This post may contain affiliate links.

If you’re a coffee lover, chances are you find yourself making frequent trips to the kitchen to satisfy your coffee cravings. However, it’s important to consider how much grime and buildup can accumulate in your coffee maker after frequent use.

A coffee maker that’s not cleaned regularly can affect both the taste of your coffee and the lifespan of the machine. The buildup of minerals and grime can compromise the bold flavor of your coffee and slow down the brewing process. In fact, a coffee maker can harbor bacteria, germs, and mineral deposits.

To keep your coffee tasting great and your machine running smoothly, here’s a simple method for cleaning your coffee maker using vinegar.

coffee maker mr coffee 1024x768 e1718131558344
Image Credit: Homestead How-To

Supplies Needed

  • White Vinegar
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dish Soap
  • Dish Cloth or Rag
  • Sponge
  • Coffee Filter

Step 1 – Clean the Coffee Maker Parts

The first step is to remove any coffee grounds and old coffee left behind from your last brew of coffee. Take apart the removable parts of the coffee maker, including the brew basket and coffee pot.

Wipe down the surfaces of the coffee machine with a damp cloth or wet paper towel and vinegar, including the sides, in the areas where the coffee pot sits, the filter area, and the spout. Take your time to meticulously clean these areas to remove any form of dirt or coffee buildup that may be visibly present on their surfaces. 

wiping down coffee maker 768x1024 e1718131591770
Image Credit: Homestead How-To

Step 2 – Wash the Filter Basket and Coffee Pot

Wash the coffee pot and filter basket with hot, soapy water and a sponge. This will remove coffee stains and dirt buildup. Pat them dry with a paper towel or dishcloth. Put all the parts back in place except for the coffee pot. 

washing coffee pot 2 1024x768 e1718131693691
Image Credit: Homestead How-To

Step 3 – Add Vinegar

Fill the coffee pot with three cups of vinegar and one cup of water. You can easily measure the amount of vinegar using the coffee pot’s measurement line. Your goal is to fill the coffee pot a third of the way.

filling coffee pot 1 768x1024 e1718131684946
Image Credit: Homestead How-To

Step 4 – Add Coffee Filter

Place an empty paper filter into the coffee maker’s basket.

empty coffee filter 1024x768 e1718131673152
Image Credit: Homestead How-To

Step 5 – Fill the Water Reservoir

Begin to pour the water and vinegar solution into the coffee machine’s water reservoir as if you were making a pot of coffee. As you pour, you will hear the coffee maker making its usual sound when it is ready to brew.

Then, turn the spout and run a brewing cycle.

filling coffee pot 768x1024 e1718131664574
Image Credit: Homestead How-To

Step 6 – Filter the vinegar solution

As the coffee machine brews, you will begin to see light brown-colored filtered water filling the pot. This water proves that the cleaning solution is doing its job. Allow it to brew halfway, then pause it and let it sit for 15-30 minutes.

coffee filter 1024x768 e1718131650353
Image Credit: Homestead How-To

The half-brew cycle should help clean and disinfect the coffee machine’s interior and give the vinegar enough time to break down bacteria and mineral deposit buildup. 

Once the time has passed, let the coffee machine finish its brew.

Step 7 – Run another brew cycle

Run another brewing cycle with fresh water to remove the vinegar residue, taste, and smell. This will flush out the remaining vinegar and bring it back to a place where it can be used again. 

This simple brewing process with vinegar should be all you need to deep clean your coffee maker.

Why use vinegar to clean your coffee maker? 

Vinegar is a very powerful cleaning agent. It is safe, non-toxic, and chemical-free, making it the perfect cleaning solution for households that prefer a more organic cleaning approach.

With its high acidity and ability to kill germs and disinfect, it is the perfect cleaning agent for the coffee maker to help cut through some of the deepest stains, mineral deposit buildup, and bacteria.

Since vinegar is readily available in most households, it makes the perfect cleaner for a coffee machine, microwave, and other kitchen appliances. This natural cleaning solution is strong enough to kill any form of bacteria that may form in your coffee maker. 

Signs that Your Coffee Machine Needs Cleaning

There are a few signs to pay attention to determine when your coffee machine needs cleaning. Signs include:

  • Visible dirt and residue  – when you see coffee residue and dirt on the machine, it is a clear sign that it should be cleaned. 
  • Slow to brew – If your drip coffee maker is brewing slower than usual, it is likely due to a clog or blockage caused by dirt or debris. 
  • An unusual smell is coming from the coffee maker.
  • Half-way brew – If the coffee pot only fills halfway, even though you made an entire pot of coffee.
  • Coffee grounds are present in your cup of coffee. 
  • There’s a not-so-great distinctive coffee taste to your usual cup of coffee. 
  • A stained coffee pot indicates that the coffee machine should be cleaned.
  • Excessive steam or spattering inside your coffee maker could indicate a clogged spout or water lines requiring cleaning.

How often should I clean my coffee maker?

If you use your coffee maker daily and want to prevent bacteria, mold, and mineral buildup, it is recommended that you clean it at least once a month.

The coffee pot should be rinsed with water after every use.  

Other homemade products you might like:

Similar Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *