How to clean the mixer grinder? If you are looking for smart and easy ways to do so, you have dropped by the right page! I wouldn’t be wrong if I say that this appliance is used almost every day, right?
Table of Contents
- Parts of a Mixer Grinder
- What are the Best Cleaning Agents?
- Mixer Grinder Parts: Best ways to clean
- Tips to Maintain a Mixer Grinder
Chutneys, milkshakes, masalas, dips; Grinding, mixing, blending, pureeing – This monster can do it all! But what about the aftermath? Do you just rinse it with water and soap? Sure, that can clean up your mixer. On a daily basis, you can follow this simple cleaning method. But what about the odour? What about the tough stains that refuse to come out?
My friend, you can’t take chances with your mixer grinder being stained or smelly or dirty. You are going to be consuming everything you prepare in the appliance. Keeping your well being in mind, I am here to discuss the most effective ways to clean the mixer grinder.
If you promise to follow all the instructions on my blog, it will be a win-win situation for you.
You can be definite about the following things:
So, how to clean the mixer grinder? Let’s find out.
Parts of a Mixer Grinder
Before I mention all the ways to clean the mixer grinder, I would like to throw some light on all the parts of this appliance that requires cleaning.
Yes, all of these mixer grinder parts require deep cleaning once in a while.
What are the Best Cleaning Agents?
1. Washing Powder
I bet until now you used the washing powder only to clean up your stained clothes. Fair enough, it was invented solely for that purpose. What if I tell you that you can use the washing powder to clean up your mixer grinder as well? I am not kidding; it is a multi-utility cleaner.
There is no specification on this. You can use any brand that exists at home. You don’t have to go out and get another one.
Method: There are two ways of cleaning the mixer grinder with washing powder.
- One, if you want to go as natural as possible, simply dilute the powder with water. Run through a damp cloth on the mixer grinder body to make the surface a bit wet. Apply this solution with a sponge and scrub it hard. Do the same even while cleaning the inside of the jar, lid and jar handle.
- The second way of using the washing powder is by mixing it with two tablespoons of vinegar. Make the mixture thick enough. Apply it all over or just the stained parts. Let the mixture rest for a few seconds. Then make use of a non-abrasive scrub to eradicate all the stains. You will find your mixer grinder looking new as ever.
2. Liquid dishwasher cleaner
If you have a dishwasher at home, you are certainly going to have the liquid cleaner at home. Isn’t it so cool to be able to use one cleaner for two kitchen appliances? Dishwasher and mixer grinder.
Method: It is already a liquid solution; however, you need to reduce the thickness slightly. Add very little water to it. Once that’s done, all you need is a scrub. You can clean up every part of the mixer grinder with it. Wipe it off with a wet cloth first and then a dry cloth.
3. Baking powder
Baking powder is one of the most effective cleaning agents. And the best part about it is that you can use it to clean every kitchen appliance. The cleaning characteristics of baking powder is magical. So yes, it is a keeper.
- Take a bowl and fill it with two tablespoons of baking powder.
- Add very little water to the bowl and make it a thick paste.
- Apply this paste on the outer surface of the grinder and inside the jar.
- Leave it on for about 20 minutes.
All the dirt and stains will loosen up completely. Later on, clean it up with running water. Not just clean, but your mixer grinder is going to be odour free as well.
4. Liquid detergent
It sounds basic, but it is as powerful as the other options. Most likely, you will have this one in your house, and you do not have to go hunting for one. You can use whichever liquid detergent you like; only make sure it is mild.
Method: Pour some liquid detergent into the jar and run it for a few seconds. Once you open the lid, you are going to find some foam in it. You can clean that simply with water. Once done, I assure you the jar is going to feel fresh and hygienic. To eliminate the stains from the grinder body, just take an absolutely clean cloth and dip it in the liquid. Rub it on the mixer and then wipe it with another dry cloth. And you are done!
5. Citric acid
We all know how effectively citric acid can eliminate any kind of stain. So, get your lemons out of the fridge. I would recommend you to use two. Cut them and extract the juice.
Method: Run the lime juice in the jar for a few seconds, just like the liquid detergent. Once done, just run it through clean water. Get your smelling organs into action. Doesn’t the jar smell good and refreshing? I bet you cannot smell any odour. Now, get your hands on the lime peels. Scrub it hard on the parts you feel are stained horribly. Within a few seconds, it will all come out. Once that’s done, just clean it with water and let it dry out naturally. Your mixer grinder is going to look polished and spotless. That’s what lime is capable of!
Dark or stubborn, it does not matter. Vinegar can easily remove all possible kinds of stains. You can apply vinegar just like baking powder or liquid detergent. But I am going to mention one unique application for this solution.
Method: Do you have an empty spray bottle at home? If yes, perfect. If not, I have another easy-peasy option for you. You surely will find an empty hand wash bottle. Just bring that out. Pour two tablespoons of white vinegar into it. Add some lukewarm water to it. You can also add up some liquid cleaner to this solution. However, this is completely optional. The result is going to be the same with or without the liquid. Now spray this solution all over or just the stained parts. Once that’s done, clean it up with a dry cloth.
7. Water and Alcohol
No, I am not asking you to drink it. Prepare this mixture, and you will see how it can do the job in no time! Alcohol can make your appliance shine and sparkle.
