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How to Clean a Coffee Maker With Vinegar

Vinegar is one of the most effective and cost-saving substance to clean your coffee maker. Let's see how to go about it.
Ningthoujam Sandhyarani Jun 10, 2019
A majority of us believe that good coffee beans only make the best coffee in the world. On second thoughts, if you make coffee in a dirty drip coffee maker, then you will have a bad-tasting coffee, no matter how good the quality of the coffee beans. Rather, it will smell and taste like mud.
This is due to the presence of leftover coffee oil residues and hard water scales in the coffee pot. Over a period of time, these impurities will impair the functioning of the brewer's drip. When something like this starts to happen, it is time that you take extra care of it.
Many coffee aficionados have a common query regarding the most effective way to clean a coffee maker. There are several ways to do so, out of which the best and effective method is cleaning with vinegar. As we all know, vinegar is a natural household liquid with no toxic compounds or residues.
The acidic property of vinegar is effective for removing the minerals buildups, oil residues, and other impurities from the pot. So, let's set out on a cleaning spree so that you won't have to compromise with the taste of the hot cuppa coffee.

Cleaning Coffee Maker With Vinegar

If you are not a regular home coffee brewer, use vinegar for cleaning your coffee maker once a month. Whereas, if you are a frequent user, it is recommended that you carry out cleaning after every two-dozen brewing processes. It not only removes the accumulated residues from the coffee makers, but also increases the durability of the coffee pot.

Step #1

Clean out any leftover coffee from the carafe, and rinse it properly with cold water.

Step #2

Make a solution by mixing three cups of white vinegar with six cups of water, which should be enough to fill the coffee pot. Following this, Fill the water chamber with this solution.

Step #3

Use the solution and a white cloth to wipe the outer surface of the coffee maker and the heating element. Allow the vinegar and water solution to sit in the water chamber for at least 15-20 minutes. Doing so will effectively dissolve the hard deposited particles from the corners of the coffee maker.

Step #4

Place the mesh filter in its position. Then, run a brew cycle along with the solution once. Shut off the coffee pot after completion of one brewing process. Allow the pot to cool down for about 15 minutes.

Step #5

Once the coffee maker has cooled down, you can remove the mesh filter and rinse it with cold water. Take out the coffee pot and drain the vinegar solution. You will notice some residue that comes out from the coffee pot.

Step #6

For better removal of the remaining particles and vinegar traces, fill the coffee maker with plain water and run another brew cycle. Allow it to cool down for about 15 minutes and drain the water from the pot.
Repeat the process of brewing with water for another 2-3 times. Smell the pot for the odor of vinegar, if any. If there's no odor, then you're ready to brew another fresh and heavenly-tasting java!
In case of coffee pots that are not cleaned on a regular basis, you can consider repeating brewing vinegar and water solution for 2-3 times. Using this method will avoid exposure to toxic cleaning products. Moreover, you can save on a lot of money that you can spend on buying commercial cleaning products. Enjoy your cuppa coffee!