How to Clean a Coffee Maker
Cleaning a coffee maker is very simple but it is also very important. Your coffee maker can become pretty nasty if you don’t wash it once in a while and residual oils from past coffee brewing and hard water deposits that might be left behind can have a pretty significant impact on the way your coffee tastes. Some people recommend cleaning your coffee maker once per month and some will say every two or three months so if it has been that long (or longer) then follow these tips on how to clean a coffee maker.
Steps To Clean a Coffee Maker
The first thing you should do is separate any parts that can be removed. Take these parts and wash them with warm soapy water just as you would if you were washing your dishes. You can also wipe down your coffee maker with a damp rag or sponge to clean up any dust or debris. To get to all of the inner workings of the coffee maker there are some products on the market that you can buy but you can use a mixture of water and vinegar just as easily and it will be a whole lot less expensive.
One thing you do not want to do is put soap or detergent into your coffee maker and then run it. This will just result in a very sudsy mess that will be a pain to clean up. You’ll want to use a mild acid like vinegar and the ratio of vinegar to water varies depending on who you ask. Some people say half vinegar and half water and other people will say four parts water to one part vinegar. A 4 to 1 ratio is probably good for maintenance but if your coffee maker hasn’t been cleaned for a while and is getting a bit disgusting you might want to use a stronger solution with more vinegar and less water.
Start by adding vinegar to the reservoir where you would normally put water in when you make a pot of coffee. Fill it up 1/4, 1/3 or half way depending on how strong you want your cleaning solution to be and fill it up the rest of the way with water. Next, simply turn your coffee maker on and let it run. When your coffee maker is done running let it cool for 10 minutes and then let the water and vinegar mixture run through your coffee maker again. After you have run a water and vinegar mixture through your coffee maker a couple of times you’ll want to run a couple of cycles with just water to flush out any remaining vinegar.
That’s all it takes really, now you know how to clean a coffee maker. Do that once every couple of months and your coffee maker will look good and more importantly your coffee will taste great.