Like all coffee machines, the Ninja Coffee Bar needs regular cleaning and descaling to work well. When the cleaning indicator comes on, you may wonder what the fastest, easiest way to clean your brewer is. The good news? With the push of a button, it cleans itself!
Keep reading for our complete guide to cleaning your Ninja Coffee Bar, from the water reservoir to the carafe.
To keep your Coffee Bar looking good and producing delicious cups of coffee, you’ll want to rinse it regularly. Rinse the carafe, permanent filter, and filter holder every time you use them. No one likes spending their time scrubbing, so make it easier on yourself by not letting brewed coffee sit in the carafe for too long. If you spill on the heating pad, wait until it cools down and then wipe it clean.
If you see any coffee buildup inside your carafe, wash it thoroughly with soap and water. To avoid scratching your glass carafe, you’ll probably want to use a soft bottle brush or sponge. Ninja sells one, or you can find some great options on Amazon. You can also put the carafe on the top rack of your dishwasher.
You may also want to wipe down the outside of your machine. Use a damp paper towel or cloth to wipe off dust and stains. Be careful with the warming plate, which is a more delicate piece of the machine.
Your milk frothing wand, in particular, needs regular cleaning. To quickly rinse your frother after you use it, fill a cup halfway with warm water. Hold the frother below the surface and turn it on for 20 to 30 seconds.
For a deeper clean, unlock the whisk and slide it off. In the sink, you can wash it with soap and water. You can also put it on your dishwasher’s top rack, along with the brew-through lid and water reservoir.
Has your cleaning indicator turned on? It’s time for a deep clean! To get started, you’ll need your Ninja Coffee Bar, a descaling solution or white vinegar, and water.
1. Add cleaning solution or vinegar.
Pour descaling solution into the empty water reservoir. Dilute it with water, according to the instructions on your descaling bottle.
If you’re using vinegar, fill to the 16-ounce Travel Mug line. Then add water until you reach the Max Fill line.
2. Ready the carafe.
Put the empty, clean carafe under the filter basket. Select the Full Carafe brewing size.
The clock will count down, and then the machine will automatically start its cleaning and descaling cycle. This takes about 60 minutes. Don’t unplug or turn off the machine while the cycle is running. Once your machine has finished cleaning, the clean light should turn off.
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4. Empty and rinse the carafe, water reservoir, and filter.
Remove the water reservoir and wash it out thoroughly with fresh water. Rinse the carafe and filter to get rid of the cleaning solution.
5. Rebrew with water.
Fill the water reservoir with water and replace the carafe. Select the Full Carafe Classic Brew option and let your Coffee Bar brew as normal.
That’s it! Your Ninja Coffee Bar is now clean, descaled, and ready to brew a fresh pot of coffee.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Ninja Coffee Bar dishwasher-safe?
Though not all of the Ninja Coffee Bar is dishwasher-safe, many components are! You can safely wash the glass carafe, frothing whisk, brew-through lid, water reservoir, and coffee scoop on the top rack of your dishwasher.
What does descaling do?
The water you brew coffee with may contain minerals like calcium and magnesium. Over time, these minerals can coat the inside of your Coffee Bar, clogging up the tubes and filters. Descaling removes the buildup, cleans the inner parts of your coffee maker, and ensures that it can keep brewing smoothly.
How does this work? Vinegar and the descaling solutions you can find for sale dissolve the minerals left by your water. To do this, they charge the mineral particles, attracting them to water particles and making them easy to rinse off.
Where can you buy cleaning solutions?
You can buy Ninja’s descaling solution on their website. Amazon also offers many brands of competitively-priced descaling solutions, like the De’Longhi EcoDecalk Descaler and the Essential Values Universal Descaling Solution.
You may also be able to find descaling solutions at grocery or kitchen supply stores.
Can you make cleaning solutions at home?
Yes! If you’d rather not buy a specific cleaning solution, you can substitute white vinegar. For the Ninja Coffee Bar, pour white vinegar into the water reservoir up to the Travel Mug line, which is 16 ounces. Then fill it to the max line with water.
How often should you descale your Ninja Coffee Bar?
Ninja recommends doing a deep clean every time your clean light comes on.
Where can you find Ninja’s cleaning instructions?
If you misplaced the instructions that came with your Ninja Coffee Bar, you can find them here.
By Kate MacDonnell
Table of Contents
- Regular Cleaning
- Deep Cleaning
- Frequently Asked Questions