There are various different coffee makers in today’s market and each coffee machine has their own style and methods for cleaning. In this article will take a look at how to clean a standard, common, drip coffee maker. At some point you will have to give even the best coffee maker a clean as mineral deposits from water as well as coffee residue will build up over time. When your morning cup of Joe starts to takes like a sweaty foot it time to clean the machine.
Dirt and coffee residue can build up in your drip coffee machine after a couple of months and when you start to see this build up it best to jump on it and give your coffee maker a clean. If left it can not only cause damage, but it can also impair your brewer’s drip operation and it will be a lot harder to remove, so it’s always best to keep on top of your coffee maker cleaning so you can enjoy a fresh cup of coffee every time.
Cleaning your coffee maker is relatively easy and in most cases this can be done with ingredients found in your kitchen cupboards. However, you can find chemical coffee maker cleaners that have been specially formulated but these are often expensive and are not usually required. So what is the cleaning solution you can find in your kitchen cupboards? Good old Vinegar. Using a vinegar and water solution is by far to cheapest why to clean your coffee machine, just follow these simple steps to quickly cleaning your coffee maker.
8 Steps to Clean a Coffee Maker
- Firstly you need to make sure your coffee maker is empty, rinse the carafe well and also ensure that the coffee filter basket is empty and set. Also remove the water filter and permanent filter (if you coffee maker has these).
- Now open up your coffee maker water reservoir and fill it with equal parts of a water and white vinegar solution.
- Now simply turn on your machine and run it through a drip cycle.
- Once the drip cycle is complete turn off your coffee maker and leave the vinegar and water solution to sit inside the carafe for a few minutes. By doing this you will be able to remove those stubborn stains and residue buildup.
- Now drain and discard the vinegar cleaning solution.
- Once drained you need to run at least two drip cycles of clean water through your machine (allow your coffee brewer to cool down between cycles) this will remove any lingering leftover vinegar residue.
- Whilst you are waiting for this to complete give your machine a good wipe down on the exterior using hot soapy water (a change of water filter is also a good idea if applicable) and you can also soak your coffee jug in soapy warm water.
- That’s it your all done (that was easy right?) Your coffee maker is clean and back in operation your coffee should taste much better.
How Often Should You Clean Your Coffee Maker?
If you tend to fill the water reservoir of your coffee maker from a rinsed carafe (not properly washed) residue, dirt and grime will build up far more quickly. If you are guilty of this, a monthly cleaning regime is highly recommended. At the very least, a good cleaning every three months is advisable or you may need to buy a new coffee maker soon than you think.
Vinegar Cleaning Alternatives
If you’re not a fan of the smell of vinegar don’t fret you can use a chemical cleaner instead. There are many different types of coffee maker cleaners in the market that contain chemicals like amidosulfonic acid, amidosulfuric acid, aminosulfonic acid, and sulfamidic acid.
A good one is Dip-It Automatic Drip Coffeemaker Cleaner. This is available in liquid form and works just as well as vinegar but without the smell. There are also powder cleaners for your coffee maker a good one is Mr. Coffee Coffeemaker Cleaner. With the powder you just mix with water as directed and run the cleaning solution though your coffee maker in the same way as when brewing coffee. We strongly recommend just using good old household vinegar, not only is it cheap but it is green and echo friendly too!