Last updated: February 10, 2024
This guide explains step by step how to clean a Vitamix container without using a dishwasher. It’s a quick and easy process!
Have you had a Vitamix blender for a while now, and you start seeing that cloudy film in your container that just won’t go away?
Or perhaps you have only recently bought a Vitamix blender, and you want to make sure the container stays clean?
Then this guide to cleaning a Vitamix container will help you keep it (or make it) look brand new (again). Make a habit of regular and deep cleaning cleaning to keep those nasty stains away.
How to Keep Your Vitamix Container Clean
A powerful Vitamix blender isn’t cheap, so you want to make sure it stays in good shape for as long as you have it in your kitchen.
While Vitamix containers are certainly very durable, that doesn’t mean that you don’t have to look after them.
Luckily for us, cleaning a Vitamix container is very easy. And with some effort, you can keep your Vitamix container looking clean and shiny for many years to come.
If you’ve had a Vitamix container for a while, it likely has that stubborn, cloudy film on the inside. Trust me, you’re not alone. We’ve all been there, including me.
Before we go into the why and the how of that mist build-up in your precious Vitamix container, let’s see what we can do to prevent it from happening in the first place.
1. Regular Cleaning
Each time you use your Vitamix blender, you must clean the container. The easiest way to do this is by putting a few drops of soap in the container, adding a few cups of hot water, and blending for a minute or so.
If you’ve never done this, you’ll be surprised by how effective this process is. Use the high-speed setting for this or the purpose-built cleaning setting if your blender has that option.
Once it’s clean, simply pour out the soapy water (it’s probably hot), rinse carefully, and let it drip dry upside down.
Most people would stop here, but I prefer to dry the container carefully instead of letting it drip dry by itself. It’s just a habit of mine to dry dishes after washing them so I can put them away.
I’m also not a fan of the little water drop stains that often appear after drying. I even take it as far as turning on the Vitamix for a minute after drying, just to blow away any leftover moisture sitting at the blades.
You don’t need to do this if you don’t want to; it’s just something that I prefer to do.
2. Deep Cleaning (Getting Rid of Mist)
The cloudy mist you often see in used Vitamix containers is the build-up of minerals from the vegetables and fruits you blend. It’s quite a common phenomenon as not many people do a deep cleaning of their Vitamix container.
It’s good to point out, though, that this film or mist is not a threat to your health or anything; it just doesn’t look very appealing.
How to Deep Clean a Vitamix Container
Follow these steps to deep clean your Vitamix container and remove any mist residue:
- Put 1 large cup of baking soda in the container.
- Add 1 small cup of white vinegar.
- Mix it up by gently shaking the container.
- Add a few cups of warm water.
- Run your Vitamix blender for 1 minute on high speed.
- Rinse the container thoroughly.
- Use a microfiber towel or damp cloth to wipe the container dry.
I’ve also heard people suggest leaving the solution with water sitting in the container for a while, or even overnight, before turning on the blender. I haven’t tried this yet, but it sounds like a reasonable approach.
What also works is adding a bit of pure lemon juice to make the solution even more potent.
If you find that there are still bits of cloudy film in the container, pour some baking soda and vinegar in a cup and use a tooth brush to remove these remaining spots.
What About Turmeric Stains?
I often use turmeric in my green smoothie recipes as it’s the easiest and quickest way to enjoy the nutritional benefits of this spice.
Although I’ve never had nasty turmeric stains in my Vitamix container, I have seen others that had a very obvious yellow/brown layer on the inside. I’m sure the above method should help to get rid of that type of stain as well.
If it doesn’t go away that easily, try putting your container in bright sunlight for a while, and then clean it with baking soda, vinegar, and water. You may need to use a brush for this for better results.
Is a Vitamix Container Dishwasher Safe?
Technically, yes, most Vitamix containers are dishwasher safe. But I would never recommend getting a machine to clean your Vitamix container as it will increase wear and tear over time.
Vitamix also does not endorse using a dishwasher. Instead, they recommend using the popular self-cleaning method. In fact, using a dishwasher may void their fantastic warranty.
According to Vitamix, the only containers they recommend that can go safely into the dishwasher are the container cups. These compact takeaway containers are much smaller than the conventional container models, but even so, I would still manually clean them.
Apart from the physical wear and tear, I also believe that dishwasher detergents can be a cause of that cloudy film build-up in containers. Some detergents are very chemical and can cause damage to your container over time. This type of damage is very hard to get rid of, if not impossible.
Vitamix has made it super easy for us smoothie fanatics to clean the container. The most enjoyable part of the whole blending process is the self-cleaning bit at the end. It’s fun to see my Vitamix blender clean itself just by pressing a button. It really works!
But you do need to do a few extra things occasionally to avoid getting that misty residue in your Vitamix container. It’s not a big effort, and if you make a habit of it, you can keep blending for many more years without worrying about ugly stains and mist.
Finally, no matter how tempting it may be, please don’t put the container in your dishwasher. I’ve been tempted many times, but I always stick to manually cleaning my Vitamix container.