything is better blended. (If you think otherwise, check out our roundup of mouthwatering smoothies.)

But while your trusty blender can magically transform any lumpy recipe into some smooth, delicious goodness, you’re left with a complete mess.

Cleaning a blender isn’t easy. Unlike pots and pans, blenders have tons of nooks and crannies, plus sharp blades. You could pop it in the dishwasher, but if you forget to remove the blades, they’re subject to get dull or rust over time.

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You also could take it apart, cleaning everything by hand. But between the preparation and taking a few minutes to enjoy your blended treat, who has time for that?

Behold: a happy medium.

How to Clean Your Blender in 30 Seconds

We know you’re strapped for time, so we’ll keep this quick. Start by filling half of your dirty blender with warm water, followed by adding a few drops of dish soap. Fasten the lid onto the blender and turn it on for a few seconds. The soapy water swishing around the blender will help remove remnants of your pina colada. Remove the hot water, give your blender a quick rinse, and—voila—a clean blender.

What to Do with Stuck-on Food

A blender may be a breeze to clean after making slushy smoothies or margaritas, but thicker mixtures like bisque can leave tough, stubborn food stains—especially if you don’t clean your blender right after using it. For reinforcements, enlist some baking soda. The pantry staple can do everything from making your bread rise, to polishing your silverware, to, yes, removing stubborn, dry food particles. For the best results, fill your blender jar with equal parts water and baking soda first. Turn on the blender for a couple of seconds, discard the solution, then add your warm water and soap. The extra step may take more than 30 seconds, but if you have crusted pancake batter all over your blender, it’s worth it.

Be careful what you let go down the garbage disposal.

Even though these tricks are quick, be sure to deep clean your blender after every couple of uses to keep mold and bacteria at bay. It’s easy: Simply clean the jar, gasket seal and blade with soap and hot water, then let them air dry before putting the parts back together.

When it comes to the electric base, err on the side of caution. Dunking it into a sink full of water could result in electrocution, so unplug the blender and wipe it down with a damp towel.

And there you have it: How to clean a blender. Not only will our instructions keep your blender looking brand new, but you also can clean it in about 30 seconds, making it nothing short of a washing miracle.

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Kelsey Mulvey
Kelsey Mulvey is a New York-based writer. She has written for several publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Time Out New York,,