Cleaning Ninja Coffee Maker With Vinegar And Get It Sparkling!

Cleaning Ninja Coffee Maker With Vinegar And Get It Sparkling!

Last updated on May 22nd, 2024 at 14:14

Cleaning your coffee maker regularly and keeping it 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 and 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, de-molded 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 a 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 switching 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 to replace 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.

Frequently Asked Questions About Cleaning Ninja Coffee Maker

Why Won t My Ninja Coffee Bar Run The Clean Cycle?

If your Ninja coffee bar is not running a complete cleaning cycle, it may be that you need a stronger descaling cycle with a greater concentration of descaling solution or distilled white vinegar. With distilled white vinegar, do not use a concentration greater than 50% water and 50% distilled white vinegar.

Add to your water reservoir hot water almost boiling and start a new cleaning cycle.

Can I Run Vinegar Through My Ninja?

Yes, distilled white vinegar is a great option for cleaning your Ninja coffee machine. Instead of descaling solution, fill your water tank to no more than half full and then fill with water to the max fill line with water and start a cleaning cycle.

How Much Vinegar Do You Put In A Ninja Coffee Maker?

Under normal circumstances, a relatively clean coffee maker, add one mug of distilled white vinegar. If it is dirty or has not been cleaned for a while, use a 50% vinegar and 50% water solution.

How Long Do You Leave Vinegar In A Coffee Maker To Clean It?

Do not leave vinegar or vinegar and water solution in your coffee maker when you are cleaning it. The solution is to flow through all the inner tubes and pipes in order to clean them well.

Will My Coffee Taste Like Vinegar After Cleaning?

When you run vinegar through your machine, you must run several reservoirs full of clean cold water to flush away all traces of vinegar.

Vingar is my preferred method as it flushes the machine free of all bacteria that may be inside the machine.

How Do I Clean My Ninja Coffee Maker Without Vinegar?

If you don’t want to use distilled white vinegar, baking soda is a great, cheap cleaning agent that you can use.

Simply use a 25% baking soda and fresh water solution and fill your reservoir. Make sure all the baking soda is dissolved and run a cleaning cycle. Once finished, run several flushing cycles with fresh water.

Why Wont My Clean Light Go Off After Cleaning My Ninja Coffee Bar?

If the clean light remains on after cleaning your Ninja coffee bar, it is highly likely that your machine needs a second or third clean due to being very dirty. Check the carafe, brew basket and water reservoir as well as the water filter (if your machine has one).

Clean all removable parts well. It is probable that there is a large build up of minerals and one cleaning cycle was not enough.

What Is The Green Stuff In The Bottom Of My Ninja Coffee Maker?

 The green stuff at the bottom of your Ninja coffee maker may be algae. This is why you need to clean your machine at least once every other week with a light descaling cycle and a deep clean every other month at least.

Consider cleaning and descaling cycles as preventative maintenance.

Frappé-Ing It All Up – Cleaning Ninja Coffee Maker

Cleaning 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.

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Derek Marshall, a certified barista by the Specialty Coffee Association possesses over two decades of experience in specialty coffee shops. He holds professional certifications for coffee brewing and barista skills. Derek is also an author with authoritative books covering various coffee topics including specialty coffee, sustainability and coffee, coffee brewing, coffee recipes, coffee cocktails and books focusing on Brazilian coffee, Vietnamese coffee, Indonesian coffee and Malaysian coffee. As a barista for over two decades, Derek Marshall has worked in specialty coffee shops across the United Kingdom, Spain, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Vietnam. His expertise extends to the distinct coffee cultures, specialty beverages, and brewing techniques of each nation. Functioning as a coffee consultant, Derek charges US$50 per hour. To learn more about Derek Marshall and Latte Love Brew, visit his About Me Page. For coffee inquiries, contact him at +34-639-410-375 or, mentioning your name and location

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