Clean coffee makers are pretty. Dirty ones make your coffee taste gunky. (Yes... gunky.) You can buy fancy coffee-maker-cleaning-potions at the store but they are overpriced and have weird chemicals in them. Using vinegar is a cheap, effective way to clean your coffee maker naturally. And it's super easy, too - here's how to clean a coffee maker with vinegar!
- Dump any old grounds out of the filter basket.
- Fill the carafe ⅓ full with white vinegar and the rest with water.
- Run the solution through the coffee maker, just like you're making a pot of coffee.
- Turn off the coffee maker and let everything cool down.
- Wipe out the carafe and water reservoir with a washcloth (you can use a little dish soap if it's really gunked up!).
- Run a full carafe of water through the coffee pot to rinse. Dump it out. Now do it again.
- Make coffee. Enjoy its smooth, un-mud-like flavor and aroma.
I like to clean out the coffee maker about once a month. You can do it as often as tickles your fancy. Before your coffee starts tasting like mud and gunk is ideal. 😉
Kelley @ Kelley's Passion for Nutrition
Thank you! I love using vinegar to clean with!
Definitely the best way to do it!
Thanks for the info! I love having a clean coffee pot and using eco friendly stuff to clean it!
Sarah @ Natures Nurture
Awesome tip! I have a post on the many ways I use vinegar around the house, and I've just added a link back to this tip here:
Thanks again...I'm off to clean my coffee maker now 🙂