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How to Clean the Ninja Blender

As mentioned in several of the Ninja blender reviews these lovely little guys can often be very difficult to clean. Hopefully this post will help keep your frustrations at bay as you will learn exactly how to clean the Ninja blender product line.


Tip #1 – Rinse it fast

While one would think that you could easily store excess blended concoctions in the containers that are provided with the Ninja blending system, you must take a couple of extra steps to ensure easy cleanup later on down the road.

 The first of these is to rinse the lids of the containers thoroughly as soon as you are finished blending anything inside of them. This holds to be especially true in the large blending pictures that many Ninja blenders come with.

How to Clean the Ninja Blender

Ninja Blender

 As the lids seal to make certain that you do not have any spills or leaks while blending. This can become quite cumbersome during cleanup. There are several areas in the spill proof lids in which food becomes lodged and will harden over time, making it nearly impossible to get old food particles out of the lids.

By thoroughly rinsing these lids under hot water immediately after blending you are able to remove all food particles before they have time to harden and settle.

Also, you should be certain to remove the blade systems that are detachable in all of the Ninja products and rinse them thoroughly so that food does not have time to build up on them. Make certain that you are very careful when rinsing these blades as they are exceptionally sharp and can cause some really nasty cuts.


Tip #2 – Hand washing is better

While all of the Ninja products state that many of their parts are dishwasher safe, it is best if you avoid the dishwasher for these containers and blades. There are a couple of reasons for this.

First, the removable blades are very light and can often come out of side bays in dishwashers and become lodged in the bottom of them. This results in the possibility of jamming up your dishwasher or even worse, severely cutting yourself while trying to remove the blades from the bottom of the dishwasher.

It is simply much safer and easier to just wash the blades by hand once you are finished using them. Typically, if you rinse them and simply swish them in your dishwater it will be more than sufficient for keeping them clean.

As far as the containers are concerned some dishwashers will actually produce hot enough water that you can melt and warp your containers. This will result in your containers not fitting properly with the lids or bases and replacement being required. Once again, by rinsing the containers thoroughly after use and quickly submerging them in dishwater they will typically be clean with very little effort.

How to Clean the Ninja Blender

Ninja Ultima Blender Plus


Extend the life of your Ninja product

By following the cleaning steps outlined above, you can extend the life of your Ninja products far beyond their expected warranties. This will allow you to continue enjoying delicious blended concoctions for many years to come.

Do you have any Ninja cleaning tips?

What methods have you used to get the most success cleaning your Ninja products? Have you run into the same issues cleaning the lids as I have? Please take a moment and share your thoughts in the comment section below.


  1. I never used a dishwasher to wash my blender. It’s better to wash it just in hand, and to do it as soon as u use it, because after that is difficult to maintain it.

    • Over the years I have stopped washing my pitcher in the dishwasher too. I don’t like how it makes the pitcher foggy. I did like putting it in the dishwasher, but as you mentioned, it is difficult to maintain. Some people absolutely want to be able to put a pitcher in the dishwasher and being dishwasher safe is mandatory to them.

  2. Do not buy. It’s taking all I can do to spend any more time on this but to help people I will. The lid on the ninja is hallow. Water, crud, stale dishwater, whatever is inevitably going younger inside it. IT WILL NOT COME OUT. you can hear it shaking inside. Then naturally it will grow mold. Poor design focusing on a gimmick. Someone needs to speak up about oversights like this. Guess I will.

    • I have the same problem, no matter what I do I can’t get the mold smell out. It’s the only complaint I have, needs to be redesigned.

  3. Do. Not. Buy. It’s taking all I can do to spend any more time on this but to help people I will. The lid on the ninja is hallow. Water, crud, stale dishwater, milk, whatever is inevitably going to get inside it. IT WILL NOT COMPLETELY COME OUT. you can hear it shaking inside. Then naturally it will grow mold. Poor design focusing on a gimmick. Someone needs to speak up about oversights like this. Guess I will.

    • Thank you for your comment. I haven’t heard many complaints and am curious what Ninja blender you had the problem of getting water inside?

      • Ninja Kitchen System Pulse, has that issue. BL207 series. It has a lid w locking handle that is used on both the 40oz bowl & 48 oz pitcher. This is the lid that has a divit & hole leading into hollow lid cavity. I was having a terrible time cleaning under the drive gear, especially when blending chicken & other ingredients. So prior to use but after I “cleaned” it I sprayed a bit of peroxide on it that’s when I noticed it bubbling in the center of the lid. But even knowing stuff is trapped in there I found no way to eliminate the food from getting trapped nor get it all out once its in there.

    • Thats an important point about the lid holding stale dishwater.

      Thanks for the warning. The manufacturer definitely needs to address that.

      I REALLY like the blender for smoothies, however, as others have said its hard to clean. I
      always power the unit up after use and include a full picture of water with dish soap and run
      it three times … first with the soap, then two rinses. Then I rinse it under the tap water to
      get all the final nasties off of it before allowing it to air dry. But having done that for a full year
      or more, the unit has crud on it and getting your hand into every little crack is pretty impossible
      without using some tool, etc.

      So, was hoping to use the dishwasher to blast into those little corners. Hmmmmmm.

  4. Crud gets in the hollow handle and ther is no way to get this out. Is there a way to dismantle the handle from the blender jar. No more dishwasher.

    • I never found a way to dismantle the handle…but i was able to get a new blender carafe after calling cs at ninja explained details. I could have purchased a replacement. But Ninja sent postage included. Then to solve issue, i got a awesome Tasin TS-108 meat grinder to make my cat food. Going forward I only use my Ninja for specific types of products not to include meat ingredients.

      • I thought of an idea to help those who have made the mistake of a dishwasher
        wash for the unit only to have the handle hold water that cannot be drained.

        Take a standard electric drill, use a small bit, and drill two or three holes in the base
        of the handle to allow that accumulated water to drain. Then put it is the sun outside
        to allow the heat to vaporize any moisture left inside that handle. Just a thought.

        As a side note, I love my blender. Its about 3 years old now. And it has begun to leak
        some at the base of the carafe as I run it with soap water post smooth preparation. If
        I use my hand to push it down hard, I can minimize the leaking but it shouldn’t happen.
        The unit is a good product but does not seem properly built to last very long.

        • I like that probable remedy for water retention issue in the carafe handle. Wish that worked on the lid due to same issue. I like the way u trouble shoot. Let me know if u come up w anything else for the lid issue.

          • The cover / lid could be drilled, also, so long as the holes aren’t on the bottom inside. Drill just through the top
            layer of plastic to open the cavity. Not all the way through. And not on the inside facing the food blended product.

            But you’d have to cover all these drill holes with water proof tape every time you wash or the water would get in

  5. How do you clean the base? Sometimes the blender leaks and it is difficult to get the liquid out of the base.

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