BOTM Tips and Tricks: How to Clean a Coffee Maker

It’s all too easy to get lazy about cleaning your coffee maker. But think about how much it does for you: it gives you that fresh cup of steamy joe every morning, and…well, that’s probably it. Still, the least you can do is give it an occasional refresher to get rid of the hard water deposits, prevent leftover coffee oils from messing with your fresh brews, and of course, keep the machine itself running well in the long run. Good maintenance is just good sense, right? Right.

Here’s the basic rundown of how to clean a coffee maker:

  1. Fill the pot with a mixture of water and white vinegar. If it hasn’t been cleaned in a super long time, use a 1:1 ratio. If it’s just a regular tuneup, do 1:2 or even 1:4 water to vinegar.
  2. Pour the, um, less-than fragrant concoction into the tank, add a filter, and run the coffeemaker per usual.
  3. Dump the stuff. (A no-brainer but definitely worth underscoring!)
  4. Let the coffeemaker sit for 10-15 minutes, then rinse the carafe.
  5. Repeat steps 1-3 with plain water. Consider doing so twice for tough cleans. You want to make absolutely sure the vinegar washes out completely.
  6. Wash the carafe and filter basket with soap and water.
  7. Dry and enjoy your clean coffeemaker.
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