Thursday, February 6, 2014

Tips & Tricks #48 - How to Clean Your Blender the Easy Way!

The other day I was browsing a few things on Pinterest, when I came up with something absolutely fantastic - this week's trick.

Each week I make the kids and I {DH isn't quite having them yet, but I'm working on him} smoothies.  Little Man - and now Little Lady since she is one - have a smoothie every day and most days I'll have one as well.  I typically make a blend of vegetables, fruits, chia seeds/flax seed, raw local honey, and a little bit of almond or coconut milk.  If you're interested, you can read more about our smoothies here.

But after making smoothies for the week, I'm often left with a counter full of awful mess.

Yep, that's funky, right?

While our blender says that it's dishwasher safe, I've found three things to be true.  The first is that if I wash the blender in the dishwasher, there are all these little cracks and crevices under neath the blender {where food doesn't actually touch} that attract any miniscule pieces of food in the wash cycle - and it's a pain to clean out.  The second thing I found out was that by washing our blender in the dishwasher, it caused the pitcher to crack.  We were sent another pitcher from the company as the pitcher legitimately cracked down the side, but I'm being cautious and hand-washing it for now.  The third thing is that I am SUPER nervous to wash the blade of our blender.  I'm a fairly clumsy person to begin with, and I'm always so freaked out that I'm going to lose a finger trying to clean out the blender.

Basically - it's a huge, stinking, slightly dangerous pain to wash.

But the other day while browsing Pinterest, I found a fantastic idea that I'm seriously mad I didn't think of or find before now.  Instead of taking apart the whole blender and washing each piece separately, here's a quick way to wash your blender without all the fuss and fear.

1. After you've finished pouring out your smoothie/drink/food/etc. - fill the blender partially with water.

2. Add soap.

3. Turn the blender on.

4. Rinse the blender out.

5. Done!

Seriously, guys, this is so much stinking easier!

Now, in saying that, this technique is only going to work if you immediately wash your blender after using it.  If you've let the pitcher sit in your sink or on your counter long enough for the food to dry or harden, you're going to have to grab a washcloth or scrubber to really get that funk out.

But, that's fantastic incentive to wash your blender down immediately, right?

I've been using this tip ever since I figured it out and let me tell you friends, it saves me a ton of time and energy!

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  1. I actually thought about doing this before, but I haven't had the opportunity to try it out since I STILL don't have a blender :(. Good to know this actually works! It'll be my go-to way to clean my blender once I manage to get my hands on a good one :)!


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