Gorgeous looking, attractive coffee makers bought recently from the store tend to lose their sparkle after a few uses. Moreover, stains made by coffee oils can conduce to an unattractive look for the coffee maker. To maintain the look of the coffee maker and to prepare coffee that does not taste weird, the apparatus needs cleaning at least once a month.
Now if you are wondering why we need to clean the coffee maker once a month, when it was created for man's convenience and not to become a pain in the neck, then you need to understand that the coffee machine tends to build up deposits of hard water and oily coffee deposits at the time of brewing. As a result, the flavor of prepared coffee gets altered due to the seeping of deposits into the freshly prepared coffee.
Cleaning with Vinegar
Vinegar is free of toxins and serves as an effective cleaning agent as its acidic properties dissolve the mineral deposits and oils left behind after brewing. For cleaning the coffee maker with vinegar, just mix equal amounts of white vinegar and water and pour this mixture into the water reservoir. Turn the coffeemaker on and allow several cups to run through. Then turn the apparatus off and allow the mixture to sit for an hour. Once again start the machine. Then discard this mixture and pour plain water in its place. Allow the plain water to run through a couple of times, until you stop getting the odor of vinegar. The carafe (glass container holding coffee) and filter basket can be washed in the dishwasher's uppermost rack.
Cleaning with Baking Soda
Cleaning the coffee maker with baking soda is recommended to be carried out once every week. To clean, try and remove the carafe's plastic lid if its possible and allow it to soak in a solution of dish washing liquid. Meanwhile to get the filter basket clean, fill the sink with tepid water (halfway). Into this water add 5-8 tablespoons of baking soda. Mix well and use this solution to clean the filter basket. This can be done by wiping the basket clean with a dishcloth dunked in the baking soda. After a thorough wiping session rinse the apparatus with water. While rinsing make sure you have the part of the coffee maker from which the water drips down over the filter rinsed well as this is one area where coffee oils tend to build up.
Cleaning with Lemon Juice
If you don't have vinegar at home, then you can try using citric acid instead. After ensuring the coffee basket is empty, run some cold water through the coffee maker. Throw away this water. Next, take equal amounts of concentrated lemon juice and water and pour this mixture into the rinsed coffee pot. Allow this solution to sit in the apparatus for 15 minutes before turning on the coffee maker. Turn on and allow the lemon solution to work through the apparatus. Then turn it off and allow the lemon solution inside to cool for 15 minutes before turning it on again. Discard this citric acid solution after second rinse and rinse the apparatus twice with cold water. Soak the coffee pot and filter basket in the sink filled with dish washing liquid solution and wash well.
Cleaning with Bleach
Discard any contents from the carafe and fill it with hot water. Leave some space for the bleach to come in. Pour ½ cup bleach into the hot water and allow it to sit for 15 minutes. Turn the coffee maker on and allow it to run through. Allow this solution to stand here for another 30 minutes, before discarding the solution. Fill the carafe with fresh hot water and turn on the apparatus to let it run a cycle. Carry out this procedure with more fresh hot water to get rid of all bleach residues.
The stores are flooded with commercial products to clean your coffee maker. Though these commercial products appear attractive and more effective, what you are actually doing is shelling out your hard-earned money on some acid or plain solvent wrapped in a fancy package. It's better to stick to natural products available in the kitchen on a regular basis, rather than resorting to expensive commercial products.