Coffee Maker Cleaning

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How do I clean my coffee maker?

Coffee Maker Cleaning

Drip type coffee makers should be made a party of your regular kitchen cleaning routine (at least once a month). Dried coffee oils can ruin the taste of even the best blend. In addition, if you have what's considered "hard water", minerals can build up inside your coffee maker. An alternative to commercial coffee cleaners is to run a solution of half white vinegar and half water through the coffee maker to dissolve scale. The heated solution may have to be run through the unit one or more times if buildup is heavy. Thoroughly rinse all parts of the unit. Run plain cold water through a cycle to remove all traces. If you still have your owner's manual, check it as well for instructions specific to your model. The glass pot, filter container and other removeable components can be cleaned when you're washing the dishes.

   

Comments

8/23/2006 1:14:12 PM
Gar said:

There's no question in my mind about the importance of clean equipment for good tasting coffe. There are dozens of products on the market for cleaning coffee makers, but there's only one for making them dirty, and that's coffee. And oh boy, will it. I've been making coffe for a long time, and I've found that the most important ingredient is a clean coffee maker. You can finesse it with flavor enhancers, but for good, basic coffee, cleanliness is next to godliness.


8/23/2006 4:01:02 PM
Sharon Rowe said:

your ideas work fine for most pots, but I have a grungy stainless steel coffeemaker that i very difficult to clean. U have used baking soda plus vinegar; also ammonia; conventional cleaners don't work. I'm not sure what I see is scale but is brown getting browner and not to nice to look at.
Any thoughts?


12/17/2007 6:40:45 AM
sukiesue said:

soap powder and hot water will clean any teapot coffee pot cup cooking pot or baking tray. a handfull of powder or 2 tablets fill to brim with hot water & leave to soak for an hour


12/17/2007 7:04:24 AM
sukiesue said:

soap powder and hot water will clean any teapot coffee pot cup cooking pot or baking tray. a handfull of powder or 2 tablets fill to brim with hot water & leave to soak for an hour


12/17/2007 8:31:53 AM
Dana said:

I have a stainless steel pot too. I run it through the dishwasher to get the brown grunge out of the inside. For the outside I use a conventional stainless steel cleaner that you can get at any home improvement store.


12/17/2007 10:20:34 AM
Brian said:

Sharon, I use stainless as well, and it does get horrid looking after a few weeks.

My typical routine is to do vinegar to get the scale from the plastic internals (where all the fresh, hot water flows before contact with coffee).

For the actual stainless pot, I put 50/50 bleach water in with a rag until it's nearly full, then let it sit for an hour, swirl the rag around and the stainless should be immaculate.

Do take note to scrub the container down with a normal dish solution to get rid of any bleach residues.

I don't know if this is 'the' method, but I always hit my stainless kitchen aids with lots of bleach.

Hope this late suggestion helps!


12/18/2007 5:52:03 AM
Cindie said:

How do you clean a Bunn Coffee Maker?


12/21/2007 6:24:27 PM
Jean said:

I used to have a Stainless Stell coffeemaker, and loved it. It eventually died, and I have since bought a drip maker, but I used to have good success cleaning my steel maker by sprinkling about a 1 teasoon of 'Cream of Tartar' in some water and brewing it through a cycle, then washing it out afterwards.


12/23/2007 9:04:50 PM
Jean said:

I used to have a stainless steel pot, and loved it! When it finally died, I got a drip pot. I used to brew some tap water and 'Cream of Tartar' in it, about 1 -2 tsp. per pot. Then wash it out and use a brush to clean the spout. It always came out with a very nice shine!


5/26/2009 10:13:16 AM
shawn page said:

Try this - it worked miracles on my stainless thermos. Put a couple of tablespoons of powdered dishwasher soap in your coffee pot and pour in boiling water to fill the pot. Let it sit until the water cools. Rinse well with fresh water. You'll be amazed at the grunge that comes out and how clean the pot is!


7/20/2009 10:12:55 PM
Lynda Hammel said:

I have a stainless steel coffee pot and I'd like to know how to clean it also. Cleaning glass pots was easy with a little baking soda and hot water but that method doesn't work on the stainless steel.


11/15/2011 8:24:13 AM
Paulette said:

I have a micro wave I don't know if I am using the right cleaning technique. I use a half of lemon, water and about 2tsbp of baking soda. I mix all together and put in the oven for 5 minutes. The mixture got brown. do you have any other cleaning techniques.


11/15/2011 8:47:29 AM
Paulette said:

I have a micro wave I don't know if I am using the right cleaning technique. I use a half of lemon, water and about 2tsbp of baking soda. I mix all together and put in the oven for 5 minutes. The mixture got brown. do you have any other cleaning techniques.




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