Blenders are a fantastic kitchen convenience until it comes time to clean up your mess. Everyone hates washing dishes, so as you look at the dirty components of your blender, you may wonder what parts of blenders are dishwasher safe?
For most blender brands and models, all components, excluding the blender base, can be put in the dishwasher. However, handwashing is the best way to ensure the longevity and cleanliness of your blender components.
Whether you make smoothies, soups, or sauces, everyone has to clean their blender at some point. So keep reading to find out what parts of blenders are dishwasher safe, which are not, and the best ways to keep your blender squeaky clean, and beautiful.
Every blender manufacturer makes their parts differently, so read the manufacturer's recommendations. But in general, the below blender parts are dishwasher safe.
The blender jar is typically the safest blender component to put in the dishwasher. Blender jars are super durable plastic, which can withstand heat and sprays in a dishwasher. Manufacturers typically recommend putting the blender jar on the top rack of the dishwasher.
Gaskets and seals, meaning the rubber parts of the blender that go between the blender jar and couplers, are typically dishwasher safe. While these parts can go in the dishwasher, many people prefer to hand wash them because the super hot water can wear them down faster, and a heated drying cycle can change the shape of these parts.
Any non-electrical attachments, meaning they have no internal wiring or motor, can usually go in the dishwasher safely. These parts often come with immersion blenders or other hand blenders.
Once again, it depends on your blender brand and model, but you should avoid putting the blender parts discussed below in your dishwasher.
You should never put the blender base in a dishwasher. The motor and electrical components inside the blender base can be damaged, making the blender useless. In general, never place electrical kitchen appliances in the dishwasher.
Blades can go either way. Some brands make their blender blades perfectly dishwasher-safe, like Ninja blenders, but others are not safe, like Vitamix blenders. It’s best to hand wash all the blades of your blender. Even if they are dishwasher safe, they often dull in the hot water, making them less effective and shortening their lifespan.
Like the blender base, any attachments with electrical components should not go in the dishwasher. Water and soap can severely damage the electrical components.
Electric Blender Parts Should Not Be Put in the Dishwasher
If you want to play it safe and handwash your blender, follow the instructions below to ensure it’s thoroughly clean.
Below are five helpful tips to ensure you clean your blender properly while keeping it in good shape!
Tip #1: The best time to clean your blender is immediately after using it when food remnants and particles are still wet and have not dried on the blender parts.
Tip #2: Do not dry the blender jar right side up, as this can create mold and mildew by trapping bacteria.
Tip #3: Never submerge the blender base in water, just wipe it down.
Tip #4: Use warm water, not hot water, as this can wear down the blender blades. But cold water will not effectively kill food bacteria.
Tip #5: If you can’t clean your blender immediately after use, at least fill it with soapy water to help lift food remnants off the blender jar and blades.
It’s frustrating when all your blending leaves cloudy stains on the sides of your blender. So if a normal cleaning isn’t enough, give your blender a deep clean following the instructions below.
Separate the Different Parts of the Blender Before Cleaning
You can do this deep cleaning process once a week or a month, depending on how often you use the blender and how well you clean it. While stains and cloudy blender jars can be frustrating, refrain from using super harsh scrubbers, like the rough side of sponge or steel wool. Harsh scrubbers can lead to scratches in the plastic, making your blender look even worse.
People use various blender brands for their blending needs, but the brands don’t have the same rules and recommendations when cleaning the blender. Below are some of the most popular blender brands and models and whether or not they’re dishwasher safe.
This is One of the Best Strategies to Wash Your Ninja Blender
If you’re wondering if all types of blenders can go in the dishwasher, below is a quick and easy guide to what kind and components are dishwasher safe.
Be Sure to Check Your Blender’s Instructions Before Putting Parts in the Dishwasher
If you have more questions about cleaning your blender, refer to the commonly asked questions and answers below.
Some blenders, like Vitamix blenders, have self-cleaning capabilities. But they still require you to fill them with soapy water and then rinse them out, so the process isn’t much different than the steps listed for cleaning them yourself.
Ninja blenders tend to be the most durable option. They use hard plastic and tough rubber components; they can handle the heat inside a dishwasher.