How to Make Your Vitamix Look New Again

How to Clean a Vitamix

I have a confession to make: I have blender shame.

I’ve had my Vitamix almost two years now, and I don’t think I’ve ever given the container a good clean. I use it at least 3 times a day, sometimes up to five times in a day – green smoothies, protein smoothies, nut cheeses, sauces. I have gotten plenty of use out of this thing. And it was definitely showing!

Every time I go to the health food shop and see their shiny new Vitamix containers, I want to buy a new one because of how disgusting mine is.

Take a look at the state of my Vitamix:

Dirty Vitamix Dirty Vitamix

Oh, the horror!

I’m sorry you had to see that.

But don’t worry, I’ve got a solution to fix it.

This method is for cleaning a blender with grime on it, here are instructions for everyday cleaning.

Everyday Cleaning

  1. Fill blender container halfway with hot water and a drop of detergent. Blend on high for 1 minute. Rinse with warm water.

How to Clean Your Vitamix (And Make it New Again)

These instructions will likely work for any blender, although I haven’t tried it.

To wash the container:

  1. In your blender container, fill half way with hot water and add the following ingredients:
    • Drop of detergent (I love Dr Bronners soap – lemon scented works great here)
    • 2 Tbsp baking soda
    • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  2. Blend on high for 1-2 minutes
  3. Take the container over to the sink and remove the container lid (keep the liquid).
  4. Using a soft bristled brush, gently scrub the blender down, removing as much grime as you can. Scrub both lid parts. (If you don’t have a brush, you can do this step with a cloth)
  5. Using a soft cloth, scrub off the grime thats left. Clean all the nooks, the spout, the outside of the blender, the handle and the lid. Get off as much grime as you can.
  6. Empty the dirty water and wash with clean, warm water.
  7. Fill the blender halfway with hot water and a drop of detergent. Blend on high for 1 minute.
  8. Wash with hot water.

To wash the Vitamix base:

  1. Remove the rubber base that the Vitamix sits on. Under warm water, scrub with a soft brush, and then wipe over with a cloth. Leave to dry.
  2. Using a damp cloth, wipe over the whole Vitamix base, under where the rubber base was, the switches, the black base part. You can use a soft toothbrush to get into the nooks.
  3. Using a dry tea towel, wipe the base dry.
  4. Dry the rubber base and re-attach.

Marvel at your beautiful, new-looking, sparkling blender!

Then make a green smoothie and get it dirty again.

Green Smoothie

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25 comments on “How to Make Your Vitamix Look New Again

  1. Shae, this is so helpful!!! I love my VitaMix and always feel a tinge of embarrassment when I’m trying to sell a newbie on the wonders of green smoothies and they look askance at my stained blender!! Of course, one sip of a yummy smoothie and that goes away, but your post was so great! I will definitely try this!!

    • Hi Erin, Oh I know the feeling – blender shame! I never liked anyone seeing mine either. Now it feels like I have a new Vitamix and its awesome! Let me know how it works for you 🙂

  2. Shae! It totally worked!!! I even forgot the drop of detergent on one of my pitchers and it still worked great! I had a few stubborn spots, so used steel wool on those, after letting the blended mixture sit for a moment, and now my VitaMix looks like new again! The only “downside” is my deep loathing of the smell of vinegar, but it is a small price to pay for sparkling pitchers!! Thanks!!! 🙂

    • Hi Erin, Oh thats so awesome!! Yep I had a few stubborn spots too. If you don’t like vinegar, try using lemon juice next instead, should work just as well :). You might even be able to use lemon juice to get the vinegar scent off.

  3. I’m trying a similar process right now. 1/2 cup vinegar + 2 cups water + dash of baking soda. Let it soak for a bit before I blend it up. My only concern is won’t the acid in the vinegar dull the vitamix blades?

    • Hi there, you would have to look into that as I’m not sure. I wouldn’t soak it for too long just in case. For a gentler clean, you could use the juice of a lemon instead. Let me know how you go with it!

  4. I have blender shame also and so does my mum. Mine looks a little like yours. Except mine is stained yellow from blending turmeric in it everyday. I also love how all the people selling a vitamix or using one on tv have these amazing new clean looking blenders. I forgot mine ever looked like that. Thanks for this info.

  5. How would you recommend cleaning the handle? Water has gotten into the handle and is starting to smell. I don’t want to pull it off fearing that it might break off.

    • Hi Susan, sorry I don’t really have any tips on the handle, that hasn’t happened to mine. I would try contacting vitamix as that probably shouldn’t even happen to the handle, and you never know they might have some tips or even replace it if under warranty. x

  6. What great advice! I’ve done this about 3x and I swear I can’t get all the nooks and crannies super clear. I’ve also scratched mine (AUGH!!) Can you tell me what brush you use?

    • Hi Sasha, use a soft brush first and then grab a wet cloth to get into all the nooks and use your nails to get the really tough parts. Hope that helps!

  7. I’m in clean canister heaven! You need a youtube video btw. I just spent time searching videos, and wasn’t willing to bust out the steamer…searched again, find your page and wa-la. You rock, thanks for posting.

  8. Another good idea that I use to clean my vitamix is to boil some water, pour it in my cannister (about 1/2 way). I then cut up a lime into 4 quarters, add to the water & blend for 2-3 minutes. I’m sure lime smells much better than vinegar. The problem I have is the base. I can’t get a brush small enough to scrub between the crevices. And it’s all stained white! Not sure what to do. I’ve actually been tempted to take the acorn nut off & take it apart, but I’m affraid it will never be the same. I’m going to a demo at whole foods this weekend. Maybe they can help!

  9. I’m confused how it could get so dirty… cleanup is less than 10 seconds after a smoothie…!? More importantly – the bacteria that grows on food particles left on kitchenware can make you very sick. So for that reason alone, and to prolong the life of your blade and jug, clean it please!

  10. This totally worked like a charm – I have tried several other methods that did nothing to remove the white stuff. Regarding blade removal = Vitamix sells the wrench for $10 that made removal a snap to remove and replace.

  11. Thank you this worked marvelously! Ive had my vitaxmix for 3 years and it was showing a bit of grime. This worked wonders. Looks new. 🙂

  12. 🙁 this didn’t work for me….yet! I’m going to keep repeating until it does! Mine is fairly new – I guess it could be from blending nuts? I read that somewhere. Thanks for the tip….keeping my fingers crossed.

  13. I wash mine each time I use it with dishwasher soap, but it’s all cloudy and yucky looking. I’ve tried vinegar, but the “etching” is still there. My daughter lives in LosAngeles and after moving to a new (softer water) location hers looks like new!! Must be my hard water??

  14. I spoke to a Vitamix representative at Costco this week and he recommended Fantastik 409 Green (food grade), and leaving in on for a while to get rid of dark fruit stains. However I have realised that these are two separate products. Has anyone tried this?!

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