How to clean and descale your coffee maker

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Michael Foster
July 09, 2024
Home appliances
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You trust your coffee maker to provide flavorful coffee for you and your visitors. However, over time, the appliance's internal minerals can accumulate and impair taste, brewing time, and the machine's general performance. For this reason, it's crucial to clean your coffee maker regularly. Thankfully, it doesn't take much; all you need is some white vinegar or coffee maker cleaning tablets, some water, and a few minutes of your time.

How to clean a drip coffee maker

What You'll Need:
  • Mild soap
  • Warm water
  • Soft cloth
  • Dishwasher
1. Clean the exterior of your drip coffee machine: In order to get rid of coffee splashes and residue, wipe the showerhead every day. Avoid immersing your drip coffee maker in water.
2. Wash your hands in warm, soapy water: To find out which components of your coffee maker should be hand-washed, consult your owner's manual. The majority of the removable components, such as the lid, filter basket, reusable filter, and occasionally the water reservoir, are normally included in this. Give these things a short washing in warm water if you can't wash them straight away, then let them air dry.
3. Make your dishwasher clean: Dishwasher safe on the top rack for some components. Simply putting them in the top rack of your dishwasher for a more thorough washing approximately once a week can save you some time and manual labor.
4. Dry compartments out in the open: To assist the machine in drying up in between uses, leave the reservoir lid and filter basket open. By lowering the quantity of moisture trapped inside, this can aid in preventing the formation of bacteria.

How to descale a coffee maker

What You'll Need:
  • Water
  • Distilled white vinegar
  1. Make sure the carafe is clean and empty, and that the grounds have been removed from the chamber before emptying your coffee maker.
  2. Fill the carafe with equal parts water and white vinegar to create the cleaning solution.
  3. Fill the water chamber all the way to the top by pouring it in.
  4. Start a brew cycle by running half of it. Turn off the coffee maker halfway through the brewing process and leave it alone for an hour.
  5. Turn on the coffee machine and let the brew cycle complete after an hour has passed.
  6. Rinse the carafe by draining the vinegar-water mixture from it.
  7. Run a water cycle by placing only water in the chamber and starting the machine. Repeat the process twice, letting your coffee machine cool a bit in between brews. Any vinegar flavor or odor left over after this will be eliminated.
Enjoy your favorite brew's rich scent without any lingering bitterness with a freshly cleaned and descaled coffee maker. Accept the straightforward but crucial upkeep of your cherished device to ensure it keeps brewing the ideal cup of coffee daily. May you wake up each morning to the wonderful satisfaction of a coffee maker that is ready to travel with you on your daily caffeine excursion.