How To Clean Ninja Coffee Maker With Vinegar Step By Step!

How To Clean Ninja Coffee Maker With Vinegar Step By Step!

Learning how to clean Ninja coffee maker with vinegar will lead to a better quality of coffee and will help you to keep your coffee maker in perfect condition and may even help you to get a couple of extra years out of it.

Keep reading for the details on how to give your Ninja coffee maker a high-quality deep clean.

How To Clean Ninja Coffee Maker With Vinegar

Follow the step-by-step instructions to learn how to clean Ninja coffee maker with vinegar.

There is nothing difficult as it is straight forward and very easy. All you need is plenty of distilled white vinegar as it is clean, cheap and available in bulk size.

A quick word on the type of vinegar to use. You can use any type of vinegar, including:

  • Malt vinegar.
  • Balsamic vinegar.
  • Apple cider vinegar.
  • Wine Vinegar.

You can find many more different types of vinegar, but it is distilled white vinegar that is the preferred type by coffee lovers. It’s clear, which is important, it’s cheap, which is also very important and above all it is easily available.

Let’s get to cleaning your Ninja coffee maker with vinegar with some simple and easy step-by-step instructions.

How To Clean Ninja Coffee Maker With Vinegar
Cleaning Your Ninja Coffee Maker With Vinegar Is Easy

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Step 1: Prepare Your Machine For Cleaning

It doesn’t matter what type of machine you have, be it a 12 cup coffee maker, a Ninja coffee bar or from another brand, the technique and method is the same.

Remove your coffee grounds, filter and all removable parts. Give your coffee machine a good dusting down to remove all coffee grounds and traces of coffee grounds.

Give the exterior a good clean with a damp soapy sponge or cloth and wipe clean.

Step 2: Remove All Removable Parts

Remove your filter basket also known as the brew basket, water reservoir and any other removable part including your coffee pot.

You can clean all of these parts in your dishwasher.

As a note, your glass coffee carafe is dishwasher-safe while a thermal carafe is not dishwasher-safe at all.

If you can’t get your coffee carafe or your coffee filter brew basket clean using your dishwasher, don’t worry, I’ll talk about this in a moment.

Step 3: Clean Your Filter Basket

If you can’t clean your brew basket 100% clean, let it soak overnight in a solution of boiling water and white vinegar.

This will clear any coffee stains and loosen hardened coffee grime and coffee oils. It will also sanitize your brew basket.

Scrub it with a cleaning brush with soft bristles. You will still likely have some coffee grounds stuck in the tiny holes. Poke them clear with a very fine needle or pin.

Step 4: Clean Your Coffee Carafe And Get It Sparkling Like New!

Due to coffee stains and years of use, your glass carafe may have lost its shine, its sparkle.

By far the best way is to use bicarbonate of soda, baking soda and vinegar, but not together. Fill your carafe 3 to 4 cm deep with baking soda and add a small amount of water to make a paste.

Use your baking soda paste and scrub the interior and exterior of it and pay attention to the base as this often has baked on coffee stains and burnt coffee.

Leave your paste to sit overnight to work its magic. Then rinse the paste off with warm water.

Use pure undiluted distilled vinegar to get your carafe sparkling. Clean with a sponge soaked in vinegar and wipe the interior and exterior.

If your carafe is particularly dirty and lost its sparkle a long time ago, you may need to fill it with vinegar and let it soak overnight.

When it is ready and sparkling, rinse well with clean fresh water.

If you have a thermal carafe, simply clean the interior with a bicarbonate of soda paste and leave the paste overnight and rinse well. Clean the exterior with hot water and soap.

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Get Your Machine Sparkling Clean

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Step 5: Run A Full Descale Of Your Coffee Maker

A full descale of your coffee maker will get rid of any mineral build up and calcium build up as well as any gunk and build up of coffee and coffee oil.

Reassemble your coffee maker by putting all the removable parts back in their place and fill your water tank half full of distilled white vinegar and then full to the max fill line with fresh clean water.

With your coffee carafe in place to catch the water and vinegar solution run a complete brew cycle.

Discard the solution that comes out and repeat this step a second time.

