Blenders are genius kitchen devices that make people’s lives easier. Along with keeping the kitchen clean, washing a blender should also be on top of our priority. Because they are usually made out of glass, blenders are typically easy to clean. However, there are instances where food and residue get stuck in the nooks and crannies, leading to food poisoning.
But did you know that some of the commonly used methods are ineffective in keeping the blenders clean? You might be doing some of the washing steps wrong the whole time.
The blender jar does all the work. However, the blender base is also subjected to dirt, food residues, and grime in every use. There are instances where the contaminants from the kitchen might also transfer to the base, leading to cross-contamination.
Bacteria and germs accumulate in the base of the blender. It’s also possible for dust to collect underneath, especially if the device has been sitting on the counter for too long. Therefore, even if your focus is on the actual base, make sure to include the base when you’re cleaning the device. While you scrub, disinfect, and air dry the jar and the blades, make sure to wipe down any food residue that might’ve spilled on the base.
Depending on where you keep your blender, you might want to clean its base more often. If you rarely use your blender or keep it in a cabinet instead of on the counter, it should be cleaned every time before using it. Meanwhile, if you’re storing the blender on top of the counter, it’s best to clean it frequently than when it’s in a cabinet.
If you keep it next to a stove, you should clean it every time you cook greasy foods. If not, the grease splatters will accumulate on the base and eventually form a slick oily film over the plastic. Soap should help and cut through the grease and keep your blender as good as new.
Cleaning a blender regularly is a great practice. However, soaking it once in a while for a few hours helps soften and loosen dirt buildup and hardened grease.
It’s also great if your goal is to disinfect the device. Regular cleaning does not sanitize a blender jar thoroughly, especially if you’re working with various probiotic foods. Probiotic foods naturally encourage the growth of bacteria. Products like yogurt have thousands of live beneficial bacteria cultures. However, after use, the good bacteria left inside a blender may mix into other foods they shouldn’t be in contact with.
The longer you have not been soaking your blender, the more difficult it is to clean. If possible, soak the blender at least once a month. Fill it with water until the fill-line. Add a little soap, mix, and let it sit for five to ten minutes. After soaking, dunk the soapy water and finish up with a quick scrub. You can also run the blender’s self-cleaning mode if your unit has one. The recommended time for soaking is ten minutes. However, if you prefer a longer time, then there shouldn’t be a problem.
Although blenders are an excellent kitchen tool, we should remember that they are machines that need cleaning and maintenance.
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