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Kitchen Tip: Cleaning A Coffeemaker

Everyday Food, October 2006

A monthly cleaning will help ensure a great-tasting cup of coffee.

Why Clean It?
Oily residue from brewing, along with hard-water deposits and other impurities, build up in coffeemakers over time. The result: Your coffee can end up with an unpleasant flavor.

How To Clean
Once a month, fill the water reservoir with a mixture that's half distilled white vinegar and half water. Turn on the coffeemaker. Let several cups run through, then turn it off and let sit for an hour. Start the machine again to complete the cycle, discarding the vinegar mixture afterward. Run plain water through the coffeemaker a few times until the vinegar odor disappears. To clean the carafe and filter basket, place in the top rack of the dishwasher.

Comments (5)

  • Lily9999 26 Aug, 2014

    Busycoffeemom suggets a product from Williams-Sonoma but forgot to mention it costs $9.95 for a sigle use bottle. That's over $10.00 (with tax) per cleaning! This vinegar method is easy, earth-friendly and cheap. And you don't have an extra bottle, plus the other packaging to recycle. The vinegar works perfectly and really doesn't smell that bad. I use it for a ton of different cleaning jobs. Please try the vinegar method first.

  • SiouxieQueue 22 Nov, 2013

    I am curious why "busycoffeemom" has grease in her coffee pot... But this method has worked for me for a long time. Vinegar is cheap!

  • Hattie 9 Feb, 2015

    "Oily residue from brewing, along with hard-water deposits and other impurities, build up in coffeemakers over time."

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  • busycoffeemom 24 Apr, 2012

    I learned the hard way that coffee machines need regular cleanings. But then I also learned the hard way that there's an easier way to clean them than water and vinegar! Though the solution works well, it's too time consuming and smells AWFUL! After trying a few products on the market, I recently learned of Full Circle at Williams-Sonoma. It quickly gets rid of the grease and grime build up on my coffee machine and is completely natural, eco-friendly and biodegradable. It's holistic and lovable!