How To Clean Your Coffee Maker

Yup, coffee makers get dirty too. Not just the outside. Without getting in to too much detail, crap builds up inside of it in the form ofCuisinart DCC-1200 calcium and lime scale and other mineral buildup. That can lead to stank nasty coffee, slow coffee brewing, and even damage to the coffee maker by clogging up the heating elements and pump. So here’s the easy, most basic way to get your machine working like new again.

  1. Get white vinegar.
  2. Pour half vinegar half water solution into the coffee maker.
  3. Brew that up and dump it out. (Repeat if you feel like it.)
  4. Run a pot or two of clean water through the machine to get rid of the vinegar taste. (More if you feel inclined or taste vinegar in the water.)

It doesn’t get easier than that, and the few minutes it takes to clean your coffee machine will keep your coffee brewing and tasting as good as it did on day one. (Ok maybe on day two after you brewed your first pot that probably tasted like new plastic or some foreign factory.)

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2 comments to How To Clean Your Coffee Maker

  • Warren

    I ran the vinegar through twice and have run about 4 cycles of just water and also made some coffee; still tastes like vinegar. What can I do to get rid of the vinegar taste? Would running a mixture of water and baking soda do the trick?

  • Restaurants have used the lemon technique for decades! Ice, salt and lemon wedges in the coffee pot is STILL a restaurant staple cleaning method in many restaurants today. All natural and no risk of SOS pad “strings” remaining in the pot for later consumption.

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