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How-To: Clean a Coffee Maker


Drip coffee makers should be cleaned monthly to keep your coffee tasting delicieux. This How To, which is pretty similar to my tip on cleaning a microwave, will get rid of hard water mineral deposits, oils left over from previous pots, and any impurities that infringe on your coffee's good taste. There's no reason to put up with anything less than perfection; making your coffee maker so fresh and so clean is a cinch. To learn how to clean up your caffeine fix,

  1. Remove and toss your coffee filter, if there's one in there.
  2. Fill the water reservoir with 1/4 vinegar, 3/4 water.
  3. Run the coffee maker.
  4. Turn it off and then leave it to cool for 10 minutes.
  5. Repeat steps 2-4 with a new vinegar/water mixture.
  6. Run plain water through the coffee maker, and leave it to cool for 10 minutes.
  7. Repeat step 6.
  8. Remember to clean again next month!

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Kalliefornia Kalliefornia 8 years
waitress trick- we clean the glass coffee pots by pouring rock salt in, a handful of ice cubes, and squeeze some lemon juice into it, and shake vigorously. Something about the acid from the lemon eating away at the brown coffee stains helped by the ice and salt physically grinding against it.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I remember thinking about this when you posted the "how to" on the microwave. :)
emalove emalove 8 years
Thanks for this!
JovianSkies JovianSkies 8 years
We do this to our coffeemaker all the time, and I think that's what makes our coffee more flavorful.
JovianSkies JovianSkies 8 years
We do this to our coffeemaker all the time, and I think that's what makes our coffee more flavorful.
sofi sofi 8 years
as I drink my coffee now, it definitely could be better. I have to clean mine soon otherwise my Starbucks brew is just wasted.
king's-queen king's-queen 8 years
This is really good advice. We kept making coffe that tasted sour, and finally decided this weekend to do something about it. I think my husband put the vinegar/water solution through just once, but it made all the difference!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
I don't have one! Hahaha maybe one day I will buy one...but I don't drink coffee and neither does mt boyfriend...
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