How to Clean a Blender

Blenders nowadays have become an important piece of kitchen appliances and so you can read reviews on KitchenGuyd about it. But then it is also important to maintain it if you want your blender to work in such way that it was purchased yesterday. And for this, cleaning becomes a crucial part which is very easy if you clean it right after you use it.

You can also scrub it with a sponge for deep cleaning, or you can use water and dish soap for a fast and efficient cleaning. If you don’t know how to do the same in a proper manner, below are some methods you can apply in your daily lives that will help you maintain your blender.

Method 1: Cleaning the Carafe

  • Blend Dish Soap: Fill the blender carafe halfway by adding warm water to it. Now, add some drops of liquid dish detergent. Then, blend it on low setting for about one minute until the carafe is completely sudsy. Now pour the soapy water and wash it till it is completely clean. Remember that you close the lid properly, otherwise, you’ll get soapy water everywhere.
  • Use Lemon to Remove Stains: Again fill the blender halfway with water with some drops of dish soap into it. Now add half a lemon that is coarsely chopped. Then, blend the mixture for a minute or so. By doing so it would wash away all the stains and leave the carafe looking fresh. Instead of using lemons, white vinegar can be another option. It may not smell good like a lemon but is effective in the same way.

Cleaning the Carafe

  • Scrub Stubborn Stains: Take a rough sponge, steel wool or a toothbrush, depending on the strength of the material. Add some water and dish soap into the blender, and now wash away all the stains with the help of the rubbing tool until they disappear.
  • Soak the Dirty Blender Overnight: Make a mixture of baking soda, vinegar and dish soap. First, add a cup of vinegar into the carafe. Now, add some drops of liquid dish detergent and about half-cup of baking soda. Let the bubbles come to the top and subside. Blend the mixture and let it soak into the carafe for few hours. After this, pour the mixture into the sink. Wash the carafe in such way that it is completely clean. If it still smells like baking soda and vinegar, quickly blend it again with dish
    soap and water only.
  • Allow the Blender to Dry: After you are done with everything, leave the jug upside-down to dry. After sometime when the blender jug is completely dry, put the lid back on it, because a moist interior can lead to condensation and increases the chance of bacterial growth.

Method 2: Cleaning the Base

  • Wipe Down the Base: Take a towel or sponge soaked in warm soapy water and then press it out until it is damp. Now, with the help of the cloth clean the base of the blender if any food or liquid has spilled over there. Remember not to wash the base as it may damage the electronic motor and control system of the appliance.
  • Use a Q- tip to Clean Control Buttons: If there’s any build-up of blended gunk present in the cracks of blender’s control interface, it may become difficult to remove everything with a sponge. Dip the Q-tip in rubbing alcohol and wipe the around the gunky buttons using the same.

Read More From Us:

The Secret to a Cleaner Kitchen

I enjoy organizing. Sure, it’s hard work, and when I’m knee-deep in whatever I’m sorting and rearranging I can feel overwhelmed and bitter. But at the end, when the drawer or the shelf or the room is neat and orderly, I get that rush of accomplishment: satisfaction in a job well done.

Cleaning doesn’t give me that rush. Ever. Yes, I like a neat, clean house with shining floors and sparkling mirrors. But those results (possibly because they’re so fleeting—thanks, kids) never feel worth the work. At least not my own work: The few times I’ve had professional cleaning help, I’ve absolutely loved walking through the door to appreciate the fruits of their labor.

Kitchen Cleaning TipsSince I’m the one cleaning these days, I try to minimize the pain as much as possible—particularly in the kitchen, which gets really filthy in a hurry.

The number-one way to keep the kitchen cleaner? Never let it get dirty.

