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How to Clean Coffee Maker with Vinegar?

Jun 18

How do you Clean your Coffee Maker with Vinegar?

Coffee makers are the foundation of many homes. Everyone needs a coffee maker to get their morning started. After a while, your coffee maker gets dirty and grimy. That's the time to replace it! It is easier to clean your coffeemaker using vinegar rather than replacing it. If you want to learn more, continue reading this blog post!

What is the proportion of vinegar to water used to clean the coffee maker?

What you need:



an unclean cloth or paper towels


A small bowl

What do you need to do Step by Step

  • Equal amounts of water and vinegar to the coffee maker. Switch on the machine and allow it to boil the mixture. Shut off the machine, and dispose of this mixture (don't pour down the sink unless you know your pipes can handle vinegar). Unplug the appliance and shut off the power source at the outlet.
  • Use an old towel or clean cloth to clean the interior of the carafe. Sprinkle coarse salt into the inner pot if there are mineral deposits present. Add 1 cup of water into the reservoir. This is followed by two cups of white vinegar that have been distilled.
  • As usual, run the entire cycle with just water and not ground beans. For best results, discard both brewing solutions when they're done.
  • To get the best taste, even after many coffees without descaling, repeat the steps three times. Cleanse thoroughly with water that is clean before making your next cup of coffee.
  • Keep the vinegar in an additional container for future use, if you want to, instead of pouring it down the sink. Add fresh water to the reservoir and run the brewing process one more time to flush out any vinegar that may be present.

Tips: It's important to remember that cleaning your coffee maker with vinegar may take a long time. Once the brewing process has been completed, clean the machine with the 50/50 mix of tap water from the coldest temperature and distillation (or filtering) of white vinegar. To get the best results allow it to sit for a night, then rerun the brewing process without pods or filter baskets in the brewer. When making the next pot, rinse thoroughly. Keep the coaster under the carafe throughout this time to prevent drips from spilling onto counter surfaces since the gasket will be wet from a solution that has been used to clean out all the parts, including the metal holder was black/copper the holder made of metal that the coffee flows out of.

Then the coffee maker should appear sparkling clean and new. If, for whatever reason, the vinegar didn't help remove the staining in your machine, try using a special cleaner designed explicitly for this purpose.

Cleaning Tips for the Coffee Maker

Once you have your coffee maker set, fill the tank with about half an inch of white vinegar. Plug in and then turn on the machine as usual. The machine will produce a brew with vinegar, not coffee. It will continue to brew until reaching the end of its cycle. This is the time to clean. Switch off the power to prevent the process from continuing, for now, then unplug it! You don't need to remove the pieces now; however, you can take this time to eliminate any debris lurking around certain places. This includes drip trays, carafes, decanters, and many more. Rin out all parts with warm water if possible. Use a damp cloth to clean them until they sparkle and are free of any residue or dust.

Carefully remove the top portion of the cover of your coffee maker to wash its internal parts. You need to be careful when working in this area. Use an old toothbrush diluted with water and rubbing alcohol to remove any remaining remnants. Rinse thoroughly under running water again in warm, gentle heat. The entire assembly, including the cover mechanism, dry thoroughly before taking them apart for reassembling.

Make sure to fill the machine with white vinegar again, without coffee grounds added to the machine. Put the top back on securely, and plug it into the machine to make one more cycle of vinegar (not using any water or coffee). When this process is completed, shut off the power source at the outlet/breaker box. Then unplug the unit AGAIN before removing components for the final rinse in warm running water. Shake the excess moisture out by hand after washing all surfaces; then leave the cover off until completely dry inside - about 24 hours depending on humidity levels in your region or the vicinity.

Finally! You can now reassemble your new 'clean' maker without the worry of accumulation of residue interfering with smell or taste since there were absolutely no particles left behind whatsoever from earlier steps! If possible, let it air dry completely. If not, use a clean, lint-free cloth or paper towels to dry it thoroughly. This is a vital step! This step is crucial!


Make sure not to run any solution through the system anymore, even tap water with no white vinegar added, as particles or residues left behind could impact the future flavor results. Get rid of the first two batches of brewed solution and carafe contents monthly to ensure optimal efficiency over time. Combining cleaner solutions can damage your system.

If you don't have time to do the above steps, you can run a freshwater cycle through your system once it has cooled down entirely with no coffee grounds or vinegar. This will stop any remaining flavors brewed before the previous one from affecting the next brew. However, this isn't an effective deep cleaning method, so be aware!


Contact NW Maids to learn more:


Contact the NW Maids Portland location:

NW Maids House Cleaning Service of Portland

5020 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, 

Portland, OR 97211, United States