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9 Steps to Clean a Coffee Maker

Updated on August 19, 2012

How to Clean a Coffee Maker

Let's face it, we live in a dirty world. Dirt, dust, molds, bacteria...You name it, and it's out there. What's worse is that it's lurking in one of the most treasured, hallowed places on earth: Your Coffee Maker!

Test your coffee maker. Pour a clean pot of water into the reservoir of your coffee maker and 'brew' it.

Now, taste the water. Does it taste like water? Or does it have a strange, 'dirty', old coffee flavor to it?

Ok, so you know your coffee maker is dirty. How do you clean a coffee maker?

Here's a quick and inexpensive way to clean a coffee maker with what you already have (most likely) on-hand: vinegar, soap and water.

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Nine Steps to Clean a Coffee Maker

  1. Fill your coffee pot with 1 part vinegar and 3 parts water
  2. Pour the mixture into your coffee maker's reservoir and 'brew' the mixture
  3. When the brewing is finished, let your coffee maker cool for 10 minutes
  4. For coffee makers that are exceptionally dirty (you know who you are), repeat steps 2 and 3
  5. Discard the vinegar mixture
  6. Now, 'brew' two full pots of clean water letting the coffee maker cool for 10 minutes between
  7. Wash the coffee pot with dish soap
  8. Wash the filter basket (the basket comes out of some coffee makers making it easier to clean)
  9. Finally, clean the outside of the coffee maker

There you have it: Nine Steps to Clean a Coffee Maker and better tasting coffee.

Now, celebrate! Brew a pot of coffee.

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Bodum Chambord Coffee Press

Bodum Chambord French Press Coffee Maker, 17 Ounce, .5 Liter, (4 Cup), Chrome
Bodum Chambord French Press Coffee Maker, 17 Ounce, .5 Liter, (4 Cup), Chrome

Bodum 1924-16 Chambord French Press Coffee Maker with Metal Lid. 4 cup (2 US cup)


Cuisinart DCC-1200 12-Cup Brew Central Coffee Maker

Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central 12 Cup Programmable Coffeemaker, Black/Silver
Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central 12 Cup Programmable Coffeemaker, Black/Silver

The Cuisinart automatic 12-cup coffee maker uses the same brewing system found in commercial coffee makers so you can be assured of getting a truly satisfying cup of coffee. With its 12-cup capacity, you can bet the other 11 cups are going to be equally tasty. Easy to clean Gold Filter with easy swing-out basket Brew Pause Color.


Black & Decker DCM2500-PT 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker

Black & Decker DCM2500B SmartBrew Coffeemaker, White
Black & Decker DCM2500B SmartBrew Coffeemaker, White

This is one programmable coffee maker that's actually very easy to program. The touch-pad buttons are intuitive, and the printed directions clear, so there's no excuse for not waking up to the aroma of a freshly brewed pot of java. To prepare for making a pot at any hour, the lid lifts up (hinges in rear), exposing the brew basket: add a flat-bottomed paper filter and the ground coffee of your choice. There's ample pour space for water, the level of which you can view through a convenient window on either side. Simply close the lid and push the On button. Auto/On and the clock buttons set the time for delayed start.


AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker

AeroPress Coffee Maker
AeroPress Coffee Maker

Forget the bitter, acidic coffee you're used to drinking from a standard coffee press The AeroPress from Aerobie takes only 30 seconds, but makes the smoothest, best-tasting coffee that Sunset Magazine, Vogue Magazine, Cooks Junction, and you, have ever tasted. The grounds are totally immersed in the water resulting in rapid yet robust extraction of flavor. Total immersion permits extraction at a moderate temperature, resulting in a smoother brew. Air pressure shortens filtering time to 20 seconds. This avoids the bitterness of long processes such as drip brewing. Laboratory pH testing measured Aeropress brew's acid as less than one fifth that of a regular drip brew Microfilter, which prevents the gritty texture of French-press methods. Makes 1 to 4 cups (1 or 2 mugs) of coffee or espresso.


Keurig B60 Special Edition Gourmet Single-Cup Home-Brewing System

Keurig B60 Special Edition Brewing System
Keurig B60 Special Edition Brewing System

Keurig Special Edition B-60 is a perfect appliance for making single cups of hot beverages. It's so simple and easy! No Grinding, No Clean Up and No Hassle! It uses pre-measured portions called a K-Cup and K-Cups are available with many different kinds of coffee, tea, or cocoa. The Keurig Special Edition B60 also includes a generous 48 oz. removable water reservoir and gives you a choice of 3 different cup sizes, including a 9.25 ounce serving for a travel cup.


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      6 years ago

      Coffee makers need to be cleaned regularly to remove hard water deposits (scale), leftover coffee oils that become rancid, and other impurities. I enjoyed reading the steps that has been illustrated here. These are valuable. Thanks!

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    • MyFairLadyah2 profile image


      7 years ago

      yes, in the morning i need my joe

      so, i'll give your cleaning recipe a go

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      Tonie Cook 

      8 years ago from USA

      You've just reminded me of a chore that is long overdue. Great 'how to' lens for the coffee maker.

    • HorseAndPony LM profile image

      HorseAndPony LM 

      8 years ago

      Yes! Yikes, I cringed at number 4 (For coffee makers that are exceptionally dirty (you know who you are), repeat steps 2 and 3). I think I will clean my coffee pot today or maybe tomorrow. :) Thanks for the tips!!!

    • spritequeen lm profile image

      spritequeen lm 

      8 years ago

      Hello, my name is spritequeen, and I'm a coffee-aholic, too! Nice to meet a like-minded individual! LOL Great lens! Thanks for sharing!

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      Ruth Coffee 

      8 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      Hubby is the coffee drinker in my house and he doesn't let me near that thing. I'll have to forward this to him!

    • piedromolinero profile image


      8 years ago

      That's the way how to clean a coffee maker to enjoy each cup of fresh brewed coffee again. Thumbs up.

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      8 years ago

      I just found your lens. I like it a lot. Thanks for building it. Gave you a thumbs up.

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      8 years ago

      Okay, I've spent hundreds of dollars on different coffee makers over the past two years... I've tried pod brewers (too strong), Mr. Coffee's (horrible taste), old fashioned percolaters and more. I wanted something fast, easy to use with a big enough cup for my morning coffee. This fits the bill perfectly. It comes with a 15 ounce travel mug with a tight lid that doesn't allow leaking when I'm at the computer. It's very easy to clean and after a few weeks of use I don't get any "silt" at the bottom of the cup as another reviewer complained. The permanent filter works for me and this brews a great cup of coffee from all types of grounds.

    • WindyWintersHubs profile image


      9 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Great Tips! I can't find my instructions so these tips will come in very handy. Thank you. Off to clean my coffee pot. Have a Happy Thanksgiving! :)

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      10 years ago

      Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

    • GypsyLyric LM profile image

      GypsyLyric LM 

      10 years ago

      This is how I've always cleaned my coffee pots - thanks for the affirmation. And, I'm not addicted, I just really really really enjoy coffee. Love the lens.

    • confetta lm profile image

      Confetta Ras 

      10 years ago



      I tossed my old maker cuz I didn't know how to clean it?

      Awful, innit?

      Great & USEFUL Lens!

    • delia-delia profile image


      10 years ago

      wow I need this...we have hard water and it makes our coffemaker run slow...will use the formula before throwing the coffemaker out... 5*s


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