Today’s high-speed blenders do not have containers you can just pop into your dishwasher. Instead of making the containers from glass like the ones on old-time blenders, manufacturers are making them from polycarbonate that must be hand washed. Many of these containers also have motors built in, so no matter how much you’d like to run them through your dishwasher’s steam cycle, you can’t.
Of course, when you first buy your Vitamix, you’re still on your appliance “honeymoon,” and you don’t realize what a problem this is going to be later on. Everything you put into it in the beginning washes out easily, leaving it clean, clear, and impervious to grime. Even better, the Vitamix instructions tell you that you can just fill your blender halfway with hot water, add a drop of dish detergent, and run the blender on high for a few seconds to get the container clean. A quick rinse and it’s done. You have probably seen this demonstrated on TV and thought, “Yes! I was born in the right century!”
Over time, though, you begin to notice the container getting cloudy-looking. It’s no longer crystal clear like when it was new. A little longer than that and your container looks like it has weathered several months of mud and road salt, like your car in winter. A few more months and it appears to have been strapped to the hull of a boat in the Dead Sea, where it became hopelessly clouded with briny water and encrusted with what could be barnacles if you didn’t already know that everything in the Dead Sea is, in fact, dead. If you found yourself staring wistfully at the nice clean container on the Vitamix Bar-Boss unit in the video, you understand the problem. Finally, after many more months of enduring the gradually increasing murkiness of your blender, you’re so desperate for a clean container that you’re ready to just throw it away and buy a new one—or even a whole new Vitamix.
Don’t do it. There is a way to restore your container to a reasonable semblance of its former unclouded glory. In this article with photos, Shae Cantrell explains exactly how to do it, and all it involves in addition to the usual hot water and drop of detergent is some apple cider vinegar and baking soda. Shae lays out a few simple steps, and when you see the difference between the before and after photos, you’ll realize there’s hope even for your own disgusting-looking Vitamix container. It won’t be as crystal clear and impervious to grime as in the beginning, when everything ran off it as if it were waxed, but you won’t have to hide it inside a cupboard anymore either. If you’re beginning to detest your blender container, try this and see if you start to feel the love again.