How to Clean Coffee Maker?

crteam January 5, 2021 Cleaning Tips , Do It Yourself
Coffee Maker

A bad day with coffee is better than a good day without it, but how about starting your day with a bad cup of coffee??? 

So how did or does your coffee taste today? If it tastes bitter or unusual, despite preparing it the way you always do, then your coffee maker could be the reason. The build up residue of coffee can affect the taste of your coffee. Bitter-tasting brew is the early signs of a dirty coffee maker. That is why, you need to clean your machine first. 

According to a survey, 50% of coffee maker machines at home contain yeast, bacteria which is more unhygienic and germy than a bathroom tap handle. 

Feels yucky, isn’t it?

For a great cup of coffee and of course healthy too, regular cleaning of coffee maker is a must.  You don’t need to do a deep cleaning every day. Once in a month or 2 months is enough. But after everyday use of the coffee maker, make it a habit to clean the removable parts. This will help in removing the residue of coffee, grinds, and oil. 

How to clean coffee maker regularly? 

Be honest, do you clean your coffee maker after every use? Surely, the majority of the answers would be no as it is often looked upon as an irksome task. Actually, it’s quite easy. After each use, you can clean the coffee pot with just liquid dishwashing soap and hot water. 

The step-by-step process for how to clean a coffee pot 

  • First, you need to disassemble your coffee maker (removable parts) as per the manufacturer’s instructions 
  • Mix some dish soap and water and create soapy water. Use a sponge and scrub gently the parts
  • Make sure all the residue is washed out
  • Flush all the parts carefully with hot water
  • Before reassembling the parts, make sure to dry every part thoroughly or else moisture can build-up
  • You can wipe the parts with a soft cloth and set them to dry

How to clean a coffee maker with vinegar (monthly)?

The good old household cleaning agent, vinegar is an effective ingredient for cleaning coffee makers. However, before using it, we advise you to check the manufacturer’s instructions to know if it is safe to clean with vinegar. 

Vinegar sanitizes the coffee machine as well as removes the calcium mineral buildup.

Instructions for cleaning coffee pot with white vinegar

  • To start cleaning the coffee maker, you need to first fill the reservoir, half with white vinegar and half with water
  • Now take a paper filter and position it in the empty basket and start brewing by turning the brewer on
  • Let the solution brew and then turn it off
  • Allow the vinegar solution to soak for about 30 to 60 minutes
  • Again turn the coffee maker on and complete the brewing process
  • Remove the filter and pour all the solution of vinegar and water 
  • Put a new paper filter and rinse and clean the coffee pot again by filling it with clean water. Repeat the brewing process.
  • Later, wipe the coffee maker with a clean cloth and let it dry 

Rice for the sparkling coffee pot 

Do you have a glass coffee pot? Sure it would become dull after several uses. Glass pots can easily appear dirty. The secret ingredient behind keeping a glass coffee pot fresh and sparkling is rice. Yes, little rice can work wonders and make your glass coffee pot look new again. 

How to clean the glass coffee pot?

  • Mix liquid dishwashing soap with warm water and fill it in the pot with little bit of rice
  • Swirl the mixture thoroughly to loosen the gunk and grime
  • To remove the debris, you can use a scrub sponge 
  • Rinse thoroughly with clean water 

That’s it! Your carafe will sparkle and shine again like before. 

How to remove stains from stainless steel coffee pots?

Are you struggling to remove coffee stains from the stainless coffee pot? Don’t worry, we have an effective DIY solution. Here is what you can do.

  • Put 1 tablespoon of baking soda in your coffee pot carafe and fill the rest with boiling water 
  • Let the solution settle overnight
  • The next day, thoroughly rinse the pot with clean water
  • In case if the stains are stubborn, you can blend 2 tablespoons of baking soda with a half cup of hydrogen peroxide, pour it into the pot and fill the rest with boiling water 
  • Let this solution to set for at least 2 to 3 hours  
  • The stains will vanish and the pot will be ready to use

Time to shine your french press coffee maker 

French press coffee may taste awesome but cleaning it may seem like a lengthy process. But still cleaning is essential. Here is how you can make your french press coffee maker shine again.

  • First, you need to remove the plunger from your coffee maker
  • Take some warm water and fill the coffee maker 
  • Loosen the coffee residue by swirling the water
  • The mesh strainer, hold it over the kitchen sink, pour the water and let it drain in the sink
  • For instant daily cleaning, you can mix little dishwashing liquid soap with some warm water, create a foam and with the help of the brush, scrub the oil and coffee stains
  • If the stains are stubborn or if the coffee maker needs a deep cleaning, sprinkle a bit of baking soda and then scrub it with a brush
  • Thoroughly rinse the coffee maker with clean water to remove all the soap and baking soda
  • Dry well with a clean cloth  

Clean the accessories 

It is not just the coffee maker, even the accessories such as grinders and tools need to be cleaned after every use. Just hot water will do to clean the parts. Rinse the accessories with water and dry them well with a clean towel. If you still find some coffee residue, you can just take a damp cloth and quickly wipe for a quick clean. 

These tips are also useful for cleaning travel mugs. 

Clean coffee maker ensures you brew rich and mesmerizing coffee, every time. So keep your coffee maker fresh and stay caffeinated.