Descaling Ninja Coffee Bar With Vinegar - Descaling Ninja Coffee Maker

Descaling Ninja Coffee Bar With Vinegar – Descaling Ninja Coffee Maker

Last updated on January 22nd, 2024 at 13:22

Descaling Ninja coffee bar with vinegar is good for a number of reasons, firstly, it’s readily available everywhere, it’s lighter on your pocket and helps you to get better quality cups of coffee in the morning.


..and it keeps your machine clean, free from limescale, mineral deposits, molds and bacterias.

Keep reading for a great step-by-step tutorial on descaling a ninja coffee maker.

Descaling Ninja Coffee Bar With Vinegar – Descaling Ninja Coffee Maker For Great Coffee!

It is not at all difficult to clean and descale your Ninja coffee bar, or any coffee maker for that matter. Get into the habit of cleaning them every other week to ensure that you are always getting fresh, clean coffee.

Regular cleaning will keep your gear in great condition and help it to last a little longer. It’s worth mentioning that a little preventative maintenance of using filtered water or mineral water will go a long way to ensuring your coffee bar stays in tip-top condition.

Let’s get talking about the descaling process!

Descaling Ninja Coffee Bar With Vinegar
A Ninja Coffee Bar Is Easy To Descale With Vinegar

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How To Descale Your Ninja Coffee Bar With Vinegar

Before we get down to the details, let’s talk about the supplies that you’ll need for a good overall clean.

Cleaning Supplies Needed

  • Soapy water.
  • Clean hot water.
  • Soft sponge.
  • Drying cloths.
  • White vinegar or Ninja Coffee Bar brewer descaling solution.

The process for descaling and cleaning Ninja coffee brewers don’t vary from machine to machine; the process is the same despite the slightly different looks and buttons.

Start by giving the exterior of your machine a wipe with damp soft sponge and hot water, hot soapy water. Give the sponge a squeeze to ensure it’s not too wet and ends up damaging your coffee machine.

Give your coffee maker a good once over and clean the exterior surfaces and dry immediately with a cloth.

Descaling Your Ninja Bar Step By Step

When you see the clean light illuminating, take it as a sign that your Ninja coffee bar is telling that it’s dirty and needs a good clean!

As I like to emphasize, don’t wait so long that your Ninja coffee machine has to tell you that it needs a clean – do it anyway.

Fill your water reservoir half full with white vinegar and top up to the max fill line with fresh water. Now put your glass carafe below the brew basket to catch the dirty cleaning solution when you start cleaning.

From the options available, select the full carafe size and press the clean button. This will begin the cleaning cycle.

The cleaning cycle and the descaling cycle should take about 10 minutes. Simply wait and let it do the job. Don’t play around with your machine or mess about with it, pressing buttons won’t help you and may end up stopping the cleaning function.

When the cleaning cycle is finished, the clean light will turn off automatically.

Now empty your carafe, which should be full of dirty cleaning solution, and wash your carafe and reservoir with hot soapy water.

Using a soft sponge and scrub brush, and clean the corners and creases of your carafe and water reservoir (if it is a removable part of your coffee maker).

Dry your carafe with a dry cloth.

Repeat this process with all your coffee maker removable parts including the permanent filter, trays, brew basket etc.

Rinse them with fresh water.

Descaling Ninja Coffee Maker
Descaling Ninja Coffee Maker With Any Brand Of Vinegar

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Flushing Your Coffee Maker

Some think this step is not required, but I absolutely insist that you flush your ninja coffee bar at least two or three times with fresh clean water to remove any traces of white vinegar and preventing your coffee from having any taste of vinegar getting into your cup of coffee.

The Benefits Of Descaling Your Ninja Coffee Bar

There are a few notable plus points to descaling your Ninja coffee maker regularly; here are just a few of them:

  • You will keep your machine serving your top quality coffee.
  • You machine will maintain its efficiency and performance.
  • You will help to prolong the life of your coffee machine.

Can I Descale My Ninja Coffee Bar With Baking Soda?


using baking soda, is a good alkaline solution that you can use for descaling any coffee machine. Simply add 1 cup of bicarbonate of soda into your reservoir and fill with water and run a cleaning cycle. Run the same 2 to 3 rinse cycles to remove all traces of the baking soda.

Frequently Asked Questions About Descaling Ninja Coffee Bar With Vinegar

Yes, it is perfectly OK to descale your coffee machine with vinegar. If you have no descaling solution left it is better that you use distilled white vinegar to remove the mineral deposits and keep the germs and mold away.

I suggest using it at least every other week, once every 15 days.

How much white vinegar that you use to descale your ninja coffee bar will depend on the size of the water reservoir.

Rather than give you an amount as a volume. A ratio is more important. Use a 1:1 ratio of white vinegar to clean water mix. To say 50% distilled white vinegar and 50% clean water when you are running a cleaning cycle or descaling cycle.

Read: How to clean ninja coffee maker


apple cider vinegar will work fine to clean your ninja coffee bar and is a popular cleaning solution for coffee makers and will do the job just as good as distilled vinegar.

No, the proper descaling solution is specially formulated for the purpose of descaling your coffee machine.

In my own vast experience of cleaning various coffee machines white vinegar gets the job done just as well, but you need to ensure that it is flushed out perfectly well to ensure that you don’t leave a taste of the vinegar in your coffee.

This is something you should do anyway; a real good rinsing and flushing cycle is good for your machine after a cleaning cycle.

While some coffee lovers suggest that you clean your coffee maker every three to six months, this is far too long!

Think of that mold and dirty old coffee stuck in the internal pipes! I recommend that you clean your ninja coffee bar or at least every other week, once every 15 days for the purpose of good hygiene and keeping you with top quality cups of coffee every morning.

Final Thoughts – Descaling Ninja Coffee Bar With Vinegar

Descaling Ninja coffee bar with vinegar is something that I encourage you to do habitually every 15 days as a matter of good practice for good coffee. 

While other sites may recommend every 3 to 6 months, I know as a matter of fact that every coffee shop cleans their machines every day, some, multiple times every day and descale at least once every couple of days. 

While you may not be making the same volume of coffee as they do, you should, as a matter of good maintenance, clean and descale your machine every other week as old coffee that gets stuck in the machine causes bacteria to build up and cause you to get sick. 

Do you have any of your own cleaning tips, tricks and techniques? 

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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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