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How to Clean an Immersion Blender

Whether you're mixing up some homemade tomato soup or chopping ingredients for salsa, your immersion blender is going to see a few messes. In order to ensure that an immersion hand blender stays in great working condition, you'll want to clean the attachments, as well as the handle. Cleaning an immersion blender is a quick and easy process that will keep it running for a long time.

What you'll need:

  • Dish soap. Standard dish soap will work effectively.
  • Soft cloth or sponge. A soft wash cloth or sponge will help your clean your hand blender attachments.
  • Large bowl full of hot water. Spin the blender blades in hot water to clean them.
  • White vinegar. Add this or dish soap to the hot water to help loosen any particles on the blades. You'll also use it to clean small crevices on the handle.
  • Cotton swabs. These can easily clean the small spaces around the switches.

Step 1: Unplug your blender and remove all attachments.

Once your blender is unplugged, and you've removed your attachments, fill your sink full of hot water and let the attachments soak for about five minutes. This will loosen most of the stuck-on food.


Step 2: Wipe attachments down with soapy cloth or sponge.

Soak your cloth or sponge in warm water and add a little dish soap. Wipe clean the blender's attachments.


Step 3: Remove tough food particles.

Take a bowl of hot water and add a few drops of dish soap or white vinegar. Put the attachment back on the blender and submerge the blade into the water. Run the blender 30 seconds to one minute to remove those last bits of food. Once cleaned, remove the attachment and let it dry on a dish towel or drying rack.


Step 4: Clean the handle.

Because of its electrical components, you can't submerge the handle of your immersion blender. For this part, dip a cloth in some white vinegar and wipe the handle down until it's clean. Be sure you only lightly dampen the cloth to avoid liquid dripping on to components inside the appliance.


Step 5: Scrub build up around the buttons.

Take a cotton swab and add a few drops of white vinegar. Use this to carefully remove any food that has stuck to the buttons or in the crevices between the button and the housing.