how to clean a ninja coffee maker the right way

how to clean ninja coffee maker

Regularly cleaning your Ninja coffee machine is an easy task, and it will not only make your coffee taste better, but it will prolong the life of your machine. One important thing to note is that the only component of the Ninja coffee machine that is NOT dishwasher safe is the brew basket.

The filter, carafe, water reservoir, flip-top lid, and brew-through carafe lid can all be placed on the top rack of your dishwasher. So let’s get on with showing you how to clean a Ninja coffee machine!

As with other coffee machines, there are two different types of cleaning. One is daily maintenance, and the other is descaling.

For daily cleaning, simply remove all of the parts and wash them in the sink with warm water and dish soap. If your machine has a glass carafe, make sure that the carafe has cooled to room temperature before running it underwater. You can also place the components into the dishwasher.

I recommend this be done after every use, unless you are brewing more than one pot of coffee consecutively, in which case a quick rinse under running water is fine. Wipe down the exterior of the machine with a damp cloth.

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If your carafe has begun to stain, use some baking soda (link to baking soda on Amazon) and a bottle brush (link to bottle brush on Amazon) to scrub the stains away. Do not use any abrasive cleaners in the carafe, as they can scratch the glass which could turn into an explosion with very hot coffee…

Descaling is a maintenance operation that should be done every couple of months, more often if you have very hard water. If your model has a “clean” light, then it is time to descale when the indicator light is illuminated. It is a simple operation, but it takes a little bit of time – I always do this on a day off. It takes about 45 minutes, but most of that time is hands-off.

Fill the reservoir ⅓ full of white vinegar (link to white vinegar).

  • Top the vinegar off with water until the tank is full.
  • Run a regular brew cycle.
  • Toss the hot vinegar/water solution down the drain.
  • If your water is very hard, run another brew cycle with ⅓ vinegar and ⅔ water, and toss the solution once it has brewed.
  • Run 2 or 3 brew cycles with clean water. When you no longer smell vinegar in the reservoir, you’re done!

If hard water is a particular problem in your home, you may wish to use a commercial descaling solution specifically made for coffee machines. (Link to descaling solution on Amazon). Follow the directions on the bottle for the proportion of descaler to water.

When you use your Ninja coffee machine for the first time, you should clean it as well. I know, you have a new toy and can’t wait to use it, but trust me, your patience will be rewarded.

  • Remove the Ninja coffee machine from its packaging and remove all of the stickers.
  • Wash the water reservoir, carafe, brew-through lid, and brew-basket in warm soapy water.
  • Rinse well and dry all of the components.
  • Wipe the exterior of the machine with a damp cloth.
  • Run two to three brew cycles with clean water.
  • You’re ready to go!

Keeping your Ninja coffee bar machine clean not only guarantees a really good cup of hot coffee, but it is also healthier, as coffee machine water reservoirs are known to harbor lots of nasty bacteria, so cleaning your Ninja coffee machine regularly is a win-win!

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