How to Clean Ninja Coffee Maker: Step-by-Step Guide for Fresh Coffee

This guide will show you a step-by-step process to effectively clean your Ninja Coffee Maker.

Remove the Brew Basket

remove the brew basket

Begin by powering off your Ninja Coffee Maker and unplugging it from the electrical outlet. Gently pull out the brew basket. Remove any used coffee grounds and dispose of them.

Rinse the brew basket thoroughly under warm running water. Pay special attention to the mesh to ensure no grounds are stuck, which can affect the flow of coffee and taste.

For a deeper clean, use a soft-bristled brush dipped in a mixture of water and mild dish soap to scrub the basket. Rinse well to remove any soap residue.

Allow the brew basket to air dry completely before reinserting it into the coffee maker. This step prevents mold and mildew buildup, ensuring you start each brew with a fresh, clean setup.

Clean the Frother Whisk and Carafe

First, detach the frother whisk from the machine. It usually snaps right off. Wash it with warm, soapy water, using a soft brush if necessary to remove any milk residue. Rinse thoroughly and allow it to air dry.

Next, tackle the carafe. Fill it with warm water and add a few drops of dish soap. Swirl the soapy water inside the carafe, then use a soft sponge or brush to scrub the interior surfaces gently. Pay extra attention to any stained spots. Rinse well with clean water, ensuring no soapy residue is left.

For an added sparkle, you can wipe the exterior of the carafe with a vinegar-dampened cloth. This not only removes fingerprints and smudges but also gives the glass a brilliant shine. Rinse the carafe one more time and leave it to dry upside down on a drying rack.

Clean the Water Reservoir

First, detach the water reservoir from your Ninja coffee maker. Most models make this step straightforward—just lift or slide off following the user manual’s guidance. Rinse the reservoir thoroughly under running water to remove any old water and residue. For a deeper clean, fill it with warm, soapy water and let it sit for a few minutes. Use a soft sponge or cloth to gently scrub the interior surfaces. Avoid harsh scrubbers or brushes that can scratch or damage the reservoir. Once done, rinse all the soap out with clean water.

Next, dry the reservoir with a clean, soft cloth or let it air dry before reinstalling. This step helps prevent water spots and ensures no moisture is left that could affect the flavor of your next brew. Regular cleaning prevents mineral build-up and maintains the machine’s efficient operation, ensuring the best coffee flavor in each cup.

Descaling With White Vinegar

Begin by mixing equal parts white vinegar and water to fill halfway through the Ninja Coffee Maker’s reservoir. This simple household vinegar is effective due to its mild acidity, which breaks down mineral deposits from water without harming the machine’s interior components.

Run a brew cycle with this solution. Ensure no coffee grounds or filters are in the basket to allow the vinegar solution to flow through the system, effectively loosening and removing scale buildup inside. Once the cycle completes, let the solution sit in the coffee maker for about 30 minutes. This extra time gives the vinegar a chance to work its magic on stubborn deposits.

After the waiting period, flush the system by running two or three cycles with clean water. This will rinse out any remaining vinegar taste and smell, leaving your coffee maker fresh and clean, ready for your next brew!

Starting the Clean Cycle

Once your Ninja coffee maker is ready for the clean cycle, fill the water reservoir to the maximum fill line with a fresh white vinegar and water solution. Press the “clean” button on your machine. This will light up to indicate the cleaning mode is active.

The cleaning cycle lasts approximately 60 minutes. During this time, the vinegar solution circulates throughout the machine, breaking down any mineral build-up or residue from previous brews.

Midway through the cycle, the process will pause for 30 minutes. This pause allows the vinegar to deeply penetrate and dissolve the grime. After the pause, the cycle will resume and finish the cleaning.

Once the cycle is complete, thoroughly rinse the system by running two full cycles with plain water to remove any vinegar taste or smell. This ensures your next cup of coffee is as fresh and clean as possible.

By regularly using the clean cycle, not only do you extend the life of your Ninja coffee maker, but you also maintain the best flavor for your coffee.