How to Efficiently Clean Coffee Makers

I set myself in a course to find the most efficient way to clean my drip coffee maker. I was certain that with the advancement of technology I would find the most modern method available in the market.  After a few hours of letting my fingers do the clicking, I was amazed to find that distilled vinegar is the hero of the hour, although there are a couple of alternatives, but vinegar is the number one choice. I also found that there is a conflict among the recipes regarding the proper portion of vinegar to be added to the water and the frequency of the cleaning. Yet which ever portion or frequency you choose will show definite results.

How to Clean Coffee Makers

I know the suspense is killing you right? When was the last time you thoroughly cleaned your coffee maker?  Everyone knows to wash the pot, but do they know that the internal and other components are also to be maintained?  A clean coffee maker makes a difference between a good and a bad cup of coffee.

Maintaining your coffee maker is like “Spring” cleaning all parts are clean at the same time, carafe, filter basket, and reservoir. The suggested frequency for clean varies from once a week to eight weeks, on the other hand, these are general rules. My personal suggestion is to first take into consideration how often you use your coffee maker, if you leave the coffee siting for long hours and so on, then choose the frequency of the spring cleaning; weekly, monthly, every six to eight weeks, you are the better judge. But, if your coffee maker is in heavy use the best solution would be to clean your coffee maker monthly and use the marble method (see tips). Changing the marble once a week is a plus to ensure efficiency. Also, according to various recipes you can use equal parts of white vinegar and water, or 1 part vinegar and 3 parts water. Again, my suggestion is that you decide based in the shape of your equipment.


1 – Avoid using steel wool or other harsh abrasives, including the rough side of a sponge pad, on glass carafe unless necessary.

2 – To clean and remove coffee heavy burn stain from the bottom of the carafe, toss a handful of ice cubes and a couple of tablespoons of rock or regular table salt into the carafe. Swish vigorously for a few minute, then rinse well. I learned this during my bar- tending experience years ago.

3 – Vinegar can be substituted with 5 or more Alka-Seltzer tablets, or ¼ of a cup of baking soda, or the juice of a large lemon.

4 – Stainless-steel carafe, can be cleaned by fill it with hot water mixed with 2 or 3 tablespoons of dishwasher detergent, let it sit for a few hours or overnight, then use the rough side of the sponge to scrub it.

5 – Coffee or tea stains can be removed from carafe, cup, or mugs by filling them with 1/3 of Clorox and 2/3 of water let it sit for few minutes, then wash with soap and rinse it well.

6 – To remove strong vinegar smell, fill the container with water and add ¼ cup baking, let it sit for half hour, then rinse it and wash with detergent.

7 – To avoid build up stain wash the carafe with detergent as soon as it is empty.

8 – Place a marble into the water reservoir of your coffeemaker the minerals and other deposits will cling to, thus slowing down the buildup in the reservoir walls.  Remove and wash, and replace the marble, once a week for heavy use and once a month otherwise.

9 – You can buy Actived Descaling Cleaner for coffee pot and reservoir designed specifically to lift away scale and stains, it works with glass, plastic, or stainless steel containers.


Ingredients: Water, Distilled white vinegar, detergent, sponge, and air to dry with.

  • Choose the amount of “equal parts of white vinegar and water”, or “1 part vinegar and 3 parts water” according to your particular need.
  • Wait for the brewed mixture to cool and repeat the procedure, once done dump the mixture.
  • Fill the reservoir with tap water and run through the brewing cycle , then repeat the procedure 1 more time.
  • If your coffee maker has permanent filter, wash the filter out thoroughly and then soak it in an equivalent water vinegar solution while waiting for the main procedure to be completed.
  • Wash the carafe and the other parts with detergent, rinse well and allow to dry.
  • If vinegar smell remains in reservoir, fill the same with tap water, add 1 teaspoon of baking soda and run the brewing cycle one more time.
  • Pour the mixture into the water reservoir of the coffee maker. Turn the coffee maker on and let it run through a brewing cycle,

Ah! Now, for the grand finally I want to give you a tip on how to effectively clean the popular, the one and only Espresso Machine!

I found that Cafiza Espresso Machine Cleaning Tablets are specifically designed for use on a wide-range of super automatic espresso machines.  This product meets the demands of a wide range of commercial and domestic fully automatic espresso machines. This Espresso Machine Cleaning Tablets are NSF certified for metal compatibility and safety, they also offer flexibility to operators with traditional espresso machines, as they can also be used to perform a back flush cleaning.

Comparing with the drip coffee maker cleaning an Espresso machine it’s like a dream…

Just look how happy your coffee mug is while dreaming of holding fresh, clean, aromatic, robust, delicious coffee made in a Clean Coffee Maker.

That is all folks! What are you waiting for, go clean your coffee maker!


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