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The Best Coffee Pot Cleaner is One You Already Have: How to Clean Your Coffee Maker with Vinegar

Hey there, coffee fiends! If you’re like me, you live for the morning ritual of that glorious first cup of coffee. If you’re trying to save a few pennies by making it at home, you should ask yourself the following question: When was the last time I cleaned this thing? Dirty coffee pots can lead to poor-tasting coffee, making the option to go buy a cup more appealing. Reclaim your morning brew with the best coffee pot cleaner that you likely already have! We’re spilling the beans on how to clean your coffee maker with vinegar that will leave your coffee pot tasting looking and tasting like new.

Taking care of your things is a great way to ensure that they last a long time. This coffee pot cleaning method is intended for a drip coffee pot, but it can also be used for percolators and the inside of pour-over coffee pots.

Vinegar – The Best Coffee Pot Cleaner

Vinegar isn’t just for salad dressings and pickling cucumbers; it’s also the unsung hero of coffee pot cleaning. Its acidic properties make it perfect for breaking down those stubborn coffee oils and mineral deposits that can build up over time. These can lead to funky-tasting coffee, and thus a ruined morning!

What You’ll Need to Clean Your Coffee Pot

Before you start scrubbing, gather your cleaning arsenal. You’ll need white vinegar, water, a soft sponge or cloth, and maybe a bit of baking soda if things are especially crusty. 

If you don’t have these ingredients, you can get them at your local grocery store or discount store – they are widely available and highly cost-effective. I recommend buying in bulk if you can since they are versatile cleaners.

two brown ceramic mugs, brewed after a clean coffee pot
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How to Clean a Coffee Maker with Vinegar in Five Steps

Step 1: Brew a Vinegar Solution

First things first, mix up your secret cleaning recipe. Pour ½ cup white vinegar to every cup of water in your coffee carafe. Then pour it into the reserve. Then it’s time to start!

This is the best coffee pot cleaner because it’s very inexpensive, and it does a great job of removing built-on grit, scale (if you have hard water like me), and bacteria. 

How to clean your coffee maker with vinegar. The best coffee pot cleaner
To activate a cleaning cycle, just press and hold the clean button.

Time for a Cleaning Cycle

Check to see if your coffee pot has a cleaning cycle. Most modern coffee pots have this setting, like my Cuisinart one. Check out the picture above. To activate this model, you just press and hold the clean button.

After you’ve poured your vinegar and water mixture into the coffee maker’s water reservoir, just as you would with regular water. On more modern coffee pots, just run your clean cycle!

If you don’t have a clean cycle, start a brew cycle, but stop it halfway through. Let the solution sit in the pot and the coffee maker for about 15 minutes. This gives the vinegar time to work its magic on those stubborn stains and buildups. Then just resume the brew cycle.

Rinse and Repeat

Once it’s done, pour out the vinegar solution and rinse the coffee pot and basket thoroughly with plain water. You want to make sure no vinegar residue lingers to spoil your next cup of coffee.

Show Some Love to the Exterior

While you’re at it, don’t neglect the outside of your coffee maker. You can use our TikTok Orange Peel Cleaner and a damp cloth or sponge to wipe down the exterior. You’d be surprised how many coffee spills and fingerprints have built up!

Clean the Carafe

Don’t forget about the coffee carafe! Often overlooked, the carafe can accumulate coffee oils and stains over time. The same can be said about the filter basket and any other inside pieces. Fill the carafe with the vinegar-water solution, let it sit for a while, then scrub and rinse. Your carafe will look brand new!

Maintenance is Key

To keep your coffee tasting fresh, make cleaning it with vinegar a regular part of your routine. Experts recommend doing this about once a month. It’s like giving your coffee maker a spa day to thank it for all those glorious mornings it’s given you.

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Sip and Celebrate

Now that your coffee pot is sparkling clean, brew yourself a fresh cup of your favorite coffee. Sip it slowly, savor the taste, and say goodbye to fears of going into debt from buying coffee at a local coffee shop.  Now that you’ve mastered the art of coffee pot cleaning with vinegar, your coffee and your coffee maker will thank you with every delightful sip.

Cleaning your coffee pot with vinegar is not only effective but also a very affordable. Say goodbye to strange-tasting coffee and hello to a brew-tifully clean coffee pot that’s ready to serve up your (necessary) dose of caffeine. Happy brewing!

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