How To Clean Ninja Coffee Maker Filter And Get It Shining Like New!

How To Clean Ninja Coffee Maker Filter And Get It Shining Like New!

Last updated on April 7th, 2024 at 06:05

Learn how to clean Ninja coffee maker filter and get it looking like it is brand new by following the step-by-step process laid out below.

Expect this process to take at least one night as you need to let your coffee filter steep in hot water. Prepare your morning coffee in advance and simply heat it up later, it’s not perfect, but you will appreciate the difference and improvement in the quality of your coffee when you have fully and properly cleaned your coffee filter.

Keep reading for details.

How To Clean Ninja Coffee Maker Filter

Cleaning a Ninja coffee maker filter can be awkward due to coffee stains, oil and coffee grounds getting stuck in the mesh filter.

This permanent mesh coffee filter is also known as the brew basket or filter basket. If you have a coffee stain or two, they can be difficult to remove.

While it can be awkward and time-consuming to get it perfectly clean it not difficult.

How To Clean Ninja Coffee Maker Filter
Ninja Coffee Maker Filter

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Step 1: Let It Soak

While some coffee lovers and enthusiasts like to let their brew basket soak in warm soapy water I prefer to use boiling water and a mild detergent.

Fill a large mug or container that is large enough to completely hold the brew basket coffee filter, with boiling water and the mild detergent.

Cover the top with foil to help keep the water hot for a little longer and simply leave it overnight to steep.

This steeping will help to lift the stains on your coffee filter and some coffee grounds that are stuck.

Step 2: Scrub Your Coffee Filter

Using a soft bristled brush scrub your coffee filter to remove some the grime and dirt.

Step 3: Poke Free Stuck Coffee Grounds

Use a pin or a very fine needle to remove any coffee grounds that are still stuck. It is annoying and tedious process, but you need to remove these stuck coffee grounds as they will continue to extract and spoil your cup of coffee.

Step 4: Clean With Vinegar

This is an extra step that I like to take to ensure that all bacteria has been removed and killed!

Simply using a damp sponge soaked in distilled white vinegar clean and wipe your filter.

How To Clean Ninja Coffee Maker Water Reservoir
Vinegar Kills Bacteria

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Step 5: Rinse Well

Flush your filter well with and abundance of water to remove the traces and scent of the vinegar.

Can You Wash Ninja Coffee Filter?

Yes you can wash Ninja coffee filter in your dishwasher as it is dishwasher safe.


simply whacking your coffee filter in your dishwasher machine is usually not enough to get it clean, especially if you have not washed in it a while.

As a note your glass carafe, frothing whisk, water tank, and all other removable parts can also be cleaned using your dishwasher.

The only part that is not dishwasher safe is your thermal carafe, if you have one.

How To Clean Ninja Coffee Maker Water Reservoir

Getting a sparkling clean Ninja coffee maker water reservoir is easy.

You have two choices, two main techniques.

The first method is to use your dishwasher. Simply remove and detach the water reservoir from your Ninja coffee bar, put it in your dishwasher and clean it.

I like to take a second step, which is in its own right a method of cleaning your water reservoir. Fill it about 20% full of white vinegar and clean the inside and outside with a sponge soaked in vinegar. Wipe well. Then rinse with an abundance of water.

After this step you can put it in your dishwasher to clean and ensure that it is clean of all traces of vinegar.

How To Clean Ninja Coffee Maker Without Vinegar

To get a clean Ninja coffee bar and properly clean it is not absolutely essential that you use vinegar. There are other options

There are other products that you can use to get your coffee maker clean and clear of mineral build up, calcium build up and limescale.

Here is a list of the best cleaning products you can use if you have run out of vinegar:

  • Lemon Juice.
  • Citric Acid.
  • Bicarbonate Soda.
  • Hydrogen Peroxide.

Let’s talk about how to use these produce to descale your coffee machine.

How To Clean Ninja Coffee Maker Without Vinegar
Baking Soda Is Great For Cleaning

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How To Clean Coffee Maker With Hydrogen Peroxide

Cleaning with hydrogen peroxide is very easy, just as easy as using white vinegar.

Simply add 33% hydrogen peroxide and water solution to your water reservoir. To do this fill your water reservoir 1/3rd full of hydrogen peroxide and fill to max fill line with clean water.

Run a full brew cycle, and repeat to get it absolutely clean.

Fill your water reservoir with fresh water and run two or three flushing cycles by pressing the brew button.

How To Clean Coffee Maker With Lemon Juice

Cleaning your coffee maker with lemon juice is just as easy as using hydrogen peroxide and vinegar.

All you need to do is run a complete brew cycle or two with a 50% lemon juice and 50% water to your water reservoir. You can use freshly squeezed lemons to make your lemon juice or use 100% lemon juice concentrate.

The acidic nature of lemon juice will help to rid your coffee maker of mold and mineral deposits.

How To Clean Coffee Maker With Dish Soap

Dish soap is not the ideal solution for cleaning your coffee maker as the soapy bubbles can be difficult to remove and require too many rinsing cycles.