Step 6: Flush Your Coffee Maker

Fill your water tank with fresh water and run a full brewing cycle to rinse your coffee machine of all traces of vinegar.

You will need to repeat this step 8-10 times.

Step 7: Brew A Test Cup Of Coffee

This test cup, brew it as you normally would, is to check how clean your machine is and to check for traces and tastes of vinegar in your coffee. If it has been properly flushed, there shouldn’t be any.

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Brew A Test Cup Of Coffee

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How To Clean Ninja Coffee Maker Water Reservoir

Cleaning the water reservoir or your Ninja coffee mater is easy. You have two main choices: to use your dishwasher or to hand wash it manually.

The most convenient way is to use your dishwasher.

However, if you don’t have a dishwasher or simply just want to clean it by hand, clean it internally and externally with warm soapy water and rinse well to ensure that you have no soapy tastes in your future coffee brewed.

How To Clean Ninja Coffee Maker Without Vinegar

If you don’t want to clean your Ninja coffee maker with vinegar for whatever reason, you can use bicarbonate of soda, which like vinegar is cheap, very effective and readily available.

Follow the instruction as described in this article and replace the 50% vinegar and 50% water solution with a solution of 25% baking soda and 75% water when you are running the full descale. Flush your machine when your descaling cycle has finished.

How Often To Clean Ninja Coffee Maker

In my experience, it is best that you clean your coffee machine at least every 15 days to keep it in tip-top condition for brewing the best possible coffee.

I consider keeping my coffee gear clean as an act of preventative maintenance and helping to make my machine last a little longer.

I never wait until the clean indicator illuminates.

Frequently Asked Questions About How To Clean Ninja Coffee Maker With Vinegar

Does Running Vinegar Through A Coffee Maker Clean It?

Yes, running vinegar through your coffee maker will clean it and clear it of mineral deposits, calcium deposits, coffee oil and mold and bacteria.

How Do You Decalcify A Coffee Maker With Vinegar?

Decalcifying your coffee maker with vinegar is easy.

Add a 50% distilled white vinegar and 50% water solution to your water reservoir. Run a cleaning cycle or a brewing cycle. Collect what comes out of your coffee spout in your carafe, discard. Rinse and repeat.

Rinse your machine well with an abundance of water; 5 to 7 or more rinsing cycles will be needed. Stop when the scent and all traces of vinegar have disappeared.

Do You Use White Vinegar Or Apple Cider Vinegar To Clean A Coffee Maker?

All types of vinegar can be used to clean a coffee maker. Your coffee machine doesn’t care if you are using apple cider vinegar, malt vinegar, balsamic vinegar or distilled white vinegar.

Distilled white vinegar is the preferred option due to cost and ease of availability.

How Many Times Should I Run Vinegar Through My Coffee Maker?

How many times you run vinegar through your coffee machine depends on how dirty it is to start with. If it is your first time cleaning it or the first time in 3 months, run at least two cycles using 50% white vinegar and 50% water.

What Is The Ratio Of Vinegar To Water To Clean A Coffee Maker?

The ideal ratio of vinegar to water for good quality deep clean is 1:1, that’s equal parts vinegar and water.

For a regular clean or light clean, a ratio of 1:3 is required.

Is White Vinegar Good For Descaling?

Yes, the acidic nature of distilled white vinegar makes it ideal for removing build up grime, dirt and mineral deposits, and cleaning the machine internally from mold, grime and coffee oil.

Can I Use Apple Cider Vinegar To Clean If I Don’t Have White Vinegar?

Yes, you can use your apple cider vinegar to clean your coffee machine if you don’t have any other type of vinegar, bicarbonate of soda, citric acid or other cleaning solution.

Can You Use Malt Vinegar To Clean Coffee Machine?

Yes, you can use malt vinegar to clean your coffee machine. Any type of vinegar is fine. White vinegar is preferred due to the cost and the fact that it is white in color.

Final Thoughts – How To Clean Ninja Coffee Maker With Vinegar

If you have read this far you have more than learned how to clean Ninja coffee maker with vinegar, you have learned how to clean it in the best possible way and remove all calcium deposits, mineral deposits and the gunk and dirt that you can’t see inside your machine.

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