Imagine you want to make a strawberry milkshake and, your blender reeks of onion! What a displeasure, right?
This article is about to unravel some great hacks for a clean and odour free mixer grinder!
Daily Cleaning Tips
If you have a food processor, it is easier to clean. The blades can be detached and cleaned.
Cleaning a mixer jar can be difficult. Food particles tend to get stuck underneath the blades. But don’t worry! You have stumbled upon the right article!
You can follow these steps to clean your mixer grinder every time you use it.
Firstly, avoid putting it in the dishwasher! On being subjected to hot water, the blades will become blunt over time.
Wash it by hand using warm water and soap. Gently begin by scrubbing the centre and then moving on to the edges of the blade. If you’re concerned about hurting yourself, use a toothbrush.
Container and Lid
Fill the container with warm water. Add a few drops of liquid soap into the container and put the lid on.
Let the mixer run for a minute. Discard the dirty water and thoroughly wash it.
Soaking for a few minutes in soapy water is a good practice.
Leave it for air drying after washing. Wiping with a cloth will again leave marks. If you want to wipe, use a paper napkin.
Do not forget the crevices and the mixer handle. Food particles can get stuck there too. Use a toothbrush or mini scrub to reach those points!
Deep Cleaning Tips
Apart from cleaning every time after use, it is necessary to deep clean it once a week. Food remains can cause mould to grow.
Even the exterior gets stained from constant use. The jar or container also might have a food odour.
You don’t need any fancy cleaning agents. Here are some tricks you can adopt at home-
Don’t throw away the lemon peels after making yourself a lemonade! Lemon peels help in removing stains. Rub it all over the exterior and let it stay for 20 minutes.
You can even use it on the mixer jar for getting rid of tiny food particles. The citrusy smell of the lemon also counteracts the food odour. After 20 minutes, wash it in warm water.
Take ½ a cup of baking soda and make a paste out of it. Apply it on the mixer grinder. Leave it for 20 minutes and wash it with warm water. It helps in removing stains and odours.
Why is baking soda an effective cleaning agent?
Baking soda is alkaline, its pH being 8. Most of the odours are acidic. Baking soda captures it and neutralizes the odour.
Baking soda and soap are both alkaline, then what makes baking soda better? Baking soda is slightly more abrasive than soap. Soap has fat molecules in contrast to baking soda which is a stronger alkaline.
Take 2 tablespoons of vinegar and ½ cup water. Make a solution and pour it into the blender.
Blitz it up for a minute and discard it. Wash the blender in water and let it air dry.
It will help remove strong odours and minute particles.
Combine baking soda and vinegar for even deeper cleaning. It works wonders!
It will not only help in getting rid of odour but will also give the jar a glossy look!
Combine ½ cup of alcohol and water. Pour it into the jar and let it sit for 30 minutes. After that, discard it and wash it with warm water.
You can use any alcohol or buy a bottle of rubbing alcohol. Rubbing alcohol is a colorless solution made of isopropyl alcohol, commonly found in stores.
You might not find this hack anywhere, but it has personally worked for me!
Take a potato and wash it. Dice it and put it into the blender. Let it run for 2 minutes. Discard it and wash it with clean water.
It helps in removing odour, especially when you want to make a milkshake and the blender has a strong smell of ginger-garlic paste or anything savoury.
The starch molecules in the potato attach themselves to the blade and also sharpen it!
While cleaning the mixer grinder, do not wet the electric cord. You can wipe it with a damp cloth.
By now, your mixer grinder must be spick and span. If you want to up your game and go an extra mile by sharpening the blade, here’s a pro tip!
Add some rock salt into the jar in crystallized form. Pulse it in intervals. Add more lumps and repeat the process. Take the salt out and wash the jar. Your blades are much sharper now!
A liquid soap is what we generally use and, there is no harm in doing so. But it may not be effective in tackling the odour. Stubborn stains tend to remain. Sometimes soap even tends to leave behind its scent. Try these hacks, and you won’t be disappointed!