Also dish soap is not acidic and will not break down mineral deposits. Dish soap and warm water is good for cleaning the exterior surfaces. Simply us a damp cloth that has been dipped in warm soapy water and wipe them clean.

Can You Run Dish Soap Through A Coffee Maker?

No, even a drop of dish soap will cause you to have difficulties in cleaning your machine internally of the soapy bubbles produced.

While antibacterial dish soap will help to clean your machine of bacteria built up and clear any coffee oils, but the build up of minerals will not be removed due to a lack of acidity.

How To Clean Coffee Maker With Baking Soda

Baking soda is the second most popular cleaning agent used and while it is not acidic, it is the opposite, alkaline and does help to break down the build up of calcium and mineral deposits.

Premix a solution of 25% baking soda and 75% fresh water, mix well until all your baking soda has dissolved and add it to your water reservoir.

With full water reservoir run a brew cycle or two to get all the internal parts of your coffee maker clean and clear of mineral deposits.

The reason I prefer vinegar to baking soda is due to a higher level of sanitization and killing more bacteria. Something that baking soda doesn’t do so well.

How To Clean Coffee Maker With Citric Acid

Cleaning your coffee maker with citric acid is the same as using lemon juice, essentially as this is what gives lemon its cleaning power.

Add citric acid to your water reservoir using an equal amount of water. Run one or two brew cycles with a full water tank of citric acid and water solution.

Rune tow to 3 rinsing cycles with fresh clean water in your water tank.

Ninja Coffee Maker Clean Button

You’ll find on your Ninja coffee maker a clean button which is there to help you clean your coffee maker simply by pressing this button.

It is effectively speaking the descale button as this is what it does, it helps you to descale your coffee maker.

Keeping your coffee brewing equipment and machines clean is essential as the build up of coffee oil, minerals, calcium and limescale is detrimental to the quality of the coffee brewed.

If you are going to spend your hard-earned money on premium quality coffee and single origin coffee you don’t want anything to spoil the perfect flavor of great coffee.

You have multiple way of descaling your coffee machine based on which cleaning product you wish to use be it the proper descaling solution that the manufacturer of your coffee machine recommends or something else like vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, citric acid, lemon juice or bicarbonate of soda.

Once you have finished your cleaning you must flush with an abundance of water.

Frequently Asked Questions About How To Clean Ninja Coffee Maker Filter

How Do You Clean A Coffee Maker Filter?

Cleaning the filter of your coffee maker is easy. Simply run your filter basket under hot water and then soak it in hot water and vinegar, using equal amounts of both solutions.

Leave the filter basket there for 10 minutes for the dirt to absorb the water and loosen. Then rub it with a dishwashing brush with soft bristles.

Perform the same action with your water filter to clean it. If both your water filter and coffee filter basket are too dirty, they can be easily replaced.

Can I Use My Ninja Coffee Maker Without A Filter?

Your ninja coffee maker is fully equipped with a permanent filter, and thus it is not absolutely essential that you use a paper filter.

How Do You Clean The Parts Of A Ninja Coffee Maker?

The removable parts of your ninja coffee maker are easy to clean. Simply remove them and clean by hand with warm water and a mild detergent. Check with your owners manual to find out if the removable parts are dishwasher-friendly. If they are, use your dishwasher.

What Does It Mean To Flush Ninja Coffee Maker?

The flush message from your ninja coffee bar is a signal that it is time for you to flush your coffee bar. This message will only appear after you have commenced a clean cycle but may appear if your machine is particularly dirty and has not been cleaned in a long time.

Can You Wash And Reuse A Coffee Filter?

It depends on what type of coffee filter and the filter material. You can most certainly reuse a paper filter at least 5 times or more. I certainly would not wash a paper coffee filter.

Coffee filters made of cotton or metal absolutely can be washed and reused. A cotton cloth filter can be reused 90 to 120 times. A metal filter can be used an infinite number of times.

What Happens If You Don’t Change Water Filter In Coffee Machine?

Failing to change the water filter in your coffee maker will result in the water heating element and other parts of your coffee to develop a build up of calcium and other minerals.

As a matter of good practice and habit I prefilter the water that I put into the water reservoir by using a water filter jug. This results in the double filtering of your water and helps your water filter last a little longer.

Why Does My Ninja Coffee Maker Keep Stopping?

If your ninja coffee maker is constantly shutting off, the most probable cause is due to your coffee maker needing to be cleaned.

Give your coffee machine a good deep clean. Perhaps you will need to run a second or third cycle.

Is Tap Water Better Than Filtered Water For Coffee?

By far filtered water is better than tap water is better for making coffee. Better than filtered water is bottled water.

Coffee is 98% water. The better the quality of your water, the better your coffee will be.

Final Thoughts – How To Clean Ninja Coffee Maker Filter

If you have read this far you know exactly how to clean Ninja coffee maker filter and get it perfectly clean. If your coffee filter is just too dirty, too old and too worn it is a part that can easily be bought online and replaced with a new one.

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