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How to Clean Residue from Your Vitamix Blender

Any blender or any food container for that matter when used frequently can get a fine build-up of residue.  There is a super simple way to remove it from your Vitamix blender and it doesn’t involve any harsh chemicals! You’re going to love this!

How to Clean Vitamix Blender


  1. Sprinkle baking soda inside your Vitamix blender.
  2. Pour about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of white vinegar into the blender.
  3. Swirl around. You will see a fizzing action occurring as the baking soda and vinegar react with each other.
  4. Add 2-3 cups warm/hot water.
  5. Run on high for 30-60 seconds.
  6. Rinse thoroughly.
  7. Let dry.

Your container should be like new, sparkly and clear. And the vinegar will not only clean it, but also sanitize it by killing germs! Who knew?!

Don’t Do This with Your Vitamix

  1. Don’t clean your Vitamix in the dishwasher. (This will void their amazing warranty).
  2. Don’t use Comet or other abrasives.
  3. My suggestion: don’t use bleach. Vitamix says you can use a small amount for sterilizing once a month, but vinegar will actually give you the same result! Vinegar kills as much germs as bleach, but it won’t poison YOU!

Other Vitamix Resources

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Green Watermelon Smoothie

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Creamy Vegetable Soup

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10 Responses to How to Clean Residue from Your Vitamix Blender

  1. Ann June 19, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

    Great tips, don’t have a Vitamix but will use on my HB – thanks!

    • AgentSully June 20, 2012 at 11:38 am #

      Ann- this method can work for any type of container! Vinegar and baking soda are a little bit of magic! Use it on hard to clean pots and pans too.
      Someday when you need a new blender, do yourself a favor and get a Vitamix. They have an unbelievable warranty. They will last a lifetime. They are a complete workhorse and they get the job done in no time flat. And as you can see cleaning them is a breeze. No scrubbing or taking things apar!

  2. beffo August 6, 2012 at 10:13 pm #

    Great tips, don’t have a Vitamix but will use on my hb

  3. Anne February 26, 2013 at 6:47 pm #

    Thanks for sharing, timing couldn’t be better!

    • AgentSully February 2, 2014 at 8:52 pm #

      @Anne – so glad! How did it work for you?

  4. Troy February 26, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. Eric714 January 18, 2015 at 9:59 am #

    Thanks for the tips. I will try the baking soda and vinegar to clean my blender.

    But, I have to tell you that bleach and vinegar work by two completely different methods. One is a base and the other is an acid. And bleach is a far better at killing germs than vinegar. There are some organisms that thrive in an acidic environment. Bleach works by oxidizing the cell walls of the organisms. It the microbiological equivalent of using a flamethrower.

    And you should never mix bleach and vinegar. The result could be a release poisonous chlorine gas. Always rinse between the two.

    Just some caution.

    • AgentSully May 29, 2015 at 3:49 pm #

      Thanks for the info Eric!

  6. TC June 22, 2017 at 4:45 pm #

    Followed directions but it did not work. I believe the residue on sides of blender are due to me blending an entire lemon ( seeds, rind) every day. Any other suggestions

    • AgentSully June 22, 2017 at 7:47 pm #

      Sometimes it helps to let it sit with this solution and very hot water. After soaking for say 1 hour then use a bottle brush to clean the sides. Then run it on high and rinse with cold water. It should be clean then.

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