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How to Clean Coffee Maker with Vinegar?

Jun 20

How Do you Clean your Coffee Maker with Vinegar?

Many homes are dependent on coffee makers. Everyone needs a coffee maker to get their morning cup of joe to start their day on the right foot. After a while, your coffee maker becomes dirty and grimy. This is the time to replace it! But there's an easy method of cleaning your coffee maker using vinegar instead of replacing it entirely. Continue reading this blog article if you would like to learn how!

What proportion of vinegar to water is used to clean a coffee maker?

What you require:



An unclean cloth or paper towels


A small bowl

  • What to do: Step by Step
    Add equal amounts of vinegar and water to the coffee pot. Switch on the machine and let it brew the mixture. Shut off the machine, and discard this solution (don't pour it down the sink unless you're sure the pipes can handle vinegar). Unplug the appliance and turn off power at the outlet.
  • Use a paper towel or a clean cloth to wipe the interior of the carafe. If there are minerals, add coarse salt into the pot. Add 1 cup of water into the reservoir. This is followed by two cups of white vinegar distilled in white.
  • As usual, run the entire cycle with just water and not ground beans. You should throw out the brewing solution in both batches for the best results when they're done.
  • Repeat steps three times until all traces of residue are removed from the system. This will ensure maximum flavor even after several usages without dealing. When ready to make the next cup of coffee, clean thoroughly using warm water.
  • Store the vinegar mixture in separate containers for later use, if you want to, instead of pouring it down the sink. Put fresh water in the reservoir, and run the brew cycle a second time to eliminate any remaining vinegar that might remain.

Tips: It is important to note that washing a coffee maker using vinegar can take time. When the brewing cycle is been completed, wash the machine with the 50/50 mix of tap water that is cold and distilled (or filtering) white vinegar. Let it sit overnight before rerunning the brewing cycle without pods or filter baskets inside the brewer to get the best results. When making the next pot, wash thoroughly. To keep drips off of countertops, keep the coaster in your carafe.

After that, your coffeemaker should look sparkling clean and new. If, for whatever reason, it didn't work to get rid of the stains in your machine, then try an exclusive cleaner specifically designed to remove stains.

Tips for cleaning coffee makers

If you've got your coffee maker in place, fill the tank with half an inch of regular white vinegar. After that, plug in and start the machine as usual. The machine will make a brew with vinegar, not coffee. Allow it to run its process until it is finished making a cup. The next step is cleaning. Switch off the power to stop the process from continuing for now, then unplug it! Do not take any of the parts as of yet, but take this opportunity to wipe down where particles could be lurking around specific areas while they are still wet, these include carafes, drip trays, and decanters in carafes, etc. If you can wash all parts with warm water. Use a damp cloth to clean them until they sparkle and are free of dirt or dust.

To clean the coffee maker's inner workings, take off the cover. This part has to move parts. Be extra cautious when working with this area! Use an old toothbrush mixed with water and rubbing alcohol to remove any leftovers gently. Rinse thoroughly under the warm water again. Let all components, including the covering mechanism, completely dry before rebuilding.

Now carefully fill up white vinegar once and without coffee grounds added to the machine. Securely screw the top back on and plug it into the machine to brew another vinegar cycle. Once this step is complete, turn off power at the outlet or breaker box, and then disconnect the unit once more before taking out components once more for the final rinse in warm running water. After rinsing off the water altogether, remove any moisture that remains. Cover up and let dry for a minimum of 24 hours based on where you live.

Finally! It is now possible to reassemble the machine you cleaned up without worrying about residue from the earlier steps. Dry the air when possible, or use a clean, lint-free cloth or paper towels to completely dry it before starting the new coffee maker using fresh water only (no coffee ground). This is a crucial step! If you do not take this action after cleaning your equipment, all the vinegar will form a film on the inside (like how iron skillets can become old and rusty if they're not appropriately dried following washing).


Don't run any solution in your system, even simple tap water. Any residue or particles that remain could affect the results in the future. Get rid of the first two batches of brewed solution and the carafe contents once per month to ensure the best overall performance over time. Do NOT mix cleaner solutions in a row, as it could cause harm to your system.

If you do not have the time to complete the steps above, you can also just run a cycle of freshwater through your system after it has completely cooled without coffee grounds or vinegar present. This will help prevent residual flavors from previous brews from affecting the next ones, but the actual cleaning action only takes place using this method, so make sure you are aware!


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