How to Clean Vitamix Under the Blades

Date Published: August 1, 2021
Author: Kylee Smith

Vitamix blenders are great, but they can get messy. Blenders and their containers must be cleaned after each use since gunk can certainly build up under the blades. You must remove buildup before it becomes a problem. Thankfully, cleaning under the blades of your Vitamix blender can be done in a few steps along with the self-cleaning feature.

Vitamix Blade Cleaning Supplies

Only a few supplies are necessary to clean under the blades of your Vitamix blender. Rust can also accumulate on the blades. If you notice any rust, extra supplies and steps are used to remove the rust. Some Vitamix blender models feature components that are dishwasher safe but placing your blender and its blades in a dishwasher is never recommended.

Dish Soap

Dish soap is used in the blender container for the self-cleaning cycle. The self-cleaning cycle alone is not going to clean under the blades of your blender, but it will clean your blender container.

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Blade Scraper

There are blade scrapers available that are specifically designed to clean under Vitamix blender blades. This area of a Vitamix blender is not easy to reach, but the blade scraper makes this task much easier.

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Wire Brush

A wire brush can also be used to clean the blades of a Vitamix blender. If you do not have a wire brush, you can use a toothbrush.

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Baking Soda

If you notice any rust on the blades, make a bast of baking soda and water. Use your toothbrush or wire brush to scrub away the rust.

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White Vinegar

If you notice any foul odors, clean your Vitamix blender with white vinegar during the self-cleaning cycle. Rinse the vinegar out and then run another self-cleaning cycle with dish soap.

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You may also use bleach during the cleaning cycle if any foul odors are present. Afterward, run another cleaning cycle using dish soap.

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How To Clean Under Vitamix Blender Blades

Vitamix blenders are known for their powerful performance and self-cleaning function. Different foods, like nut butters, can stick to the blades. Luckily, you can clean under your Vitamix blender blades in three easy steps.

Step One: Clean the Blades Using a Scraper or Brush

If you have purchased the blade scraper specifically designed for Vitamix blenders, the first step will be easy. Simply follow the provided instructions and clean the blade using the scraper.

If rust is present, you need to make a baking soda and water paste. Apply the paste to the end of your wire brush or a toothbrush and clean the top and bottom of each blade.

  • Pro Tip: Do not use white vinegar at the same time you are using the baking soda paste. While it is safe to mix the two substances, the vinegar can cause the baking soda to bubble up, resulting in a mess.

Step Two: The Self-Cleaning Cycle

The self-cleaning cycle makes cleaning your blender easy. If no foul odors are present, add a teaspoon of dish soap to the blender container and start the cycle.

If you noticed foul odors or simply want to deep clean your blender, it is time to break out the bleachor white vinegar. When opting to use bleach, add 1.5 teaspoons and 34 ounces of water to the blender container. For white vinegar, use two parts warm water and one part vinegar. After the self-cleaning cycle is completed, you must repeat the process with dish soap.

  • Pro Tip: Another strategy for removing foul odors is to soak the blender container before running the self-cleaning cycle. Use either bleach or white vinegar and soak overnight for the best results. After soaking, run the self-cleaning process using dish soap.

Step Three: Rinse and Dry Blender Container

Rinse the blender container with warm water. Dry the blender with a hand towel and place it back on its pedestal.

  • Pro Tip: Avoid putting your blender container in the dishwasher because it can dull and warp the blades.

Final Thoughts

Be sure to wipe off the base of the blender and the counter underneath the blender, too. Unfortunately, there are no preventative measures that can be taken to prevent food from sticking to the bottom of your blades. Routine cleaning is required.

FAQ: Cleaning Under Vitamix Blender Blades

The self-cleaning feature for Vitamix blenders is a major plus, but you must still perform extra maintenance and cleaning required from time to time. Here are the most frequently asked questions concerning cleaning Vitamix blenders.

How do you get rid of turmeric stains?

Turmeric is often used in recipes, but unfortunately, it can leave a dingy yellow tint on your blender container. Place your blender container out in the full sun for a day, and watch those turmeric stains disappear.

Can Vitamix blender blades be removed?

Yes, after removing the silver retainer nut from the bottom of the blender container, the blades can be removed. While it is possible to remove the blades, it is recommended to use the self-cleaning feature and the steps described above to clean your blender blades before attempting to remove them.

What foods should never be put in a Vitamix blender?

Hot liquids should never be placed in a blender. Not only can hot liquids warp the blades and possibly overheat the motor, but as pressure builds up, those liquids can explode all over the kitchen.

There are several foods that do not do well in a blender including potatoes, ice cubes, dried fruit, whole spices, coffee beans, super-frozen foods, and whole nuts. Be careful making that nut butter, too!

Why does my Vitamix blender keep getting stuck?

Blenders get stuck for a variety of reasons, so it is important to know the following tips and tricks. Cut the food items before you place them in the blender container. Place ingredients from lightest to heaviest in the blender and be sure to tamp the blender container down if blending heavier foods.

Can Vitamix blender blades break?

While Vitamix blender blades are unlikely to break, it can happen. Fully frozen fruits have been known to crack blades. Even if the frozen fruit does not crack a blade, it can make for a lumpy smoothie.

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