If you’re a coffee drinker like us but new to making your own, you may be wondering how to clean a coffee maker. With tons of different methods from a cup baking soda or a vinegar solution and products out there to use, it may seem overwhelming choosing the right one. Don’t worry, in this article we will make it much easier for you as we go over three different cleaning methods for cleaning your coffee machine. It will make your cup of coffee taste better.
Knowing how to clean a coffee system will save you time and effort, especially if you are a frequent coffee drinker. Whether you use a Keurig, Breville, Ninja, Bunn, or just any classic coffee maker, this tutorial will tell you three different ways to clean your machines.
When it comes to cleaning your coffee pot, there are many different cleaners out there. Depending on preference, there is much to consider when choosing which is right for you. Here is a list of some of the best cleaners for you depending on your budget, contents, and type you are looking for.
Descaling Method to Clean a Coffee Maker
Descaling eliminates calcium, magnesium, and other minerals in your coffee system from home water, including limescale. The descaling process may consist of cleaning your machine via vinegar or specialized descaling tablets.
Check below for how to descale your coffee maker!
Vinegar & Alternative Method
The most common method for cleaning your coffee machine is by using vinegar. This includes the descaling method as well. By combining vinegar and water, it creates a simple cleaning solution in which we will speak about in our how-to guide below.
Though, not everyone would like to or can use a vinegar mixture. An alternative method to using vinegar is cleaning your coffee maker with baking soda and water. Check out the steps below!
Stain Removal with Baking Soda
Just a little baking soda is required to remove coffee stains. Add a small enough amount to discolored dishwater or a cup, then add sufficient water to form a paste, and scrub. The gentle abrasion of the baking soda will get rid of stains within a few minutes. Then, just rinse and wash normally.
Way to Clean A Coffee System
Whether you need to descale your machine, or if you need to simply run your coffee machine through a quick cleaning cycle, here are the easiest ways for knowing how to clean a coffee maker.
These are the basic steps for How to Clean a Coffee Maker. Refer to the full, printable how-to card below for detailed instructions.
Fill the reservoir on your machine to max using half water and half white distilled vinegar.
Run a brew or a cleaning cycle (depending on your machine abilities) and then empty the carafe.
Using fresh, cool water only, go through 2-3 more brewing/cleaning cycles.
Just like how you would when descaling, mix equal parts water and white distilled vinegar and fill your machine’s reservoir. Lemon juice will work as well.
Run your machine through a drip cycle, and once completed run through two rinse cycles with just water.
Use Baking Soda to Clean Coffee Maker and Coffee Pot
Mix a cup of warm water with 1/4 cup of baking soda
Run this baking soda solution through one single cycle in your machine to keep your coffee machine like new.
Once completed, flush the coffee system by running brew cycle with hot clean water, rinse the coffee pot until the water runs clear again.
How to Clean My Coffee Maker FAQs
Expert Tips for Cleaning a Coffee Pot and Coffee Machine
- Tip 1: It is okay to run your machine through multiple cycles with water after first cleaning with vinegar or baking soda. Run through as many cycles as you need so that there is no funky taste or residue left behind.
- Tip 2: You don’t need to clean your machine very often. Every few months will suffice if you clean it and remove all buildup. Though, if you notice a weird taste to your coffee it is okay to do it more often.
- Tip 3: There are a few alternatives to using vinegar to clean your machine. Whether this be baking soda or a store bought cleanser, it is all dependent on personal preference and there is no incorrect way.
More Cleaning Resources to Clean Coffee Maker
If you’re looking to clean more products, such as grills, check out How to Clean a Blackstone Griddle. If you want to know more about cleaning coffee makers, Keurig explains it all. Chocolate Salted Caramel Iced Coffee is one our most popular coffee recipes.