Okay, okay, I know that’s not entirely possible. But you can come close. For example, you can clean the kitchen faucets so that there are no water spots, clean the sink if you put dirty dishes right into the dishwasher instead of letting them pile up in the sink first, you’ll never have a sinkful of dirty dishes to deal with. (And you do know that if your dishwasher is new-ish, like fewer than 7 years old, you don’t have to rinse dishes before loading, right? Modern dishwashers are designed to clean unrinsed dishes, and you’ll just be wasting water if you rinse them—unnecessarily—first.)

When you’re cooking, use a grease screen to keep oil from splattering up from the pan and onto nearby surfaces. Wipe up spills around the cooktop and on its surface while they’re wet—it’s much easier to clean off a wet spill right away than to chip off a dried-up, burnt-on mess later. See a spot on the floor? Wipe it up with all-purpose cleaner now; you won’t have to scrub at it with your mop three days from now. Whipping egg whites in the stand mixer? Clean off those flying flecks ASAP—before they turn to meringue-cement as they dry.

You get the picture: Clean as you go. It’s that simple.

Unfortunately, you’ll still have to “deep clean” from time to time (wish I knew how to eliminate that all together…) but not as often.

Sculptural Kitchen Faucets

A talented interior designer I interviewed recently said something interesting about faucets. She was telling me about the design of her own kitchen, and she recounted how she’d become laser-focused on finding the perfect faucet. To find a kitchen faucet is not a difficult task, the most basic thing before selecting kitchen faucets is that you must be aware of your requirements.

Danze Sirius Kitchen Faucet

If you are clear about your requirement, you will find a better product easily.Why? Because her house has an open floorplan, and the faucet is visible from nearly every room. The utilitarian kitchen faucet became a sort of linchpin for her entire style sensibility, and so it had to be just right. Kitchen faucets can be used as both a utility and styling thing, if you want to give your kitchen a designer look you must choose that accordingly.

Delta Trinsic Single-Handle Kitchen Faucet

I’ve been noticing a lot of elegant, sculptural faucets lately, and they seemed a little too much to me—until I thought about what that designer said. If your entire living space revolves around your kitchen island, say, wouldn’t you want the focal point of that design to be something special? I would.  So, I guess after reading this article, you must be aware of which type of kitchen faucets you want to buy. If you have any doubts regarding the kitchen faucets feel free to contact us here.

Blue Kitchens: 10 Bright Ideas

Blue is my favorite color. When I play a game, I want the blue piece. My favorite fruit? Blueberries, of course. My bedroom is blue; my bathroom is blue; my sons’ rooms are blue; my living room is (mostly) blue, and my kitchen is….green. Okay, so it’s mint green, admittedly a blue-based shade, but still: not blue.

Why did I veer off track in that one, all-important room?

Because I wanted the kitchen to look warm, from the sand-colored countertops to the light oak floor—and blue just felt too crisp and cool for a space I hoped would shout “welcome”.

That’s not to say I don’t like blue kitchens. Actually, I love them. One of my all-time favorite kitchens is a study in bright white, with a backsplash of periwinkle blue subway tiles. But that kitchen was in a New Jersey Shore beach house, where the watery palette looked right at home, especially in the summer. Someday, I hope to have my own beach house to drench in all the blue and white it can take, but until then, I’ll have to live vicariously.

So, for anyone else who shares my blue mood (and I’m betting there are a lot of you; 40% of people worldwide picked blue as their favorite color, making it the most popular color on Earth), I’ve collected 10 brilliant blue kitchens. Dive into the big blue…


Southern Accents

This is similar to my all-time-favorite blue kitchen. I think the bamboo blinds are the key to the success of this space: They add just enough natural texture and color to balance all the stark white, cold glass, and shiny tile. Make sure the Kitchen Faucets you buy, matches the shade of the cooktop stove and chimney.

House Beautiful

Normally, when I ooh and aah over a blue kitchen, I’m drawn to paler shades of blue, but I love the near-navy cabinetry in this space. It’s so crisp and clean and feels surprisingly contemporary. I think I would have opted for a stainless steel refrigerator instead of one panel to match the cabinets, just to up the mod factor a bit, but still—it’s gorgeous, isn’t it?


