Cleaning Ninja Coffee Maker With Vinegar And Get It Sparkling!

Cleaning Ninja Coffee Maker With Vinegar And Get It Sparkling!

Cleaning your coffee maker regularly and keeping is clean is essential to getting top quality coffee from it. This article is all about cleaning Ninja coffee maker with vinegar and without vinegar and keeping your machine free from calcium deposits and, more importantly, mold free!

Let’s get you cleaning your ninja coffee bar. the carafe and the water reservoir and keeping in sparkling condition!

Cleaning Ninja Coffee Maker With Vinegar

have you noticed the cleaning indicator on your Ninja coffee bar is lit up?


this is not only a sign it is time to give it a good proper clean, it’s a sign you have been making sub par coffee and let it get dirty! You should never do that. Coffee is a food product and you should treat it as such. You would never cook your dinner in a dirty pot so why brew your coffee with a dirty machine?

Mold can build up inside your coffee machine and I am pretty sure you know the consequences of that.

Cleaning your machine, and keeping it clean is very easy. All you need is white vinegar (or bicarbonate of soda) and water.

Let’s get started.

Cleaning Ninja Coffee Maker With Vinegar
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Read: How to reset Ninja Coffee Bar

 Step 1 Fill It Up!

Pour your descaling solution, white vinegar into the water reservoir. I like to run as high a concentration as possible, often 100% white vinegar. This is a must if you have not cleaned your coffee machine in a while. You should certainly not use any less than a 50% vinegar and 50% water solution.

The aim with this high concentration is to flush out and kill mold and old coffee that is stuck inside the machine. When you are keeping your machine well maintained you can simply fill to the 16 ounce (500 ml) line.

Step 2 Put Your Carafe In Its Place.

Place your clean and empty carafe below the coffee filter basket and select a full carafe size.

Step 3 Push The Clean Button.

The timer will start a count-down, and then it will start automatically. The descaling and cleaning cycle will begin and will take approximately an hour.

When it is ready, the cleaning light will switch off.

Step 4 Empty And Rise.

Remove your carafe, water reservoir and clean them out with an abundance of fresh water. Rise the filter and carafe also.

Step 5 Rise Cycle Time.

Fill your water reservoir with fresh water and put your carafe in place and select the classic brew option and be ready for it to brew a full carafe.


That is all there is to it. Your once dirty Ninja coffee bar is descaled, demolded and clean. You can now brew a pot of coffee and expect it to taste as perfect as it should be.

Cleaning Your Ninja Coffee Bar Regularly

Keep your Ninja Coffee Bar clean by running rinse cycle of hot water at least once a week and a full proper descale with a cleaning solution every month, or better still, every other week.

Rinse out the coffee filter, and the carafe after every use. Keep on top of the scale by using preventative techniques by using filtered or bottled water. The better the quality of water, the better your coffee will be.

Milk Frother

This goes without saying, you absolutely must keep your milk frother clean. Daily cleaning and wipe down after every use is essential. The quickest and best way of keeping your milk frother clean is by filling a cup with warm water and holding the wand below the surface and switch it on for 30 to 40 seconds.

You can unlock it and detach it from your machine for a full, proper clean.

Cleaning A Ninja Coffee Machine
Cleaning with white vinegar is best.

How To Clean Ninja Coffee Maker Without Vinegar

Cleaning your Ninja coffee maker without vinegar is very easy. Follow the steps above replacing your white vinegar with baking soda. Use plenty of the bicarbonate of soda and mix well in warm water and stir it well before you start.

Both white vinegar and bicarbonate of soda will get the job done equally well.

Why Does My Ninja Coffee Maker Keep Saying It Needs To Be Cleaned?

When the clean light remains on it is likely to be an indication that you have a lot of deep grime built up inside the machine that you can’t see.

Run a second and third cleaning cycles with a stronger concentration of cleaning solution each time. Usually, the problem is chalky calcium deposits.

How Do You Flush Out Your Ninja Coffee Bar After Cleaning It?

After you have given your coffee machine a real good deep clean and ensured that the brew basket is properly clean fill it with fresh, clean water and run a flush cycle. You will see a flashing “Flush” sign on the clock LCD.

Select the classic brew option and the flush cycle will start.

Final Thoughts, Frappé-Ing It All Up Cleaning Ninja Coffee Maker

Cleaning a Ninja coffee maker is easy and almost effortless. Make sure you do a deep clean on a bi-weekly or at very least, a monthly basis and use bottled or filtered water to keep your machine free from lime scale and mineral deposits from building up.

This, using filtered water or bottled water will improve the quality of your coffee and is a preventative maintenance step for your machine.

Coffee is love, it's more than love — it's a passion of mine. I've had the luck to have travelled and enjoyed the most exotic of coffee's and unique flavors, brewing methods and techniques of making the perfect coffee from Thai hill tribe coffee to Indonesian volcanic coffee, Malaysian coffee that comes in a tea bag and the array of flavors in Vietnam, from Vanilla to Orange to Coconut to Avocado to even salt coffee and the famous egg coffee. The best part of my coffee adventures is getting to mix with the locals over a nice brew and learning how they make it! I'm cited and referenced on Google Scholar for the topic of coffee.

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