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How to Clean a Coffee Maker

When you need to know how to clean a coffee maker,  it’s always best to read the manual on the best way to clean your particular brand of coffee maker as there are several different types of coffee makers.  Generally, keeping the coffee maker clean on a daily basis will ensure you get the best results from your coffee maker. Mineral deposits from the water will build up over time, and the coffee maker should be decalcified regularly, say once a month.

There are a few basic things you should remember when cleaning a coffee maker:

  • Always unplug the coffee maker and allow it to cool before cleaning.
  • If the coffee maker has a filter insert, it should be removed before cleaning.
  • Avoid harsh abrasive cleaners like steel wool pad,s as this will damage the coffee maker.
  • The carafe or jug should be washed in hot water using mild liquid soap.
  • Never submerge the coffee maker into water or put the machine in a dishwasher.
  • Check the manufacturer’s instructions as to which parts are dishwasher safe and if so, whether they should go on the top or bottom shelf.
  • Coffee manufacturers usually suggest a commercial product for cleaning a coffee maker but you can use a 1:1 mixture of distilled white vinegar and water to get rid of calcium build up in your machine.
  • Use a clean filter
  • Fill the coffee maker’s water reservoir with the 1:1 solution of water and distilled white vinegar and run the solution through the coffee maker.
  • Discard the solution and filter and run one or two more fresh solutions through the coffee maker to ensure all the build up is removed.
  • Run fresh water through a few times until all trace of the vinegar has disappeared.

If you learn how to clean your coffee maker properly and do it regularly,  it should last longer and help you brew a perfect cup of coffee!

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