Here’s a very different approach to blue cabinetry. Not quite as dramatic as the example above, but super-sophisticated. The linchpin of the design (Jennifer Lopez’s home, incidentally, is the black La Cornue range: It grounds the light-as-air space with an unexpected dose of depth. Donkee House

Here’s a solution for the blues-obsessed among us who can’t quite commit to a true-blue room: Go blue on the down-low. I love painted wood floors, and these aqua wide-plank floors are just perfect. The rooms still look warm and inviting, thanks to the mustardy walls and the pops of red, but cool, too.

Mother Nature Inspired

You might consider this kitchen “cheating”: after all, it’s not blue, it’s gray. But I chose it for the fabulous retro refrigerator—what a great way to introduce a strong color into an essentially neutral (and uber-chic) space. The flower-filled canisters on the island pull the turquoise from the fridge back into the picture just enough to make it work, without feeling too matchy-matchy. Design Wagen

I’m a big believer in balance, in design as in everything else. So in a very sleek, contemporary space like this one, I love to see some element that provides a counterpoint to all the minimalism. The busy pattern of oblong tiles does the trick quite nicely. And kudos to the designer for choosing wood countertops and floors—imagine how clinical this kitchen would have felt if either surface had been white.


This shot is from a showroom, so the props are a little stagey (notice the weirdly placed macaroons and an overabundance of chickens), but I chose it for two important reasons. First, I really like the combination of pale blue and sandstone—it’s somehow fresher than blue and white, which (much as I love it) is just so expected. Second, the woodgrain: Note how you can see the texture of the wood through the stain. That little detail makes the cabinetry endlessly more interesting.

One last take on blue cabinets. I’ve seen so many older kitchens with perfectly serviceable wood cabinets—invariably in an uninspiring shade of brown. Imagine if those dull doors were stripped and stained a soft blue, letting the wood grain show through a bit. Add some simple, contemporary hardware and inexpensive subway tiles and you’ve got a cool, modern kitchen. On a budget. Go blue…save green.


I hardly know where to start with this picture—there are so many great things to mention. The two shades of blue on the walls and trim are a genius: close enough to highlight the architecture without looking all period. And I love the way the prints are displayed, just floating inside plain black frames. Again, a modern twist on a traditional look. But the bright red chairs are the best part. I, for one, would never think to pair tomato red with pale blue (I always go for an orange-and-blue combo, myself) but it works amazingly well—even with the hint of chartreuse on the table. Amazing!

House Beautiful

Last but not least: Here’s an example of too much of a good thing. I love the patterned ceiling, and the island is fabulous—the chrome trim really makes it sing. To me, the floor, countertops, bar stools, and light fixtures are just overkill. But how great would this island look in the kitchen with slate floors and stainless steel countertops? Do you agree? Let me know!

How to use a home espresso machine

If you are a coffee lover then it is natural for you to crave a cup of espresso every now and then and what better way to satiate your needs by getting an espresso machine for home use. If you are an ardent espresso lover, then it is the time that you get yourself an espresso machine. Worried that you won’t know how to use it properly?

Don’t worry, an espresso machine is quite easy to use and if you follow these steps, you would be easily able to make your own espresso as and when you want:


