How to Clean a Coffee Maker with Vinegar


One way to help reduce the global warming of our beloved earth is by finding ways to be more eco-friendly to save your environment from destruction and at the same time also to save cost. You do not have to use expensive items in going green in the kitchen if it is done properly and in the correct manner. In order to be green in your kitchen, you can try several methods of practice when cleaning your appliances.

Apart from cleaning your coffee maker using coffee cleaner solutions, you can also use the inexpensive solution just by using white vinegar. The difficult part in cleaning a coffee maker is when it comes to the internal part and it is important to clean your coffee maker thoroughly so that you can enjoy a nice coffee rather than tasting coffee sludge day in and day out.

For stains on coffee makers, you have to mix a bit of white vinegar along with a bit of water. Apply the solution on the affected stain by using a spray bottle to enable it to saturate. Then, leave it for a while at least fifteen minutes, before you can use a sponge to clean the affected area through a rubbing motion.

Any leftover of old coffee beans, residue, oils, and minerals will later be accumulated and turn into rancid. If the area that you live in has hard water, mineral deposits, which are also known as lime scale and mineral scale, will be formed and the scale will, in the end, affect your coffee maker’s heating unit and its water flow thus resulting in the low efficiency of its performance. Therefore, it is important for you to clean your coffee maker on a regular basis.

To clean a coffee maker with vinegar, you need:

  • Drip coffee maker
  • Water
  • White vinegar
  • Soap

Cleaning a Coffee Maker with Vinegar

How to Clean a Coffee Maker with Vinegar

  • First thing to do is to clear off all the leftover coffee from your carafe
    • The old coffee ground and filter need to be emptied from the basket
    • Once you have finished cleaning your carafe, you need to rinse the carafe by using cold water
    • Then, you can fill the carafe with two parts of it with water and another one part with white vinegar

In order for you to get the best results, it is recommended that you do a periodically cleaning on your coffee makers at least once a month and make sure it is thoroughly cleaned.

  • The next step is to mix your vinegar together with water solution and pour the mixture into your coffee maker’s reservoir
    • Then, you need to select the function of brewing a pot and turn your coffee maker on.
    • After you have finished the brewing cycle, make sure to turn off your coffee maker.
    • Leave your vinegar solution to sit for at least 15 minutes in the carafe.
  • As for any vinegar’s vestiges, you need to rinse them out through
    • The brewing process of the water via your coffee maker for at least another two times
    • After you have finished, make sure that you have turned off the coffee maker for another 15 minutes between two of the cycles.
  • Another thing to do is to wash the carafe and also its filter basket by using warm soapy water
    • Make sure to rinse them off thoroughly before you start to use the coffee maker.

Apart from cleaning the carafe manually, you can also wash it in your dishwasher. As for stubborn vinegar odor even after you have rinsed the coffee maker two times, we advice that you run more water through your coffee maker until there is no more smell of vinegar odor.

  • In order to control mineral deposits, you can also place a glass marble in the water chamber of your coffee maker so that all mineral deposits will only accumulate onto the marble instead of accumulating inside your coffee maker. Make sure to clean and wash the marble regularly.

    Always remember that when you want to clean the coffee maker

    • You should brew one more cycle of mixture of white vinegar and water solution.
    • Once finished, you need to clean the coffee maker with water.
    • This cleaning method needs to be done every two to three months in order to have the coffee maker brewing efficiently.
    • Even though vinegars are known to have a bad smell, it is the best solution in cleaning a coffee maker because it has acids that can clean all the scales and mineral deposits that clog the inside of your coffee maker.

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