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How to Clean Coffee Maker with Vinegar?

Jun 17

How to Clean the Coffee Maker using Vinegar?

Many homes are dependent on coffee makers. Everyone needs a coffee maker to start their day. After a while, your coffee maker is dirty and dirty. That's the time to get a new one! It is easier to clean your coffeemaker with vinegar than to replace it. Continue reading this blog article for more information on how to learn how!

How much vinegar is required to wash a coffeemaker?

What do you need?



Utilize a paper towel, or a clean, dry cloth

a salt

A small bowl

Step by Step

  • Equal amounts of vinegar and water into the coffee maker. Turn the machine on and allow it to brew the mixture. Shut off the machine, and discard this solution (don't pour the solution down the drain unless you're sure the pipes can handle vinegar). Unplug the appliance and shut off the power source at the electrical outlet.
  • Cleanse the inside of the carafe with a clean, dry cloth or towels. Sprinkle coarse salt into the pot's interior if mineral deposits are in the reservoir. Add one fresh cup of fresh water into the reservoir, then two cups of white distillation vinegar.
  • You can run the entire cycle like usual, using just water and no ground coffee. For best results, discard the brewing solution in both batches after completion.
  • Even after several coffees without descaling, repeat the steps three times for optimal taste. Before making the next coffee cup, clean thoroughly using warm water.
  • Instead of pouring the vinegar mix down the sink, store it in an individual container. Add fresh water to the reservoir, and run the brew cycle a second time to remove any remaining vinegar.

Tips It's important to remember that cleaning a coffeemaker using vinegar may take a long time. Clean your coffee maker using a vinegar ratio of 50/50 mixture of tap water cold and white vinegar, either distilled or filtered after the brewing process has typically been completed. To achieve the best results, allow it to sit for a night before rerunning the brewing cycle without pods or filter baskets in the brewer. When making the next pot, wash thoroughly. To avoid any drips onto countertops, keep the coaster in the carafe.

After that, your coffee maker will appear fresh and clean. If vinegar wasn't working, it is possible to test a special cleaner designed for use.

Cleaning Tips for the Coffee Maker

When you have your coffee maker in place, fill it with approximately half an inch of white vinegar. Connect it to the power source and switch the machine on as usual. It will begin to make a brew with only vinegar (not coffee). It will run its process until it is finished making a cup. This is the time to clean: Turn off the power to prevent everything from running/brewing for now; then unplug it! Don't remove any components yet but use this time to wipe down where particles could be lurking around specific areas while they are still wet. These include drip trays, carafes and decanters, and so on. Clean all surfaces with warm water if possible. Utilize a damp, clean cloth to scrub them until they sparkle and are free from any residue or particles.

To clean the coffee maker's interior workings, carefully remove the cover. The part is moving, so be extra careful when handling this part! Use an old toothbrush mixed with water and rubbing alcohol to remove any remaining leftovers. Rinse thoroughly under warm running waters again. All components, including the cover mechanism, completely dry before rebuilding.

Make sure to fill the machine with white vinegar once again, without coffee grounds put into the machine. Securely screw the top back on and connect it to the brewing system to make another vinegar cycle. When this process is completed, turn off power at the outlet or breaker box, and then unplug the unit AGAIN before removing parts once more to rinse them under warm water. Shake off any moisture with a hand after washing the surfaces; then leave the cover on until completely dry inside, which could take up to 24 hours depending on the humidity levels where you are located and so on.

Finally! You can now reassemble your clean maker with no worries about residue build-up interfering with the smell or taste since there were no particles remaining from the previous steps! If possible, let it air dry completely. If not, you can use unclean, lint-free paper or cloth towels to thoroughly dry it. This is a must! If you don't do this after cleaning your machine, all of the vinegar will form an oily inner film (like how iron skillets turn old and rusty if they're not appropriately dried following washing).


Don't run any solution through your system, including pure tap water. Any remaining particles or residue could affect your taste's future results. Discard the initial two batches of brewed solution and carafe contents at least once a month to ensure optimal performance over time. Mixing cleaners with each other could cause damage to your system.

It is unlikely that you will have the time to follow each step. Instead, flush freshwater through your system once it has cooled entirely with no coffee grounds or vinegar. This will prevent the leftover flavors from previous brews from affecting the ones to come; however, there is no 'deep' cleaning action that only takes place when you use this method, so keep in mind!


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