  1. The first step would be to fill your espresso’s reservoir or attach it to a water line for continuous supply of water. You need to make sure that the water which is supplied to the espresso is cold, filtered and isn’t too hard or soft. It is important to provide your machine with the right quality of water to make a perfect cup of espresso. If your water is too distilled, then it would harm your boiler but if your water is too hard, then it would get accumulated on the inside.
  2. Once you have successfully provided your espresso with a good quality water, you need to turn the espresso machine on and give it some time to heat up. This could take 15 minutes or 45 minutes, it all depends on the size of your espresso machine. Make sure that you give it some buffer time too before you start using it.
  3. Now, you need to take an empty portafilter and lock it in the group head and run the machine for a few seconds. This will heat up the water which is close to your coffee and get more fresh water in the front. Once it is done, you need to wipe dry the inside of the portafilter and the underside of the group head.
  4. Now, grind your coffee to a finely, course size and then pour some 18-21 grams of this freshly ground coffee in the portafilter. Once the coffee leaves the chute, you need to rotate the portafilter to ensure that the grounds settle evenly in the basket. You can also use your forefingers to evenly spread them out.
  5. Now position your wrist and arm directly over the center of the portafilter basket and press firmly to make an even, bed-sized shape.
  6. Now, place the portafilter back on the group head and start the brewing. If your machine comes with a separate pre-brew or pre-infusion, then it is advisable to complete this first. This is a good way to brew your freshly ground coffee as the pre-infusion process allows the stored gasses to be released before the whole infusion begins.
  7. Once the above processes are completed, you can start with the infusion process and the brewing and can decide a yield for your brew. You can also mix cream by stirring or by pouring your espresso into another cup and then serve it. Love for coffee is constant and that isn’t replaceable, if you are not wishing to spend much on buying an espresso machine you can get the similar taste using drip coffee maker, here are the drip coffee maker reviews that may help you out.

If you are not a coffee lover and prefer other beverages we have a list of mocktails for the upcoming summers that will keep you chilled and refreshed.

5 Reasons we prefer pre-rinse faucets in our kitchen

You must be aware that Pre-Rinse Kitchen Faucets were previously a popular commercial commodity but nowadays it has become more popular at homes too.

Why are people going for this faucet? What is so special about it? Pre-Rinse Kitchen faucets are great for any kitchen because they provide the functionality of a commercialized faucet and provide you with a professional look and feel for your kitchen.

Here are a few benefits of using a Pre-Rinse Kitchen Faucets in your home or restaurant kitchen:

Spray up to great distance with ease

With its high-arc spout, you can spray deep into your sink and for long ranges with considerable ease and clean big vessels very easily.

So if you are one of those who owns a big, deep sinks then getting a Pre-Rinse Kitchen Faucet would be the correct decision for you as it can definitely help to clean up the kitchen faucets.

You can use its sprayer to clean utensils out of the sink also which makes the whole cleaning process faster and more efficient.

You can angle your spray as you want

Due to its high-pressure pull-out nozzle and flexible neck, it is easier to clean pots and pans from whatever angle you need to which is just not possible with the other kitchen faucets.

You can twist it into a 360-degree angle and spray your utensils clean from all sides in just a few minutes and its grooves on the spout make it easier for you to hold the faucet and spray it in whichever direction you want. Check out faucet reviews and comparison charts for a model with such flexibility and ease of use.

Great for cleaning purposes

Another great benefit of this Faucet is that it provides you with various spray settings for your faucet, so if you want the high-pressure spray to remove stubborn stains and dirt from your dishes, then you got it.

But if you want to gently rinse your veggies or plates, you can just use a low-pressure setting and perform your task easily.

Since it is mobile too, you can clean your dishes inside both deep sinks and outside the sinks making sure that your cleaning process is not hampered due to any reason.

Flexibility and Adaptability

The best part about this faucet is that it is so flexible and adaptable. You can find any size which you need which makes it a good bet for most households.

Its extended arm keeps a hold on the faucet spout when you don’t want to use the hose, keeping it stationary at a place. But you can always use your flexible hose whenever you want and you can remove it from the extended arm to do so.

So basically you can hold it stationary and let it remain flexible, you have the option to do both which is not found in many facets.

Great looks and feels

With all its amazing features and functionalities, this faucet’s benefits are still not over. It provides your kitchen with a modern and classy look and makes your kitchen into a more professional area.

So if you want to impress your guests while efficiently using your faucet to clean the dishes, then Pre-Rinse Kitchen Faucet is the one for you. It will provide you with a comfortable and attractive looking faucet which will make you feel good about your kitchen too.