Having a clean coffee maker will ensure your coffee will taste fresh. Learn how simple it is to clean a coffee maker.
I don’t think there is much worse than waking up and looking forward to your coffee just to realize it doesn’t taste just right. Don’t panic though, you don’t need to ditch your beloved coffee maker. It is very easy to clean your coffee maker so you get that delicious flavor back.
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Why Do I Need to Clean my Coffee Maker?
Your coffee maker gets a lot of use. It is because of that use that mineral deposits build-up and oils from the coffee itself will build up as well. Hard water builds up is also a common reason your coffee maker may need to be cleaned.
What Do I Need to Clean my Coffee Maker?
Cleaning your coffee pot doesn’t take much at all. You probably already have what you need in your kitchen already. The only thing you really need is plain White Vinegar. You only need enough vinegar to fill about half of the water reservoir full.
Where to Start
Empty any leftover coffee out (if there is any left) of your carafe and rinse it out. Remove any filter and coffee grounds that may be in the pot.
Fill the reservoir half way up with white vinegar and then, fill the rest of the reservoir all the way up with water.
Run a partial brewing cycle. About halfway through the brewing cycle, shut the pot off and allow it to sit for an hour. This will allow the inside of your coffee pot to ‘soak’ and any built up residue to be released.
The End of the Cycle
After the mixture has sat for an hour, turn the coffee pot back on and allow it to finish its brewing cycle.
Clean it Out
Empty the coffee pot and fill it with enough plain water to fill the water reservoir to the max fill line. Run a full brewing cycle with the plain water and nothing else.
Do this part of the cleaning cycle at least three times to make sure the vinegar taste disappears and all of the remaining debris is clear. Just be sure to allow the pot to cool a bit between each full cycle.
Clean the Outside
Since you are cleaning the inside of the pot, take some time to clean the outside too. Use a damp cloth and gently wipe it down, wash the pot and the filter basket in hot soapy water. Dry both with a clean dry towel.
Put it Together
Now that the inside and outside of your coffee pot is clean, it is time to put your pot back together. Now it is time to enjoy an amazing cup of coffee to celebrate your accomplishments.
There is no reason to buy a new pot if your coffee doesn’t taste right take. It only takes a few minutes and cleans your coffee pot. Once your pot is clean your coffee pot will work as good as new and your coffee will be back to tasting delicious!