If you are a coffee lover, you understand the importance of waking to a tasty coffee. The smell itself can revitalize you to prepare to conquer the obstacles of the day entirely.
Having a coffee machine readily available at home makes brewing coffee on the go easy. But just like any other small appliance, the device will require regular cleaning.
Can a Ninja coffee pot go in the dishwasher?
The short answer is no! There are some simple reasons why you should not put your Ninja coffee pot in the dishwasher. The first reason is that putting your Ninja coffee pot into the dishwasher can cause damage to part of it or all of it.
Dishwashers use high-temperature water and high-pressure water to clean dishes, pots, and pans. This can cause damage to the Ninja coffee pot if it is not made out of the right material.
Another reason you should not put your Ninja coffee pot in the dishwasher is that, over time, this will damage the way your Ninja coffee pot works for you as it will decrease its performance by being in a dishwasher.
The third reason you should not put your Ninja coffee pot in the dishwasher is that it can cause rust to form and build up in your Ninja coffee pot, decreasing its performance.
After using your Ninja coffee pot, make sure you clean it out with water and wipe it down with a dry towel. Let it air dry before you put it away.
You can wash your pot using ice. How? If you put ice in a hot coffee pot, the glass will shatter.
Swirl the contents of the coffee pot for about 2 minutes using a back-and-forth motion instead of stirring. This process is ideal because you will not have to deal with the aftertaste of washing with soap.
Leave the mixture in your coffee pot through the night and thoroughly rinse the pot the following day. This way, you will enjoy a tasty cup of coffee without an aftertaste.
If you prefer to clean using soap, then start by adding small amounts of dishwater detergents to the glass pot. Fill the pot with boiling water and let the mixture sit for the night.
Use a sponge or scrub to remove all the leftover stains the following day and rinse the carafe thoroughly when you finish with the cleaning.
Although not all Ninja Coffee maker pot components are dishwasher safe, many of the parts are. You can effectively dish-wash the frothing whisk, glass carafe, water reservoir, coffee scoop, and brew lid.
The cleaning process is straightforward:
- Remove the leftover coffee grounds and coffee from the filter basket and glass carafe.
- Dismantle all removable parts to clean them manually or use a dishwasher. When using the dishwasher, you will put the water reservoir, permanent filter, the glass carafe, and the lid on the top rack of your dishwasher. Do not wash the brew basket and the thermal carafe in the dishwasher.
- Complete the process by cleaning the unit with a damp rag. Fix it back up and fill your reservoir with clean water.
It’s wise to rinse the coffee bar with each time of use. It will keep it looking good for a long time.
You do not want a situation where you’ve left the carafe, filter holder, and permanent filter looking stained. In other words, you will have to spend a small amount of time cleaning and scrubbing.
Don’t let the brewed coffee stay long in the glass carafe. Wipe any spillage on the heating pad immediately.
However, despite your best efforts, sometimes, the inevitable happens—you need to scrub off the stains from the pot physically. Here is how you can go about it:
- Milk Frother
A foul smell and mold will start to emanate from the milk frother if you don’t clean properly. After use, ensure you rinse the frother by filling it with a ½ cup of warm water. Hold the milk frother under the surface, and then turn it on for several seconds.
If you want to wash it thoroughly, unlock the whisk and soak it in the sink with mild detergent and water or put it in the top-rack of the dishwasher.
- The Brew-through Lid
Cleaning the coffee lid is relatively straightforward. Use soap and water to wash it in the sink. You can also put it on the top rack of a dishwashing machine. The two processes will effectively clean the brew lid.
Thorough cleaning will require descaling. The machine will let you know when it’s time to descale. It usually turns the “Clean” button light on. Different Ninja coffee machines have other descaling methods. So, be on the lookout.
It is advisable to go through the user manual and see how best to clean your coffee maker and carry out the descaling process. This will help you know what will be effective for the type of Ninja machine you have. Generally, the process will entail the following:
- First, pour the right detergent solution and mixtures into the machine. There are various solutions, such as a mixture of lemon juice and water, plain baking soda and water, and borax and hydrogen peroxide. But a mix of vinegar and water in a ratio of 1:1 is highly recommended.
- Place the mixture into the reservoir and return it to its initial position. There is no point in placing the filter as you are not making coffee right now. Then turn on the coffee maker.
- Allow the machine to brew completely. The process will allow the detergent solution to make its way into the machine, cleaning its insides. Let it stay still in the pot for some minutes before removing it, as this ensures all residues are broken down.
- Pour out the mixture solution.
- Fill the reservoir with water. Place it in its initial position and run the machine. The process should be done at least two times to ensure vinegar is wholly removed from the device.
Once done, the Ninja coffee pot is ready to brew you quality coffee. This approach has proven to be effective when it comes to removing calcium buildup and oil.
The button light on the coffee maker machine can sometimes fail to work after a year or so. Therefore, it is essential to schedule regular cleanup to ensure you have an oil and mineral-free machine. You have to know a few signs that indicate you need a descaling cleaning method. Here are some of them:
- When you notice that your regular coffee tastes odd
- When the machine is taking longer to brew coffee
- When the machine makes strange noises and does not brew
- When it becomes loud
- When it is spewing coffee all over the place
What are the Benefits of Cleaning the Coffee Pot?
There are lots of benefits you get to enjoy when you properly clean your machine. A clean machine is vital for overall hygiene and presentation, especially if you are a barista. A dirty coffee machine will not portray a positive impact on the business.
Most broken coffee machines are due to a lack of proper cleaning. Consistent cleaning and maintenance will therefore decrease reactive wear-outs. This, in turn, reduces unnecessary costs of repair.
As mentioned earlier, the taste of your coffee highly depends on the machine’s cleanness. Despite this being a fact that has been ignored by many, it is very accurate. Diffuses from a dirty device will always affect the flavor of your coffee. This can make the coffee have a metallic or bitter taste.
One aspect of regular cleaning is that it improves the lifespan of the machine. Unfortunately, every device has a limited life span. However, implementing a well-maintained cleaning program will prolong the life of your coffee machine, meaning you get to save money.
Be sure to read your machine’s user manual first before you start cleaning your coffee pot or machine, as the parts differ in maintenance. You will know what solutions you can incorporate to clean the device well. This will indicate the parts you should clean using a dishwasher and the ones you should clean manually.
Remember, a clean machine guarantees your health and safety—a good reason why you should always ensure your coffee machine is clean.