How Often and How Do You Clean Your Coffee Maker?

When is the last time you cleaned your coffee maker?  You probably don’t remember, do you?  You should clean your coffee maker at least once a month.  Every time you brew coffee, debris from the beans and hard water and lime deposits build up inside the machine.  It needs to be cleaned to remove those deposits and keep your java tasting fresh.

Your coffee maker might have an indicator that tells you when it needs to be cleaned.  If it does not, you should plan to clean it once a month, or more often if you use it more than average.  Also, if you have particularly hard water or do not use a water softener, you should clean your coffee maker more frequently.

So how do you go about cleaning your coffee maker?  Of course you know how to brew your coffee.  The good news is that cleaning your coffee maker is as simple as brewing coffee.  Here are the steps:

  • Put a clean filter in the filter basket.
  • Fill the reservoir with half plain white vinegar and half water.
  • Turn the coffee maker on and run it as if you were brewing coffee.
  • After the cycle is complete, empty the pot of vinegar and repeat the process twice with plain water.  Be sure to do this twice so that your coffee doesn’t taste like vinegar.
  • When you have completed cleaning the internal parts of the coffee maker, you can put the pot and filter basket directly into the dishwasher.
  • If you don’t have vinegar, you can dissolve two denture cleaning tablets in warm water and fill the coffee pot with that solution.

You can also use a coffee maker cleaning product like Dip-It, but using vinegar is just as effective and safer.  It doesn’t contain any of the harsh chemicals that you would find in a manufactured cleaning product.

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