The Vitamix machine is a popular choice amongst those who enjoy making green smoothie, nut butters, grinding wheat and other blended beverage. They possess great strength and resilience, and can manage ingredients that are difficult to process, such as turmeric and peanut butter, with no issue. Before I bought the vitamix blender, I went through the standard practise of buying a cheap blender first, then I moved to a mid level blender such as the ninja blender series. Once I was sure that I need a better performing blender, then I moved to invest in a vitamix machine. Just after a few use, I was convinced that I have invested in the best possible blender.
To maintain your Vitamix blender in proper condition for a prolonged amount of time, it is essential to clean its stainless steel blades correctly after each use.
How to clean vitamix container ?
The following steps with help you to clean vitamix blender with just water and soap
First thing’s first: the best way to clean your Vitamix without the dishwater is to
- use warm water and few drops of soap and add that to the blender jar
- Start the machine on Variable Speed 1, slowly increase to Variable Speed 10, and then switch to High.
- Run on High for 30-60 seconds.
- Pour contents out and rinse thoroughly. You can use small silicone spatula or under blade scraper to remove anything sticking below the blade.
- Turn the container upside down and let air dry.
Hot water or extreme temperatures can damage the motor base and the blender container, so it is best to stick with warm soapy water. After washing the next step is give them a quick rinse with cold water and dry them thoroughly. This quick cleaning is perfect for me most of the times. Once clean, I just let it dry on a towel upside down.
Is vitamix dishwasher safe ?
One of the questions that Vitamix owners often ask is whether it is safe to wash their Vitamix containers in the dishwasher. The good news is that you can wash your Vitamix in the dishwasher. The container or the blender jar, blender cup , lid, and tamper of most Vitamix blenders (Ascent, Ventura, Explorian series ) are all dishwasher-safe. Keep in mind, some Vitamix models aren't dishwasher-safe, so double-check the owner's manual before tossing it in the dishwasher.
You need to follow some simple steps to ensure that it comes out clean and in good shape.
Prior to washing your Vitamix in the dishwasher, be sure to take away any food remnants or marks from the blade assembly, blender base, and motor base. These components can be cleaned with the use of a wet cloth or a soft bottle brush. A few drops of dish soap should be enough to remove any stains.
It is essential to rinse the Vitamix container of any food or liquids before running it in the dishwasher. The container can also be filled with warm water and a drop of dish soap, then blended on high for a few seconds to assist in cleaning the blades.
Next, place the blender container, lid, ,blade base and any other dishwasher safe vitamix parts on the top rack of your dishwasher. . After the container soak, place it on the top rack of your dishwasher and run it through a standard cleaning cycle.
However, personally, I do not like to clean my vitamix frequently in the dishwasher. As a general practice all stainless steel blades are better off if they are washed by tap water ,this helps by increasing the life of the jar by a long time.
Upon completion of the dishwashing cycle, remove the container, lid, and tamper and inspect for any remaining residue or food particles. If needed, employ a soft sponge or brush to delicately scrub the inside of the vessel and lid to take out any remaining food or stains.
Cleaning vitamix blending containers with self cleaning feature
If you have a Vitamix blender with a self-cleaning feature, you can also use this option to clean your blender. First, fill the blender container with warm water and a few drops of dish soap. Then, run the blender on the self-cleaning cycle for a few minutes. After the cycle is complete, give the blender container a quick rinse with cold water.
The self-cleaning option is a preset on few models where the vitamix blender runs on slow speed for few seconds and then runs on full speed for 40-50 seconds
To sanitize container using Vinegar.
This is usefull to clean cloudy vitamix container
I have found these steps in the user manuals of Explorian (E) series blenders only. They are not present in the manual for Ascent or Ventura series. The owners manual for Ascent and Ventura series blender recommend using bleach, however I am not comfortable in cleaning these with bleach, hence not recommending here.
- Fill the vitamix jar upto two thirds of its capacity with a vinegar and water solution. This vinegar and water solution are equal in volume.
- So for the 48 oz jar, fill 16oz with water and 16oz with vinegar.
- Start the blender with variable speed 1 and take it upto variable speed 10. Run for 2 minutes. When done, let it stand for further 3 minutes, total time of 5 minutes. Drain the mixture into the
- You can also add a few drops of dish soap to the vinegar solution to remove any unpleasant odors
If you make curry or turmeric latte then these turmeric stains can result in a yellowed vitamix container. the above technique with 1 or 2 cup of white vinegar with equal quantity of water will help to clean inside of the container.
If you make curry or turmeric latte then these turmeric stains can result in a yellowed vitamix container. the above technique with 1 or 2 cup of white vinegar with equal quantity of water will help to clearn inside of the container.
To clean using baking soda
To clean the vitamix blending container,you can also use 1 teaspoon baking soda with 1-2 cups of water,this will help to clean the blender blades and you can use the same mix to clean other vitamix blender parts(except the motor base).
Tips for cleaning vitamix motor or the base blade
We have number of options to clean up the vitamix blender however to clean the motor base, there are only a few options. As a first step , take a damp cloth and clean the moto base. Then use a clean kitchen towel to wipe the motor base. In the few models like the ascent series, there is a silicon cover on top of the base, that can easily come out to clean it separately.
Tips for cleaning other blender brand .
The same tips are applicable for other blenders. I have a couple of ninja blenders and the same tips work for them.
Ultimately, if the necessary cleaning steps are followed, utilizing the dishwasher to clean your Vitamix is a good idea.To sum up, the dishwasher can be a suitable method for cleaning your Vitamix if the appropriate steps are taken. Make sure to use warm water, remove any food particles or stains, and separate the dishwasher-safe and hand-wash-only parts. Through consistent cleaning, the longevity of your Vitamix blender will be sustained. Vitamix is renowned for its durability and superior quality, making it an excellent investment for those seeking a blender that can also function as a food processor.
Reference 1 - Vitamix Ascent and Venturist series container manual
Reference 2 - Vitamix food processor manual