Add 2 cups room-temperature water and 1 tablespoon vinegar to the blender, put the cover on, and set the blender to medium speed so it continuously pulses for 1 minute.
Discard the vinegar solution and add 2 cups warm water and a small dollop of light dish-washing soap to the blender. With the cover on, set the blender to medium speed so it continuously pulses for 1 minute. Vinegar is a natural neutralizer that takes away strong odours that can linger and spoil your next recipe. For an added clean, replace the vinegar with vodka, which is the best food-safe antibacterial cleaner. Yes, vodka!
Discard the soapy solution, and rinse with warm water until the water runs clear. Add 2 cups water to the blender, then continuously pulse on medium speed with the lid on for 1 minute. Discard the water.
Using a lint-free or microfiber cloth, dry the blender and leave it upside down to air-dry. While the body of the blender is drying, use the same cloth to wipe down the base of the blender and the cord. Use a soapy cloth to remove stubborn, dried-on stains. Dry once clean.
This article originally appeared on Better Homes and Gardens US.