You can now clean your coffee maker without buying commercial products and you can also save your money by following the procedures below. Using plain old vinegar, which is all natural and acidic enough to get rid of lime scale and mineral build up, as well as oils your coffee beans may have left behind. You can clean you coffee maker once a month to make sure that the coffee taste great. Here is an easy way of cleaning your coffee maker.
1. Wipe down all of your coffee maker’s external surfaces with a damp sponge. Be sure that the coffee maker is unplugged and cool
2. Fill the coffee maker’s water reservoir with one-to-one solution of water and distilled white vinegar.
3. Run the coffee maker (this will stink up your house, but it’s worth it). Remove the coffee pot so the vinegar will collect in the filter and clean it. Rinse the filter. It may be full of oils, mineral build-up and residue. This procedure is optional, but it is specially important if the filter basket is dirty. If you skip number 3 procedure, then let the filter sit in the pot for an hour.
4. Pour the vinegar out of the coffee pot and rinse it thoroughly.
5. Run the coffee maker once or twice more with vinegar to ensure that all build-up is gone. If you cleaned the filter the first time, let the vinegar sit in the coffee pot for an hour the second time.
6. Run the coffee maker with pure, de-ionized water. Do this until the smell of the vinegar is gone.
7. Wash the coffee pot and filter basket in the top rack of your dishwasher. If you don’t have a dishwasher , you may wash them by hand with dish soap.