Have you ever tried to make a smoothie, but while you were blending you concoction a gooey mess started leaking out of the base of the blender? This has happened to many people, so here is a quick guide to troubleshooting the leaky blender problem. The situation has become worse due to the influx of cheap blenders from Asia in recent years. How much quality can go into a blender with a retail price of just $20? Not much.
The first thing you need to do is find out why the blender is leaking. To do this, first, pour out whatever is in there so you can test it out with water (since it won’t make such a mess). Next, make sure the base is screwed on tightly. Sometimes the vibrating of the blender itself is enough to unscrew it enough to make it leak. Other times, placing the jar into the base and locking it in place actually unscrews it. If this doesn’t solve the problem, move on to step two.
The next thing you should look for is the gasket. This little piece of rubber can cause lots of leaky problems when it is broken or placed in the wrong location. If you can’t find it, chances are it was removed during cleaning and not put back during reassembly, or, if you have a mini hand blender, it may not have one. Try looking around the sink for it, since it is usually too big to get washed down the drain. If you have it, make sure it is in the right place, which is directly between the metal rotor blade and the jug.
If you either can’t find the gasket or it is damaged, congratulations, you have found your problem. What you need to do is get another one of these little rubber guys. They are tough to find at stores, but you can find one online easily by doing a search like “Kitchenaid blender replacement parts” or something similar (depending on the brand of your blender.) They only cost around a dollar, which is much cheaper than getting a whole new blender!