How to Clean Your Coffee Maker

Most of us just rinse our coffee pots out in the morning before making a new batch. But this can affect the taste of your coffee- adding extra bitterness to every cup that you brew.  Today, we’ll take you through the steps to properly clean your coffee maker, thereby improving your everyday cup o’ joe.

But first, you may be wondering why it is so important to clean the basket and coffee pot with soap on a daily basis (Besides hygiene, of course!).

The answer has to do with the oils given off by coffee beans. Oil, as everyone who has ever cleaned a stove knows, does not come out with water. You need an emulsifier to break up the oil molecules- and that’s where soap comes in. It is important to clean the basket of your coffee maker as well as the pot with soap, in order to remove coffee oil residues that can mess up the taste of your coffee.


That being said, it is also important to give your coffee maker a thorough cleaning at least once a month. In addition to oil build up, hard water will also leave behind minerals and white residue. A daily rinse with soap will help, but to keep your coffee pot at peak efficiency you need the monthly cleaning as well.

We’ll start, as is so often the case, with white vinegar.


1. Mix a solution of 1 part water to 2 parts vinegar, making enough to completely fill your coffee pot.*

2. Add the water as you normally would. Make sure that you add a coffee filter, if you don’t have a reusable basket.

3. Run the coffee maker as if you were making a pot of coffee.

4. Discard the used filter and the vinegar solution.

5. Let the coffee pot stand for about 20 minutes, or until cool. This step is very important! If you add cold water to the pot while it is still hot, you can crack the glass and ruin your coffee maker.

6. Now, fill the coffee pot (to full!) with cold water, and run that through the machine. This will clean it of any lingering vinegar solution.


Do you have any tricks for preparing the perfect cup of coffee? Or for cleaning those troublesome home appliances? Let us know in the comments. We’d love to hear what you think!


*If you don’t want to use vinegar, there are also special coffee cleaners that they sell in stores.


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