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Ninja blender is the most talked-about regular blending machine at the moment. It’s not only affordable but also can handle most of the blending and food processing needs without issues. Nonetheless, many users don’t know how to clean a ninja blender by hand. They prefer to wash in the dishwasher, which of course, is easier but not the best option in my opinion.
Therefore, the purpose of this article is to show you some tricks on how you can clean your blender by hand and still leave it speckless. But again, the process won’t be as quick as with luxury blenders like Breville Super Q or Vitamix due to the many components.
Also, when we were talking about how to use Ninja blender the other day, we saw that the blades are very sharp. So, you can easily suffer lacerations with the machine if not careful enough.
Should I Clean My Ninja Blender Every Day?
In general, a blender is the most used appliance in a household kitchen. Of course, many people only get a blender for juicing and smoothies, but you can do a whole lot of kitchen tasks as well.
If it’s a Ninja brand, many available models can mix ingredients, chop the vegetable, knead the dough, and crush ice without issues. You can also use the blender for making Frappuccino drinks instead of taking that five bucks to Starbucks every time.
But again, you can only make the best of your blender if you take care of it well. One of these care practices happens to be cleaning, which, by the way, is the most vital of all. So, yes, you should clean your Ninja blender after every use.
Regardless, the five top reasons why it’s important to clean your blender are:
- Keep it neat: this simply means to clean your blender to maintain its elegance and original look for a longer time.
- Enhance Performance: a clean blender can function properly as intended. For instance, you can minimize overheating issues by keeping the air vents free of debris and dirt.
- Maintain Good Health: the main idea of having a blender is to help maintain a healthy life. However, food that remains from the previous usage can contaminate your new recipe, which risks the issue of food poisoning or a sour smell and taste.
- Ensure Durability: your blender is likely to last longer if the motor’s functioning properly and the blade system can spin without getting stuck.
- Return and Warranty Policy: Ninja Kitchen usually provides you with a standard (free) one-year limited warranty. However, the warranty doesn’t cover “damage caused by misuse or failure to provide the necessary maintenance like keeping the motor base clean”. The same will apply if you return your blender for a refund.
Can I Clean My Ninja Blender in the Dishwasher?
A dishwasher is usually very helpful if you need to save time cleaning to do other things around the house. You can use it to clean various utensil materials, not limited to basic ceramic, Pyrex (or borosilicate glass) stainless steel, and some plastic.
As of now, the Ninja blender comes with a plastic blending jar and jar lid. However, the manufacturer has labeled these components dishwasher safer. So, you can comfortably put in the magic chore machine without worrying about them getting damaged.
Regardless, the bottom racks of a dishwasher are the closest to the heating element, which means the water is hotter. So, you should place your blender components on the top section. This will help prevent the effects of thermal degradation and prolong the life of your blending tool.
Another thing, the power base of a blender shouldn’t be cleaned in a dishwasher, or even in the kitchen sink. The part consists of electrical elements that enable the blade to spin and facilitate blending. So, they could easily spoil or cause injuries (electric shock) when they come in contact with water.
Please note, the Nutri Ninja personal blending cups, lids, and extractor blade assembly are all safe to clean in a dishwasher. However, the blade assembly usually mounts on a lid, which has a gasket ting that can get damaged easily in the dishwasher.
More on that, the extractor blade, as well as the stacked total crushing blade, have very sharp and exposed edges. Thus, can damage or scratch your blending containers and other dishes if they bang against each other in the machine.
In other words, cleaning your ninja blender by hand should be a much better option if you have five minutes of your twenty-four hours to spare.
How to Clean a Ninja Blender Without the Dishwasher
When it comes to cleaning a blender with hands, there are three parts you have to concentrate on: base, container, and blade system. The good thing, however, is that the method is more convenient and efficient compared to using a dishwasher.
Here are some of the upsides of cleaning a Ninja blender by hands:
- You can remove the food remains hiding in the crevices in the blade system
- It allows you to reach even the far corners of the blending container
- Has low no risk of banging and damaging your blender components
- Has no chances of thermal degradation. Thus, the containers won’t discolor or fade fast
- It’s much easier to take care of the delicate parts like the gasket and avoid issues of leaking
But again, the blades of a ninja blender are still very exposed, razor-sharp, and with pointed ends. So, you’ll need to be watchful not to end your happy smoothie moments with some serious deep cuts. One simple way you can do this is by using a dish scrub brush that has a long handle.
In any case, below are some tips on how you can clean your Ninja blender without having to rely on the dishwasher.
1. How To Clean Ninja Blender Container
Overall, cleaning the blending container of any blender is often the most demanding. It’s the part that comes in direct contact with the food ingredients you’re processing. So, it will also be the first to contaminate your recipe at hand if there were any residues from the previous recipes.
But, anyway, to clean your Ninja blender container properly, you’ll need some dish soap, lukewarm water, chopped lemon, and a dish scrub sponge.
Note, the best time to clean your blending container is immediately after processing and emptying your content. This will help prevent the food residue from sticking on the walls of the container, which could take time to scrub later.
