Got Smoothie Build-Up? How to Clean Your Vitamix

Got Smoothie Build-Up? How to Clean Your Vitamix

Cleaning your Vitamix blender regularly is important for keeping it running smoothly and preventing buildup. Vitamix blenders are powerful machines designed for frequent use, but even the best blenders need a little maintenance.

Why It’s Important to Clean Your Vitamix

Over time, small bits of food can get stuck under the blades or around the container seals. This buildup is totally normal but should be cleaned out to prevent messes, odors, and even motor problems if too much gunk builds up.

Giving your Vitamix a quick rinse after each use can help, but a deeper clean is still needed every week or two to keep things fresh.

How to Clean Your Vitamix Step-by-Step

  1. Rinse the container and lid immediately after use. This makes cleaning easier later.
  2. Fill the container about 2/3 full with warm water and add a drop of dish soap.
  3. Attach lid and base, then blend on high for 30-60 seconds. The soap and friction will help clean the container and blades.
  4. Rinse thoroughly with clean water.
  5. Remove the rubber seal around the lid and clean by hand with soap and water. Check for trapped bits of food.
  6. Wipe down the base and touch surfaces with a soft, damp cloth.

Tough Buildup or Odors

For tougher buildup, try letting the container soak for 30 minutes after adding soap and water. You can also use vinegar instead of dish soap to help break down residue.

If odors linger even after cleaning, blend a mixture of 1 cup water and 1 lemon juice for 30 seconds. The acidity helps deodorize and sanitize the container.

Preventing Future Buildup

Here are some tips for keeping your Vitamix cleaner longer:

  • Rinse immediately after smoothies containing leafy greens, berries, or other sticky ingredients.
  • Don’t let ingredients dry inside the container between uses.
  • Blend a cleaning mixture once a week to maintain freshness.
  • Replace the rubber seal around the lid every 6-12 months.
  • Follow manufacturer guidelines on lubricating the base and changing blades/parts over time.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I deep clean my Vitamix?

Aim to deep clean your Vitamix by blending a soapy water mixture every 1-2 weeks. If you use it daily or make lots of green smoothies, cleaning it 1-2 times per week is best.

Can I put Vitamix parts in the dishwasher?

The container, lid, and lid seal can be placed on the top rack of a dishwasher. However, hand washing is recommended by Vitamix to prolong the life of these parts.

What is the white stuff around my Vitamix blades?

White residue around the blades is usually calcium deposits from hard water or minerals left behind from ingredients. This buildup is harmless but cleaning it regularly keeps your blender running smoothly.

Why does my Vitamix still smell bad after cleaning?

If odors linger after a thorough clean, try blending a cleaning mixture of water and lemon juice. The acidity helps remove stains and deodorize the container. If that doesn’t work, the smell could be coming from hidden buildup around the seals that needs scrubbing.

Should I take apart the Vitamix base for cleaning?

No, disassembling the base or motor can damage your Vitamix. Simply wipe down the exterior and touch points with a damp cloth to clean.