How to Clean and Care for an Immersion Blender

These simple tips will teach you how to clean an immersion blender to keep it in top condition for years to come!

Immersion blenders are one of the most versatile kitchen tools. From frothy milkshakes to smooth sauces, this device makes prep work easy. (Plus, it’s one of the few kitchen appliances that will cost you under $50!) Use these tips on how to clean an immersion blender to keep it in top condition.

How to Clean an Immersion Blender Super Quick

There’s an easy way to clean an immersion blender that’s actually kind of fun.

  1. After blending your recipe (like this creamy soup), fill a tall glass about three-quarters full with warm soapy water.
  2. Run the blender in the water for 10 to 20 seconds. If needed, empty and refill the glass and repeat. Presto! The immersion blender will be sparkling like new.
  3. Unplug the blender and dry with a paper or kitchen towel.

If you didn’t have time to clean the blender right away (it happens to the best of us!) and find yourself with stuck-on food, you have two options: Dishwasher or soak.

First, check the manufacturer’s instructions to see if the blender attachment is dishwasher safe. If it is, pop it on the top rack of the dishwasher. If your blender attachment is not dishwasher safe, soak it in warm water and then use the above method to clean it.

Be sure to check the blender body for any extra mess caused by splashes. With the blender unplugged, use a damp cloth to wipe off any food. Never run the blender body under water or submerge it.

What to Clean Occasionally

These hand blenders are a favorite tool of celebrity chefs so it’s no surprise they’ll be getting a lot of use in your home kitchen. About once a month check around the buttons and attachment point on the body of the blender for built-up grime.

Make sure your blender is unplugged and the blender attachment has been removed. Use a cotton swab dipped in soapy water to clean around these hard-to-reach areas.

Storage Tips

Storage is very important to keep a hand blender in like-new condition. Before storing the immersion blender, make sure each piece is completely dry. Moisture during storage can lead to mildew on your blender, which is not ideal for a clean kitchen.

Wrap the cord around the widest part of the blender handle before storing. When it is wrapped too tightly around a narrow surface small cracks can form where the cord bends. Be sure to store your blender in a place that is dust-free and away from excessive heat (like next to the oven) and water.

By following these simple care steps your stick blender will be ready to whip up these 40 recipes for years to come!

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Mandy Naglich
Mandy is a food and beverage writer with bylines at WNYC, Munchies, Mic and October. She's a Certified Cicerone and award-winning homebrewer living, writing and cooking in New York City.