How to Care for a Kitchen Blender

The kitchen blender is a useful tool in every season.

How to Care for a Kitchen Blender

People especially like to use these helpful appliances in summer when the weather is hot and blenders come in handy for making frozen cocktails, smoothies and juice drinks. However, they also are useful in the winter for blending soups or whipping up dips during football season. They also can be used at any time to make baby food. Since a blender is so valuable in the kitchen, it is necessary to care for and maintain it so it will last a long time.

Protect the electrical components of your blender appliance. Do not create a jumble of cords with other countertop appliances. Do not immerse the blender base in water.

Fill the blender carefully, watching the fill line. Never go over this line. If you overfill, the blender motor may slow. If so, remove some of the ingredients to another container to reach the level of the fill line, then blend in two batches.

Dip the cloth or sponge in soapy water. Wring it out thoroughly. Use this damp cloth to wipe the surface of the base, the base's bottom and feet, and around the control buttons.

Wipe around the buttons with the cloth or sponge immediately after using the blender whenever possible. Clean missed areas around the blender selection buttons with cotton swabs or a soft toothbrush if necessary.

Take the blender apart. Wash all plastic or rubber pieces by hand with warm soapy water. Wipe the rubber gasket carefully. If you have a plastic carafe, wash it by hand. If you have a glass carafe, it may be washed in the dishwasher upside down in the bottom shelf. Reassemble the blender.

Things You Will Need

  • Water
  • Mild dish soap
  • Sponge or dish washing cloth
  • Cotton swabs
  • Soft bristle toothbrush

Tips

  • Smooth a drop of vegetable oil over the blender gasket before reassembling the parts to keep it pliable.
  • Store this small kitchen appliance fully assembled with the lid on to prevent dirt, dust or food particles from getting inside when not in use.

Warnings

  • Do not use an overly wet sponge or rag to wipe the base, as this is not much different from submersing the base.
  • Handle a plastic carafe with care. Lift it from the base with two hands as the handle can crack or break if too much weight is put on it over time.

About the Author

Julia Thomas started her professional writing career in 1991 writing poetry for "Potpourri" magazine. Thomas studied secondary English education and creative writing at Wichita State University, where she earned honors. Thomas has written short stories and started a novel since 2002, and has done Internet writing since 2006.