Method: Take a bowl full of water and add some alcohol to it. Well, you can go easy on the quantity of alcohol. Pour some solution into the jar and let it rest for ten minutes. Before you clean that up, you can swirl it once. The mixture can surely eradicate all the smell from the jar. Do not shut the lid immediately. Keep it open and let the alcohol smell (in case any) air out. I am sure you are left with some more solution of it. It’s time to clean the mixer grinder body. Take a hand towel or cotton. Dip it in the mixture and scrub it through the entire surface. Even the unstained areas. You are definitely going to find your appliance shining.
Disinfect your mixer grinder effectively using bleach. This cleaning method is mainly for the jar and not the other mixer grinder parts. That’s because it may be harmful to your hands. So, add a spoon of chlorine bleach to the jar with some warm water. Let this mixture be in for ten minutes. Then give it a swirl. Once done, rinse it with water.
You now know all the clever hacks on how to clean the mixer grinder. But there’s more to it. I am now going to guide you briefly on how to clean each part.
Mixer Grinder Parts: Best ways to clean
We have already discussed all the mixer grinder parts which require cleaning. What are the best ways to clean each one of them? Let’s find out.
1. How to clean mixer grinder blades?
Putting in your hands to clean the mixer grinder blades is like risking a cut on your fingers. So, please don’t try that method. We have discussed so many optimum solutions above. Pouring them in the jar and giving it a swirl is going to clean the blades completely. However, there’s one more way which you may not have even thought about. Bring out your mixer grinder box. You will find a plastic knife in it. In case you have misplaced it, you can purchase it separately. Place the backside of it on the blade nut. Now simply turn it clockwise to detach the blade. It will be out in just a few seconds. Then you can ahead and clean it the way you want. Once you are done, use the same method to attach it back.
Cleaning the inside part of the jar is super simple. We have all the possible options above. Let’s focus on the bottom part of it. I am going to reveal one of the most effective methods of doing it. Obviously, you got to turn the jar upside down. Is it too dirty? Don’t worry. My magical method is going to make it spotless.
Add one spoon of baking soda and white vinegar directly to it. Once that’s done, you will notice some fizz build up. That should not be your concern. Leave this mixture overnight. All the dirt and stains are going to loosen up completely. Bring out a clean toothbrush in the morning and begin to scrub it. Honestly, you won’t have to put in too much effort. That’s only because of leaving the mixture overnight. Well, you will be done in five minutes.
3. How to clean the mixer grinder body?
Cleaning the mixer grinder body is the easiest. Keep a cloth handy. Washing powder, dishwasher cleaner, baking powder, liquid detergent, citric acid, vinegar, alcohol, water. Choose what you like! You can also find some ready stain cleaners in the market. They are pretty good as well. However, they will cost you much more than the methods mentioned above.
4. How to clean the rubber gasket?
I am so surprised to see the effort put in by users to clean the mixer grinder but not the rubber gasket. Be honest. How many of you clean the rubber gasket? Honestly, there is no point in cleaning the appliance if you are neglecting this part. If there is any dirt or stain on it, it is sure to reach what you are preparing in the jar.
If you ask me, I wouldn’t recommend using either of the mentioned solutions to clean this part. Just take a bowl full of warm water and place the rubber gasket in it. Let it sit for some time. All the dirt, grease, stuck food particles and stains will come out by themselves. After a while, you can run it through water and soap. You are done. Keep it simple!
5. How to clean the base of the mixer grinder?
Most likely, the base of the mixer grinder will not be very sticky or dirty. So, you don’t have to do much to clean that area. Using a damp cloth should do the job for you. Just in case if you spot any stain, you may use soapy water to clean it. Oh, before you do anything. Remember to unplug the appliance.
6. How to clean the speed control knob?
Your dirty hands can surely pass on the filth to the knob. Or you may just find some grime or dust sitting on the knob. Irrespective of what’s on it, you can remove it with the help of a wet cloth or paper towel.
7. How to clean the jar cap?
You can clean the jar cap exactly the way you would clean the mixer grinder body or base. Besides that, there’s one more easy way to clean it. Boil some water and add a pinch of salt to it. Once the water cools down to being lukewarm or room temperature, just put the jar cap in it. Let it rest for a while, and then just dry it out.
8. Wire and switch
Yes, these are the two parts which also have a high possibility of getting dirty. One reason could be because of dust. Secondly, it can be because of some uncalled food splatters. And the third reason could be simply your unclean hands. Therefore, you must clean this as well. A cloth is all you need.
Best Ways to Clean the mixer grinder? Done.
How to clean every mixer grinder part? Done.
Tips to Maintain a Mixer Grinder
I am going to keep this segment short and sweet. Once you bring home the best mixer grinder, you are just halfway done. You need to put in a little effort to maintain the appliance. Well, in case you are looking for some great options, peak through our blog on 9 Best Mixer Grinders in India 2021 – Reviews & Buyer’s Guide.
Okay, now let’s get to my checklist.
How long does a mixer grinder last? If this was going to be your next question for me, I have my answer ready. Follow every little detail mentioned on my blog, and I promise your mixer grinder will stay with you for at least ten years.
One Last Thought
You positively know how to clean the mixer grinder now. But I forgot to mention one secret. There will be some tiny little areas where you won’t be able to reach.
Toothpick, toothbrush, earbuds! These three petite things will do the drill for you. Have you ever tried them? Get your hands on it today!
As a preventive measure, ALWAYS unplug your appliance before cleaning it. Barring the jar, of course.
Is there anything more I can help you with?