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What To Do About My “Cloudy” Blender Jar

Robyn Openshaw - Updated: March 21, 2024 - - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

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Dear GreenSmoothieGirl: I love my Vitamix / Blendtec, but the jar gets cloudy. What do I do?

Ways to Clean a Cloudy Blender Jar

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Answer: This is what Blendtec customer service says:

Tip #1: Lemon Juice and Baking Soda

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Tip #1: Lemon Juice and Baking Soda are great ways to clean a cloudy blender jar

Combine the juice of 1 lemon, 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda, and some water. Then, run to speed ten and scrub with a non-scratch sponge.

Tip #2: Vinegar And Baking Soda

Put 3 tablespoons baking soda in the blender jar, followed with ½ cup white vinegar and enough hot water to fill the jar. Let soak for 1 hour and rinse.

Tip #3: Powdered Dishwasher Detergent

Dissolve 2 tablespoons powdered dishwasher detergent into enough hot water to fill the jar. Let soak for 1 hour and rinse.

Tip #4: Wash And Dry By Hand

Avoid putting blender jars through the dishwasher, which can scratch up and cloud hard plastics. Instead, thoroughly rinse your blender jar immediately after use, and dry quickly with a soft cloth to avoid spots.

Tip #5: Lemons

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Tip #5: Ground lemons will help clean a cloudy blender jar

To get smells out of your blender jar, grinding up a whole lemon works the same way it does for your garbage disposal. Cut the lemon into pieces, place the pieces in the blender jar, add a bit of water, put the lid on, and grind it on the lowest setting. Let the concoction sit 10 minutes, then rinse.


Do you have your own tips on how to clean a blender? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on August 22, 2012, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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5 thoughts on “What To Do About My “Cloudy” Blender Jar”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    My magic eraser works well too to get the jar clean as well and the base unit. I just can’t seem to get the crevices in the clear plastic part of the lid clean. Maybe I will try soaking it vinegar as you mentioned above.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much Robin! For the past few weeks I’ve been looking at my Vita-Mix and wondering how in the heck to really clean it.
    The lemon/baking soda worked the best for me.
    Really appreciate it!

  3. K Peters says:

    lemon/bakingsoda, never thought of that, thanks!

  4. Dr. Patryce A. Smith~ says:

    Also tip from my hubby the greensmoothie dude…. wash & WIPE after use right away! He insists to do that with our new four sided BlendTec container…& it does sparkle now…hmmm think he has something here :-)..

  5. Angie says:

    Thanks so much for sharing these tips! They’re so helpful! The lemon and baking soda recipe worked very well for me.

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