How to Take Good Care of Your Blender

Appliances aren’t cheap.  That’s true whether you’re in the market for a refrigerator, a toaster oven or a blender.  If you’ve spent the time and money to research and purchase a good blender, you’ll want to follow this advice for taking good care of it.  If you follow these simple tips, you’ll enjoy your blender for years to come.

It’s important to keep your blender clean for health reasons as well as keeping it in fine working order.

Most blender carafes will be dishwasher safe.  Be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions to make sure.  But you should be able to rinse out the carafe and place it in the dishwasher with your other dishes.  It may be best to wash a plastic carafe by hand or set your dishwasher to air dry without heat.  You should also wash the blades and the lid of your blender by hand.

To wash the blender, remove the carafe from the base.  Remove the lid.  Unscrew the bottom component.  Watch out for the sharp blades.  Remove the gasket seal and the blade.

Wash all of the extra parts thoroughly and make sure they’re dry before reassembling.

If you made the mistake of allowing your blender to sit unattended and you need to remove some dried on food mix a ratio of 1:1 of baking soda and water and run it through the assembled blender.  Dump out the solution and you should be able to wash regularly.  This process will also help if there are lingering food odors in you blender.

It seems silly to say you shouldn’t over use your blender.  But the relatively small motor in your blender is not like your car or lawn mower.  It’s not intended to be in constant use for hours on end.  Give it some rest between uses.

You may choose to leave your blender on the counter.  If you do you may want to purchase a cover.  But if you keep it in your cupboard, once the parts are dry, reassemble you blender and store it in a dry place.  If you store the parts separately you might run the risk of losing essential pieces.  You could also dull the blades.  These blades are difficult to sharpen.  But if you care for them properly, you shouldn’t have to worry about that.

Don’t assume you know everything about blenders because you’ve used one before.  Read and follow the instructions.  If you over fill the carafe, you may put an extra strain on the motor.

Generally when blending, add the liquid first and then any solid items.  This allows the motor to get started and not have to work as hard to chop or puree the other items.

Follow these simple steps and there’s no reason you can’t enjoy your blender for years to come.

Use Only As Directed: Blenders have a fill line for a reason. Fill them too high, and they might not be able to handle the load, causing the motor to die prematurely. Help your blender’s motor by adding the liquid first when making a mixture that includes both liquids and solids-a smoothie with orange juice, strawberries and ice, for example. This will allow it to get some motion started, and it won’t have to exert itself as hard. If you could crush the ice partially beforehand as well, your blender would be much obliged.

These steps may seem obvious, but blenders blow out every day from poor care. If you look after your investment, and clean it properly, there’s no reason your blender can’t last as long as any of your other household appliances like your TV or vacuum.

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