Follow These Easy Steps for Cleaning Coffee Makers with Natural Remedies!

by Kristiyana

Is drinking a cup of coffee the first thing on your mind each morning? Join the club! Drinking coffee is an essential part of life for many people. Some might drink it just for the kick, but others, like me, often feel like we can’t live without that adored bitter taste of a cup of hot Joe. However, your coffee’s splendid taste does not only come from having a quality coffee maker, but from keeping it clean as well. To ensure the quality of your favourite beverage, follow these few easy steps for deep cleaning coffee makers!

How to clean a coffee maker?

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Up for cleaning your coffee maker with ingredients you can find in the kitchen?

What you will need:

  • water
  • dish soap
  • sponge
  • white vinegar
  • baking soda
  • paper coffee filters
  • rice


Step 1: Make sure you wash all the removable parts of the coffee maker with warm water and dish soap. Often, these parts are even dishwasher safe, so you can put them there for a faster cleanse. Don’t forget to clean the outside of the warming plate. Occasionally, spills burn on there. After, leave the reservoir lid open to dry completely.

Step 2: It’s important to clean your coffee maker at least every three months, so hard water minerals don’t build up. When this does happen, here is how to decalcify your coffee maker: If you have a charcoal water filter, remove it from the reservoir. Fill it with equal parts water and white vinegar. Then place a paper filter into the empty basket of the coffee machine. Put the pot in place and brew the concoction until the light for adding water lights up. Remove the concoction from the pot and let the machine sit for 30-60 min.

Step 3: Now empty, thoroughly wash and replace the water reservoir. Fill it with clear water. Place a new paper filter and brew a full pot of clear water until the light for water lights up again. If the scent of vinegar is still noticeable, brew another cup or two of clean water until it’s gone. Place a new charcoal filter per its directions.

Step 4: Want to make your coffee carafe sparkle? A carafe should be washed after every use. Over time, however, it can start to look overused. In cases like these, rice can help! Fill in your carafe with warm, soapy water and add a small portion of uncooked rice. Stir the mixture to prevent gunk. Now dip a sponge in some baking soda and scrub any remaining debris. Rinse well.

Also read: Five things you should never clean with baking soda: You would never guess about number 4!

How to clean Smarter coffee machine?

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Are you using a Smarter coffee machine? In this case, if you use your machine daily, best to descale it at least once a month. Here’s how:

Step 1: Fill in the water tank with coffee machine descaler and 12 cups/ 2, 840 ml of water. If you don’t have a descaler, you can use lemon juice or white vinegar. Now the ratio should be 8 cups/ 1,890 ml water and 4 cups/ 0,920 ml of lemon juice or white vinegar.
Step 2: Position the coffee maker carafe in place. Select “filter 12 cups” and then “start”.
Step 3: When water stars coming through the carafe, stop brewing and let the mixture sit for 30 to 60 min.
Step 4: Finish brewing by selecting filter, then 12 cups.
Step 5: After, run at least 2 more cycles of filter 12 cups with only clean water to get rid of all the descaler and limescale.

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