How to Clean Small Kitchen Appliances

Cleaning Blenders

Most blender jars can be washed in your dishwasher; some cannot. Some blades are dulled by repeated exposure to the dishwasher detergents; some are not. Always read and follow the manufacturer's cleaning instructions. If you wipe the base of a blender after each use, you will rarely have to scrub it.

  • To clean the blender jar, fill it with a warm detergent solution and run the blender at high speed for about 15 seconds. Rinse well and dry.
  • To retain the sharpness of the blades, do not wash the blender's assembly in the dishwasher.
  • Glass cleaner is excellent for cleaning stainless-steel blender bases and trim. Simply spray it on and buff with a soft cloth.
  • An all-purpose cleaner or a solution of baking soda and water cleans plastic blender bases.

Time for a warm-up. Read the next section to find out how to clean coffeemakers.