- After you have emptied the container, rinse with cold/ warm water to reduce the food remains
- If you removed the blade when serving, place it back onto the drive gear.
- Now, half-fill the container with warm water and add two to three drops of dish soap. Then, secure the lid by pressing the handle down.
- Run the blender on the medium or high-speed setting, just like when blending stuff.
- After about 45 seconds or one minute, stop the machine by pressing the power button
- Once the blade has stopped spinning, disengage the blending container from the power base, then remove the lid and the blade system.
- Finally, pour out the soapy water, then rinse and drain your container before storing
Alternatively, you can manually clean your blending pitcher using a dish scrub sponge and warm, soapy water. The method can be more helpful in the case where debris has dried on the walls or around the corners of the container.
If you blended some dark greens and perhaps forget to clean the blender immediately, the blending container can stain. In certain cases, these stains could fail to come out by washing with dish soap alone. So, you might need to soak your container with an organic cleaner that can lift the discoloration and leave your plastic sparkling clean.
Some of these natural food-safe cleaners include:
- Fresh-cut Lemon + salt
- White vinegar
- Baking soda paste
- Denture tablets
- ALKA SELTZER, or even
For best results, add a solution of either of the substances into your jar for a few minutes or even hours, depending on the type of stains. Then, dispense the content, rinse thoroughly, and dry it before storing.
2. How to Clean Ninja Blender Blades
Even with a speckless container, your smoothie will still get contaminated if you don’t know how to clean ninja blender blades. This is so, as the blade assembly tends to have crevices where food remains usually hide and stick. Then, the blade edges are razor-sharp, which makes it harder to scrub with a dishwashing sponge.
But again, this doesn’t mean you leave your blending blade with a week-long residue and still make refreshment drinks with it. If you have a dish scrub brush with a long handle, you can comfortably clean around the blades and in the crevices without getting any injuries.
As you wash the blade assembly, though, grasp it by the top of the shaft to avoid cutting your fingers. Furthermore, you can soak the unit in the solution with white vinegar or baking soda solution to get rid of any hiding bacteria. Then, rinse with fresh water and drain before storing.
3. How to Clean Ninja Blender Power Base
First of all, it’s very rare to find someone who doesn’t know how to clean the Ninja blender power base. As was mentioned earlier, the base of any blender is where we have the motor and other electrical components. So, cleaning it is as simple as wiping with a damp soft cloth or sponge, just like with many electronics. otherwise, you’ll risk damaging the motor or suffering an electrical shock when you put it into water or dishwasher.
Meanwhile, the air vents of many Ninja blenders are usually underneath instead of the sides. As you clean the housing, don’t forget to unclog any dirt, food particles, or other debris that might be stuck in the openings. This will help ensure the motor gets cool air during blending and minimize the chances of overheating. Thus, prolonging its lifetime all along.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you clean the base of a blender?
The base of the Ninja blender, or any other brand for that matter, is where we have the motor and key electrical components. Therefore, avoid putting into water or dishwasher at all cost. To clean the base housing, wipe with a damp SOFT cloth or sponge. Then, polish with a different soft cloth that’s dry. Don’t forget to unblock the air vents underneath as well.
Is a Ninja Blender easy to clean?
In short, Ninja blenders are simple to clean as you can use the dishwasher or let it self-clean. You can also perform a thorough manual cleanup using soapy warm water. And in case the container has tough stains or discoloration, you can soak in organic cleaning like white vinegar for some time. Then, rinse and drain to avoid the issue of molding when in storage.
How do you clean the base of a magic bullet?
Unlike with countertop blenders, cleaning a magic bullet is a snap. The cups you can wash in the top rack of a dishwasher or hand wash alongside the extractor blade in warm soapy water. If the blends happen to leak into the base, you can wipe it out with a damp cloth, then leave it to dry. Even so, cleaning should be done immediately to prevent the residue from drying in the base, which could jam the motor.
How do I clean my Ninja Pro 900 watts?
The Ninja Professional 900 is one of the most successful personal blenders from the Ninja Kitchen. Just like with the full-size machines, you can clean the components of the little guy manually in warm, soapy water. Or in the dishwasher on the top rack where there’s no much heat. When hand-washing, though, you might need to use a dish scrub with a handle to avoid direct contact with the sharp blades.
For sure, Ninja blender can make a great kitchen appliance when given a chance. Even with the models under a hundred dollars, you can still make a smooth smoothie and perform other food processing tasks. But again, the blade system is usually the heart and soul of all Ninja blenders. So, the consistency of your blend will depend on how you arrange the ingredients and the sharpness of the cutting edges.
As for the cleaning time, you have to handle the blade assembly of your ninja machine with care to avoid lacerations. Also, remember to clean all the crevices well if you want your health drink to be drinkable now and later.
By the way, your fresh blend will certainly spoil faster if it happens to mix up with some old, smelly food residues. So, you’ll still need to find a way to clean the crevices in the Total Crushing blade system if you don’t have a dish scrub brush in the kitchen.
But, anyhow, hopefully, the article has been helpful in some or all aspects. Wishing you some fun cleanup and happy, healthy blender life!