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How to Clean a Coffee Maker


Brewing your favorite coffee before rush working hours is straight from the hood. What can hamper you to enjoy the morning cup of Joe and get the so needed freshness kick?

You might not take a guess, but a “right-hand man” called the coffee machine may often be one of the dirtiest spot in your kitchen. So, regular cleaning your coffee maker is absolutely necessary.

Ensure a proper coffee maker cleaning by yourself or hire a professional.

Simple washing the carafe doesn’t really mean you ensured yourself a safety from various malignant bacteria. Just imagine that a coffee pot contains all molds, coffee grounds remnants and different hard-water deposits.

That seems quite harmless at first sight, as human body has an easy job to fight with dangerous substances, which can do damage to you after just another cup of coffee.

Yet, the situation is under control only until this entire bad residue passes over the safety limit. Otherwise, in addition to vicious taste of your favorite drink, you are in danger of catching some health problems.

That’s why, if you want to take care of yourself and always drink great coffee without bad aftertaste and smell, be ready to keep your coffee maker clean.

According to barista Arne from Coffeeness to give the machine a decent cleaning you won’t need anything special. Most probably you already have all necessary things to insure your coffee maker from impurities.

With our tips, make sure you carefully cleaned all internal components instead of casual careless washing. Scientists proved that a high water temperature, as well as even good filtered water, is not enough for removing reservoirs buildups.

Our guide will teach you how to properly maintain one of the most used and popular kitchen appliance. Use this advice and don’t let the taste and quality of your coffee deteriorate with time.

Meet our general tips and then pass to the step-by-step guide.


General coffee maker cleaning tips


  • Wash after each brewing

The first and the easiest thing you can start with is to wash coffee maker components with water each time when you brew coffee. It will help you to remove oily remnants and coffee grouts.

It’s up to you whether to choose hand washing with soapy water or use a dishwasher for removable parts of the machine.

Always wipe down the parts with dry cloth or leave them on the sunlight. Thus, you will prevent your machine from moist environment, favorable for bacterial growth.

Ensure the water is warm enough as it better copes with deposits and rests of coffee.


  • Provide regular full cleaning

In addition to washing your coffee maker each time after it was used, you should clean it entirely with some periodicity.

How regular should you do it? Everything depends on the water and the frequency of use. With soft water 1 full cleaning per 2-3 months will be enough. But for hard water, clean your machine once a month.


  • Use vinegar or other solutions

White vinegar is most often used for cleaning coffee makers due to its low cost, comparably high effectiveness and safety. It is also quite reliable.

Although our guide was based on cleaning the machine with vinegar, you may prefer using other cleaning solutions.

The reasons why you may choose for example lemon juice or backing soda are lack of unpleasant smell and taste after cleaning, their natural origin etc.

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6 Steps to clean your coffee maker


  1. Clean the coffee pot

    Empty the carafe and throw out any leftovers from the filter. Make sure there are no previously used coffee grouts in the pot.

  2. Make a mixture

    Now, when the pot is empty, fill it with equal portions of white vinegar and cold water. If your machine isn’t extremely dirty and full of mold use less vinegar – 1/3 or even 1/2 of water volume.

  3. Start brewing

    Turn on your coffee maker and brew until the half pot is empty. When the cycle is finished, turn your machine off and leave the solution for 15-30 minutes.

    This time is necessary for the solution to deeply penetrate into mineral build ups and residues.

  4. Run the second cycle

    After allowing the mixture sit down to the bottom, repeat the brewing cycle one more time. This will remove the unpleasant vinegar taste and after-smell.
    Next, you can brew once again but with water only. If the smell remains, make one more just water cycle until it dissipates.

  5. Rinse the carafe

    Pour some warm water and carefully rinse the carafe and filter with soap. You may use a sponge to remove gunk.
    If you still feel vinegar, repeat the cycle using only water again. If you defined it is not necessary, skip additional water brewing.

  6. Dry the parts

    The process is finished, except of wiping off the remaining water. Make sure the machine is clean and dry inside. Try brewing your coffee drink.

Comment (1)

  1. maudud

    Coffee maker cleaning is a important fact after making a good coffee. I think white vinegar is most important agent used for cleaning coffee makers. Regular cleaning your coffee maker is absolutely necessary.


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