Having a coffee maker is a great investment if you love coffee, but it’s easy to ignore the fact that it needs regular cleaning and care until it starts affecting your coffee’s flavor, and it can even worsen your brewer’s drip efficiency. And because coffee grounds have their own natural oils, you can’t just clean them by rinsing with water – you need the right tools and materials to keep having that amazing cup every morning.
What You’ll Need
Be sure to keep these in handy fo when you clean your coffee maker:
- Soft cloth
- Sponge brush
- Dishwashing liquid
- Extra water filter (optional)
Now that you have the things you need, here’s how you can clean your coffee maker in five simple steps:
1. Remove the brew basket and filter
Remove the basket every time after using the coffee maker. Be sure to discard the used grounds, and if you’re using a paper filter, be sure to discard that, too.
2. Use hot water
The best way to clean a coffee maker is by using hot water to help lift off the accumulated coffee residue from the basket. Hot water also helps you kill any yeast or bacteria growing on the brew basket or on the coffee maker’s drip mechanism. With the hot water ready, scrub it clean with a sponge brush and a dishwashing liquid that’s specifically made to remove oils. Be sure to pay close attention to any tiny nooks or crannies that you might miss.
3. Clean and rinse
Be sure to discard any remaining coffee grounds and thoroughly rinse the parts of the coffee maker, such as the brew basket, the carafe, and the lid, and make sure to remove every trace of residue. Wipe the parts down with a soft cloth and allow them to dry. Be sure to dampen a cloth in fresh water to wipe away and remaining soap residue, and once they’re fully dry, put them back together for their next use.
4. Run a drip cycle
The last step is to fill the water reservoir using a solution of equal parts vinegar and water and place a paper filter in the brew basket. Next, allow your coffee maker to run through half a drip cycle and stop midway in order to allow the solution to sit both in the reservoir and pass through the water channel. Wait for about half an hour before finishing the brew cycle.
Once the brew cycle is finished, discard the vinegar and water solution, replace the paper filter, and run the cycle again with plain water. This time, allow the coffee maker to fully cool down.