You’ve used your shiny new Ninja NJ600 for the first time and now it’s filled with the remains of your strawberry-banana smoothie, mashed potatoes or tomato sauce. Now it’s time to make it sparkle like it did when you took it out of the box after you got that great deal.
In 2015, Ninja issued a revised safety warning regarding the blades used in its blenders. According to Consumer Reports, the “stacked blades” assembly isn’t anchored to the pitcher, which may cause the blades to fall out when you pour. This raises the risk of laceration and has led to many complaints.
The safety recall recommends that users either remove the lid and blades before pouring or pour through the spout on the lid. When cleaning your NJ600, take extra care when removing and handling the blades.
In the dishwasher
You’ll be happy to know that if you have a dishwasher, you can use it to clean most parts of your Ninja NJ600, which features six blades and a BPA-free, 72-ounce pitcher. NinjaKitchen.com says the NJ600’s blades, pitcher and lid are dishwasher-safe.
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To use a dishwasher to clean your NJ600, make sure the blender is unplugged, then disassemble by taking off the lid, unsnapping the blades and twisting off the pitcher. To prevent damage to the blades and lid, put these pieces in the top rack.
While your blade, pitcher and lid are getting scrubbed in the dishwasher, you can clean your Ninja’s motor base. Never immerse the motor base in water or any liquid; wipe it down with a damp sponge or cloth.
Let your blender clean itself
If you don’t own or would rather not use a dishwasher, you can let your 1,000-watt NJ600 clean itself.
To start, remove the lid and put it aside. Leave the pitcher and blade attached. Fill the pitcher about three-quarters of the way with warm water. Add a drop of dishwashing detergent and secure the lid on the blender. Press down on the pulse button several times until your blender is clean.
After letting your blender do most of the work, unplug it, remove the lid and rinse it and the pitcher. After rinsing, remove the blade and run it under the water to remove all soap. Place all the parts on a towel or rack to dry.
If your blender isn’t quite as clean as you’d like to it to be, you can use a few drops of white vinegar instead of dishwashing detergent. You can also mix the detergent with coarsely chopped lemon to get your blender to sparkle.
Updated August 19, 2016.