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Cleaning Coffee Maker Using Vinegar

Updated on February 23, 2012
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Max holds a B.S. in Mass Communications from SIU and an M.A. in Communication from U of I and is pursuing an MBA from Webster University.

Introduction

The natural acidity of white vinegar coupled with the fact that it's something easy to find around a house makes it ideal for cleaning a coffee maker. White vinegar cleans gunk out of the coffee maker's lines and also helps clean crud off of the coffee pot. If the coffee maker is heavily used, try to clean it using white vinegar once per week. However, if you don't use the coffee maker regularly, try cleaning it once per month. The entire process can generally be done in less than 15 minutes.

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Remove the coffee pot from the coffee maker.Remove the coffee filter holder from the coffee maker.Fill the coffee pot two-thirds with water and one-third with white vinegar.Pour the water and white vinegar mixture into the coffee maker.Turn the coffee maker on.Let the mixture drip into the coffee pot.Turn off the coffee maker.Empty the water and white vinegar mixture from the coffee pot.Run a coffee pot of only water through the coffee maker and then let the coffee maker dry for an hour before using it again.
Remove the coffee pot from the coffee maker.
Remove the coffee pot from the coffee maker. | Source
Remove the coffee filter holder from the coffee maker.
Remove the coffee filter holder from the coffee maker. | Source
Fill the coffee pot two-thirds with water and one-third with white vinegar.
Fill the coffee pot two-thirds with water and one-third with white vinegar. | Source
Pour the water and white vinegar mixture into the coffee maker.
Pour the water and white vinegar mixture into the coffee maker. | Source
Turn the coffee maker on.
Turn the coffee maker on. | Source
Let the mixture drip into the coffee pot.
Let the mixture drip into the coffee pot. | Source
Turn off the coffee maker.
Turn off the coffee maker. | Source
Empty the water and white vinegar mixture from the coffee pot.
Empty the water and white vinegar mixture from the coffee pot. | Source
Run a coffee pot of only water through the coffee maker and then let the coffee maker dry for an hour before using it again.
Run a coffee pot of only water through the coffee maker and then let the coffee maker dry for an hour before using it again. | Source

Instructions

  1. Remove the filter holder from your coffee maker. Because there's no coffee grinds for the water to go through, you don't need the filter holder to be inserted. Also, removing the filter holder makes the process go a bit faster so you don't have to spend half an hour cleaning your coffee maker.
  2. Remove the coffee pot from the coffee maker and then fill it two-thirds to the point you would normally fill it to with water. Fill it the rest of the way to the point you'd normally fill it to with white vinegar.
  3. Pour the mixture of water and white vinegar into your coffee pot's water container.
  4. Insert the coffee pot into it's position on the base of the coffee maker and then power the coffee maker on so it runs the mixture of water and vinegar through the system and into the coffee pot.
  5. After all of the mixture of water and vinegar is in the coffee pot, turn the coffee maker off, remove the coffee pot and then empty the contents of the coffee pot into a sink.
  6. Fill the coffee pot up with water and then empty the water into the coffee pot's water container.
  7. Turn the coffee maker on and set it up so that it runs the water through the coffee maker and into the coffee pot.
  8. Turn off the coffee maker, remove the coffee pot and then empty the water in the coffee pot into a sink. Let the coffee maker dry out for an hour. After the hour passes, the coffee maker will be ready for regular use.

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