How to Clean a Coffee Maker with Vinegar

Amber Bracegirdle | Bluebonnet Baker

Wondering how to clean a coffee maker with vinegar? We know the answer!

Do you know how to clean a coffee maker with vinegar? And how often do you clean your coffee maker? I promise it's not a trick question!

If you’re a coffee drinker, you look forward to that first cup of coffee of the day. You can’t imagine trying to function without it, or the other cups of joe that may follow. With regular cleaning of your coffee maker, it will taste even better!

You love your coffee for its flavor, its ability to help you be alert and for the comfort it provides. It’s one of life’s simplest pleasures.

Deep cleaning your coffee maker with vinegar is probably the last thing on your mind. But, did you know your coffee maker needs this regularly?

(Tip: Most coffee makers can handle vinegar, but check the manufacturer’s instructions in the user manual for yours.)

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Regularly cleaning your coffee maker with a simple vinegar solution will improve the taste of your coffee.

You’ll get rid of bacteria and mold (eww!), plus mineral buildup that can affect the flavor.

Plus, your coffee machine will function better and more quickly, running through the brewing cycle much faster than if it has a bunch of buildup.

Your appliance will last longer, too! (And who wants to replace their beloved coffee maker more often than necessary?)

A thorough cleaning with a few simple steps will deliver not only a clean coffee pot, but the benefits of a clean coffee maker also include premium coffee taste.

Why Cleaning With Vinegar?

Due to its acidic nature, vinegar is a powerful, effective and safe cleaning product to introdocue into your daily cleaning routine for a fresh, clean home.

Vinegar is eco-friendly, free of any harmful chemicals or toxins and proven as an effective way to clean even the germiest places.

Using vinegar to clean a coffee maker is an easy way of ensuring that the inside of your coffee maker, including the parts of the machine you couldn't otherwise reach to clean, get fully cleaned and disinfected.

Vinegar is a proven disinfectant, plus is also helps alleviate calcium deposits, ensuring a good cup of coffee with every brew.

How Often To Clean Your Coffee Pot

For optimal performance, you should rinse out your standard coffee pot and wipe it clean every day using soapy water.

Additionally, you should remove the old coffee filter from the brew basket and compost it and the coffee grounds daily.

If you use tap water to make your coffee and you have hard water, which contains a lot of mineral deposits, you’ll need to decalcify your pot once a month to remove mineral buildup.

If you have soft water in your household, you can get away with doing this deeper cleaning once every few months.

They are several different ways to do so using your preferred cleaning agent, such as a specialized coffee maker cleaner, but cleaning with vinegar is our preferred method.

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How To Clean a Drip Coffee Maker With Vinegar

Good news! Cleaning your coffee pot with vinegar makes for a quick and simple cleaning process.

  1. Fill the water tank reservoir with equal parts white vinegar and water to create a simple cleaning solution.
  2. Make sure your filter basket is empty and rinsed of any coffee residue.
  3. Run the regular brew cycle until it’s halfway through.
  4. Turn off the machine.
  5. Wait 30 minutes, allowing the vinegar mixture to sit and work.
  6. Resume brewing the solution until it’s finished.
  7. Drain your coffee pot and rinse with warm water.
  8. Brew a full pot of clean water to rinse any remaining residue. Drain your pot of the hot water carefully.
  9. Brew one more full pot of fresh water for a last time and drain it again.
  10. Give the outside of your coffee maker, the warming plate and any removable parts a good cleaning with a lint-free cloth using a simple solution of 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water.

This simple cleaning cycle can be repeated as often as necessary to keep your coffee maker working to keep it in tip-top shape.

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How Much Vinegar To Use To Clean a Coffee Maker

A 12-cup coffee pot makes 12, 5-ounce cups of coffee, or 60 ounces total.

You’ll need 30 ounces of vinegar and 30 ounces of water to deep clean it.

A 10-cup coffee pot makes 10, 6-ounce cups of coffee, so it also holds 60 ounces total.

You’ll need 30 ounces of vinegar and 30 ounces of water to decalcify it.

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How To Clean and Descale a Keurig With Vinegar

You may not have a drip coffee maker, you may have an espresso machine, a French press or a Keurig coffee maker. You're in luck!

No matter your preferred method of coffee preparation, or whether you buy coffee beans or coffee pods, cleaning with vinegar still works just as well.

Here are the basic steps for cleaning a Keurig with vinegar, keeping in mind that generally you should descale your Keurig every 3 to 6 months.

  1. Empty the water reservoir and wipe out any residue.
  2. Fill the reservoir with 10 ounces of white vinegar.
  3. Make sure the K-cup holder is empty.
  4. Get a tall mug and place it under the dripping area.
  5. Brew on the large setting, then drain your mug.
  6. Repeat until all the vinegar is brewed.
  7. Fill your reservoir with 10 ounces of water and repeat the brewing process until the water is gone.

Now that you know how to clean your coffee pot with vinegar, get brewing!

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Amber Bracegirdle

About Amber

Amber is a native Texan, born to a family of fabulous cooks. She shares her love of all things Tex-Mex and Southern both on her blog, Bluebonnet Baker, and here on Food Fanatic. She heavily endorses the use of the contraction "y'all".