Blenders can make our lives easier by doing all of the chopping, mixing, and pureeing for us. But it’s no secret that washing all those pieces by hand is something most of us would rather avoid.
The combination of sharp blades and awkwardly-shaped pitchers and lids makes for a less-than-pleasant time. So if you’ve got a dishwasher handy, you’re probably curious to find out what is safe to load alongside your normal dishes.
Fortunately, almost all Ninja blender pieces are dishwasher safe. The lids and cups should be placed in the top rack and the pitcher in the bottom rack. It’s best to wipe the base clean with a damp cloth and hand wash the blades with a dish brush and mild detergent.
In this article, I’ll show you each piece that’s safe to load in the dishwasher (and what you’ll want to hand wash). I’ll also give some helpful tips on how to load each piece so that it actually gets cleaned.
Let’s get right to it!
Ninja Blender Dishwasher Safe Items
Here’s a full breakdown of what’s safe to load up in your dishwasher—and what you should probably hand wash.
Ninja Blender Pitcher Dishwasher Safe
Ninja blender pitchers are completely dishwasher safe. They can go in the top or bottom rack, but because of their size you might find that the bottom rack works best.
Ninja Cups Dishwasher Safe
Ninja’s blender cups are completely dishwasher safe. They can go in either the top or bottom rack, depending on your available room.
It’s usually best to place smaller cups on the top rack, resting at a slight angle to help with rinsing and drying. If you’re having trouble with water spots, you can try adding a rinse aid to your dishwasher or simply add a small bit of vinegar before starting a wash cycle.
Ninja Lids Dishwasher Safe
Yes, Ninja’s blender lids are completely dishwasher safe. They should be placed in the top rack only. When loading the lids, try to place them on their sides or facing down and with any spout cover and handles open.
Ninja Blades Dishwasher Safe
Ninja’s blender blade assemblies are technically dishwasher safe, but it’s better to hand wash them if you want your blades to last longer.
That’s because the combination of high temperature and strong detergents can actually dull your blades over time. This could lead to chunkier smoothies, and it might force your blender to work harder than it needs to.
Also, hand washing your blade assemblies ensures that you get all the food remnants that may be trapped in the nooks and crannies.
It’s best to wash your blades right after use with mild dish soap using a nylon dish brush that has a handle. Once washed, you can leave the blade assembly out to air dry.
How To Clean Ninja Blender Base
While the base to your Ninja blender isn’t dishwasher safe, it still needs to be cleaned regularly. Unplug the base and wipe it clean using a damp, warm cloth.
If there are any stubborn food spots, you can try adding a little dish soap to the damp cloth to help remove it. Then rinse the cloth and wipe the area clean.
Be sure to pay special attention to the buttons and sides of the blender base, as these are the areas that tend to get exposed to the most food splatter.
What You Need To Know
Keeping your Ninja blender is easy once you know that most of the components can simply be loaded into the dishwasher.
Ninja says that the following items are all dishwasher safe:
- Blade assemblies
Although in my experience, I’ve found it’s often best to hand wash the blades using a nylon brush to help keep them sharp (and to make sure I remove any debris from all the nooks and crannies).
That said, if you’re pressed for time or just not feeling like hand washing, it’s perfectly fine to load your blades in the dishwasher alongside the rest of the blender components.
Then, you can wipe the base clean with a damp (not wet) cleaning rag or paper towel.