Did you know that you can use plain old white distilled vinegar to thoroughly clean your coffee maker? That’s right. You don’t need to use chemicals that could potentially poison you to clean the inside of your machine.
How do you know if you need to clean it?
You’ll know it’s time if your coffee starts tasting more bitter than usual or it your coffee just tastes bad all the time. Also, if your coffee takes longer than usual to brew, it’s also a sign that you need to clean it.
If yours is a Keurig type, then you’ll see grounds from previous brews begin to show up in your new cups.
Using vinegar to clean your coffee maker is actually very easy. And it’s a totally safe method of cleaning.
Here are the steps for cleaning with vinegar.
Fill your water reservoir with vinegar. You can use undiluted vinegar for full strength cleaning or you can dilute it.
Run enough brew cycles to completely empty your water reservoir. For drip coffee makers, it just takes one cycle. For Keurig type, you’ll need to keep running cycles until you use up all the vinegar.
Brew another cycle with just water. When you are done with the vinegar, brew one more cycle with just plain water. This will flush out the vinegar from your coffee maker.
Repeat these steps on a regular basis to keep your coffee maker running great. And if you haven’t cleaned yours in a while, you may need to run more cycles with the vinegar until it comes out clean.
How do you know if it worked?
You’ll know that it worked when it brews smoothly and doesn’t take forever. Your coffee will also taste fresher.
For Keurig type coffee dispenser machines, you won’t see coffee grounds anymore. And even if you do, it’ll be much fewer and only come from the current cup you’re brewing.
How often should you clean it?
It all depends on how much you use it. If you use it everyday or several times a day, then you may want to clean it once a week. If you use it on occasion, then you may only need to clean it every few months.
Also if the water in your area is hard water, then you’ll need to clean it more often too as lime deposits build up more quickly in these areas.