How To Clean A Vitamix Container: 5 Simple Steps

how to clean a vitamix containerVitamix models have a self-cleaning program you can activate after using your blender. So why do you still need to clean the Vitamix container manually?

Vitamix containers accumulate residue and develop a foggy substance after some time. You will need to do some intense cleaning when this happens.

Wondering how to clean a Vitamix container without damaging your blender? Read through!

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Cleaning A Vitamix Container

Clean your Vitamix blender after every use to avoid the buildup of residue. Even though Vitamix containers can auto-clean themselves, stubborn stains will need extra attention. Avoid using chemically harsh cleaning products when cleaning to avoid unnecessary health hazards. Avoid hurting yourself when cleaning the Vitamix container.

Vitamix containers have a very sharp blade assembly that can easily injure you. To find out how to safely clean your Vitamix container, continue reading!

How To Clean A Vitamix Container Step-By-Step

With Vitamix blenders, you need to add warm water into the container, sufficient liquid soap into the container, and set the blender on. The Vitamix container will be clean in seconds.

However, this does not always work when you have tough stains from onions, turmeric, beetroot, or other mineral-rich food.

Read on to find out how you can quick-clean and deep clean your Vitamix container.

Quick-Cleaning Vitamix Container With The Auto-Clean Function

Add warm water halfway into the container plus a few drops of your mild dishwashing liquid.

Attach the lid onto the Vitamix container and secure it.

Turn on the “clean” function and wait for your blender to automatically switch off when it’s clean.

Safely remove the container from the powerbase.

Pour out the soapy water from the Vitamix container.

Use a soft sponge to clean the outside of the Vitamix container and the lid (separated into two parts) with warm soapy water.

Run clean water onto the container and lid to rinse off the soap and let it air dry.

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Deep Cleaning A Vitamix Container

There are plenty of reasons that would make cleaning your Vitamix container more challenging. You will therefore need to do more than the quick-cleaning procedure you are used to.

Here is a list of all the possible challenges I know of;

  • Beetroot/turmeric stains
  • Onion/garlic stench
  • Fogginess on the container walls
  • Clogged blades

Eliminating Onion/Garlic Stench

After preparing a vegetable smoothie, your Vitamix container may retain the pungent garlic or onion smell even after rinsing.

To remove the unpleasant odors, follow these steps;


  • White vinegar
  • Dish soap


Fill your Vitamix container halfway with warm water.

Fill the remaining half with white vinegar.

Leave the Vitamix container to soak for about an hour.

Pour out the content and use the quick cleaning procedure described in this article.

Removing Fogginess (Cloudy Vitamix Container)

Regular use of your Vitamix causes the buildup of mineral nutrients on the walls of your Vitamix container. You will notice a milky film on the container.


  • White vinegar
  • Dish soap


Add warm water into the Vitamix container halfway full.

Fill the other half with white vinegar.

Let it soak for 1-2 hours and pour out the content.

Using a soft brush, scrub the walls of the Vitamix container and any remaining residue.

Pour out the content and use the automated quick cleaning procedure.

Rinse with clean water and leave to air dry

Removing Beetroot/Turmeric Stains

When used in a smoothie, beetroot and turmeric leave stubborn stains behind their rich color on the walls of your Vitamix container.

Here is what you need to do;


  • Liquid bleach
  • Baking soda
  • Dish soap
  • Sunlight


cleaning cloudy vitamix containerFill your Vitamix container halfway with warm water.

Add 1 tablespoon of liquid bleach into the container.

Secure the lid onto the container and turn on the cleaning function until it shuts off.

Pour out the content and rinse with clean water.

If any stains are remaining, prepare a baking soda paste.

Pick up your soft brush. Using the paste, brush over the stains while pouring warm water over them.

Fill your Vitamix container halfway with warm soapy water and quick clean.

Pour out the content and rinse off with clean water.

Leave the clean Vitamix container to air dry on the dishrack.

Using Sunlight To Remove Tough Stains

UV rays from sunlight help to break down stubborn stains from beetroot/turmeric. After cleaning your Vitamix container, leave it under direct sunlight for a few hours.

You can then go back and give the Vitamix container another rinse and leave it to air dry.

Clogged Blades

Food may get stuck between the Vitamix blades. Regular cleaning may not be of much help, and you will have to remove the blade assembly.

This step is, however, not recommended but useful when food is stuck between the blades. Ensure your Vitamix is disconnected from the power source before proceeding.


Cover your hand with a thick piece of cloth while removing the retainer nut that holds the blade assembly and let the blade fall on the piece of cloth. Lift it out carefully.

Soak the blade assembly in warm soapy water for about 30 minutes.

Pick the blade assembly up with a thick piece of cloth.

Using a soft brush, remove all the remaining food residue that might be stuck between the blades.

Run clean water over the blade assembly to rinse it off and place it on a flat surface to air dry.

What’s The Importance Of Cleaning My Vitamix Container After Every Use?

Cleaning your Vitamix container, including wiping the powerbase, helps to lengthen the service life of your blender.

Regular cleaning helps prevent the buildup of residue onto the walls of the Vitamix container and between the blades. This could cause food poisoning due to the growth of microorganisms.

Can I Clean My Vitamix Container In A Dishwasher?

No, a dishwasher may damage the Vitamix container as well as the blades and the bearings. It only takes a few seconds to clean a Vitamix container with the quick-clean Vitamix function.

How To Clean A Vitamix Container – Final Thoughts

Always be careful when manually cleaning your Vitamix container to avoid damaging the container and possible injuries to yourself.

I have provided you with instances when your Vitamix container needs a deep clean and the best products to use.

Clean Vitamix containers provide durability, reliability, and quality performance. Get accustomed to cleaning your Vitamix container after every use.

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Jessica Mason

Jessica is a smoothie enthusiast who believes the best way to start the day is with a delicious smoothie. When she is not drinking a smoothie, you’ll find her coming up with new recipes and trying out the latest blenders. Jessica likes the outdoors and socializing with friends.