Dear LINY: How do I clean my Vitamix?
Good question, new owner! Vitamix Blenders clean themselves. A few cups of hot water and a drop of soap are usually enough to clean your Vitamix. That’s probably how it was demonstrated for you.
But, it’s not that simple.
There’s a few important Vitamix cleaning techniques worth noting.
Since I use peanut butter, onions, and flaxseed in many of my Vitamix creations, I take my Vitamix cleaning to the next level.
In this article (part of the NOYOKE Vitamix Guide series), I’ll discuss exactly how to clean your Vitamix. Plus, as a bonus, I’ll show you a few Vitamix maintenance tricks. Okay, let’s dive in.
Do not put your Vitamix in the dishwasher
With the proper technique, you won’t need the dishwasher. One drop of soap and a cup of hot water will clean your Vitamix.
Why can’t you put your Vitamix in the dishwasher? Despite the incredible terms of the warranty, it becomes null and void if you put your Vitamix in the dishwasher.
Yes, it might clean it, but it’s not worth giving up seven years of free care.
Note: If you have an S-Series, your Vitamix is top-rack, dishwasher safe.
Why clean your Vitamix well?
Your Vitamix comes with a 7-year warranty. But, if care for properly, it can last 10-15 years, easily.
Doing a good job cleaning your Vitamix may not seem worth it. There a few reasons why it is.
Your Vitamix will:
- Last longer.
- Look nicer.
- Process better.
So after each use, make sure you take the 60 seconds that will pay dividends down the road.
Here’s how I clean my Vitamix
There are many steps listed. There are details for each. But cleaning your Vitamix is truly simple.
1. Fill (optional). So simple. Immediately after blending, fill your Vitamix container up with hot water. It will make cleaning it easier and more successful.
2. Rinse (optional). This can happen anytime after filling with water. If it’s ten minutes later because you were enjoying a smoothie, all good.
3. Wall brush (optional). If you used sticky ingredients, take five seconds and brush all the inside walls.
4. Twist & turn (optional). Under running water, twist the bottom with one hand and turn the sides with the other. At this point, your Vitamix is 80% clean.
5. Soapy water. Add a couple cups of hot water and a drop of soap.
6. Run cleaning cycle.
- Program-enabled Vitamix: Start the cleaning cycle (demonstrated in the Pro 750).
- Standard Vitamix: Blend on low and then high for 10-30 seconds (Pro 300 shown above).
7. Twist & turn. Under running water, twist & turn to rinse.
Demonstration: Twist & Turn Method
Cleaning the Vitamix motor base
Your Vitamix motor base doesn’t need to be cleaned after each use. It won’t hurt if you do, though.
If your smoothie or soup spills down the side, wipe it off before it becomes a hardened mess.
It’s safe to wipe all surfaces and sides with a damp cloth or paper towel.
The landing pad is also removable. Clean under it and the pad itself if you made a real mess.
Just be sure the power cord is unplugged when cleaning.
Tip for making Vitamix cleaning easier
Some foods stick to the walls of a Vitamix like glue. Flaxseed is the #1 culprit.
There’s two ways to get around this problem:
- Add flaxseed through the lid plug mid-blend (on a low setting).
- Add flaxseed when blending is complete.
With my smoothies, I add ground flaxseed meal to the top and mix it by hand (or straw).
Deep cleaning your Vitamix
Okay, so you’ve had your Vitamix for a while now. You use it every day and it’s true love.
But man, is that thing getting dirty.
To restore your Vitamix to its previous splendor, follow these steps.
- Sponge down the outside of the container. There’s usually some buildup there.
- Soak your container overnight. Use a mixture of 2 parts hot water to 1 part white vinegar. In the morning, rinse.
What to do with a cloudy Vitamix container
If you’ve got some serious mineral buildup and your container is cloudy, a little bit of elbow grease and a Magic Eraser will do the trick!
Once removed, the best way to make sure your container doesn’t get cloudy again is to follow the steps above.
Run a cleaning cycle after each use!
Then, let it drip dry in a drying rack.
My Vitamix container is stained with turmeric
Nothing is less sightly than a yellowed Vitamix container. Turmeric is incredibly good for you, but also a very annoying ingredient to clean up after.
Here’s the trick:
Leave your container in the sunlight for an afternoon. The sun will naturally bleach your container back to it’s original glory.
There’s nut butter on the walls of my container
Nut butter is notoriously sticky and difficult to remove from your Vitamix. Lucky for you, it’s also an amazing smoothie ingredient!
Instead of trying to clean out the nut butter, simply make yourself a shake. That way, you have no wasted nut butter.
And when you’re ready to clean the container, there will be less to clean.
There’s tons of hummus left on the walls of my Vitamix
Hummus is also one of those recipes that likes to stick to the sides of the container. Your best bet here is to order some of these super affordable and specially made Vitamix spatulas (free shipping if you click this link to order).
I have two things I want to blend for dinner
Sometimes your Vitamix is the star of your dinner and you’re planning to use it for more than one blend.
Maybe you’re making soup in your Vitamix and want to blend up a salad dressing for your sidedish.
You can either wash between uses or consider investing in a second container (we use ours all of the time).
My container I use is way beyond repair
If you’re still under warranty (and have tried the above methods to clean), give Vitamix customer service a call 1-800-848-2649. They may be able to replace your well-loved container.
Thoroughly cleaning your Vitamix can add years to its life. Let it clean itself automatically, but also take the next step with deep cleans.
For some, an secondary container is a nice way to keep the main one cleaner, longer.
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