How to clean a coffee maker

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How to clean a coffee maker
How to Clean a Coffee Maker (Courtesy of Expert Village)

Over time, a coffee maker can get somewhat dirty. Make coffee taste better by cleaning the coffee maker on a regular basis.

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Things you need

  • Coffee maker
  • Dish soap
  • Water
  • White vinegar

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    Clean a Coffee Maker

  1. 1

    Fill the water reservoir with a solution of one part white vinegar to two parts cold water.

  2. 2

    Run the coffee pot as usual.

  3. 3

    Let the machine cool, then run a full pot of cold, clear water.

  4. 4

    Repeat Step 3 if needed.

  5. 5

    Wash the filter basket and the decanter in hot, soapy water.

  6. 6

    Wipe the outside with a soapy sponge or disposable disinfecting wipe.

Tips and warnings

  • Use this method to clean out the coffee pot once a month to maintain a working machine that keeps making fresh pots of great-tasting coffee.
  • Never wash the decanter in the dishwasher. The intense heat could cause it to shatter.

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