Handheld mixers often cause an excessive amount of splashing, especially when you’re whipping cream or beating a thin, liquid batter. To keep the mess under control, take a piece of parchment (larger than the size of your mixing bowl) and make two holes, spaced as far apart as the beater openings on your mixer. Insert the beater stems through the holes and into the base. While you’re mixing, the parchment will cover the bowl, preventing the contents from splattering onto the counter or walls.
Dry ingredients can puff out in a cloud of fine particles when mixed, while wet ingredients, such as cream or liquid batters, can splatter. To keep your counter clean when using a standing mixer, drape a clean, very damp dish towel over the front of the mixer and the bowl. Draw the towel snug with one hand and then turn on the mixer. When done, simply wash the towel.
Avoid a messy cleanup by putting a plastic serving tray (like the kind found in cafeterias) under the mixer. Not only is it easier to slide the mixer on the countertop, but any mess can be easily cleaned up with a quick rinse of the tray.