The Easy Way to Clean Blenders

We still can't get over the "duh!" moment when Gwyneth Paltrow, of all people, showed us how to protect our bathroom counters from hot hair styling tools with silicone pot holders. Click under the jump for yet another I-feel-so-dumb-for-not-thinking-of-this-myself tip for washing out your blender after a smoothie binge.

It turns out that you don't need any fancy as-seen-on-TV tools or wacky named chemicals to clean out that last bit of peanut butter left over from your morning smoothie.

You don't even need your dishwaher—this simple method from one Lifehacker reader gets it done quickly and easily so you're ready for the next batch.

When you're finished with the blender, pour some hot water inside and add a squeeze of liquid dish detergent. Then blend on high for about 15 seconds. It's that easy!

When you think about it, it's your blender's mixing that got the goop stuck in that unreachable place anyway. If you're not getting it all clean, try different blend settings—including whichever you used (ice crush, pulse) for mixing.

Via Lifehacker

(Image: Flickr user Food Thinkers under license from Creative Commons.)

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