How to Clean Your Coffee Maker
Learn how to give your coffee maker a deep cleaning

Many people love a cup of coffee to help them get started in the morning, in fact, a lot of people feel it's essential! Thanks to our love of coffee, the coffee maker can be one of our most frequently used home appliances. So it’s no surprise that over time, your coffee maker will get dirty.

Because a coffee maker has many hard to clean areas, regular deep cleaning is essential to ensure your coffee maker is free from harmful bacteria that can build up on surfaces that are not easily accessible. Minerals in water supplies also often build up in areas that are not easy to clean.

Clean Coffee Maker: Dirty Interior Clean Coffee Maker: Mineral Buildup

Get Cleaning!

You may be wondering how to thoroughly clean your coffee maker. While you can purchase products commercially to do that job, we will show you how to use some common ingredients that you have around your home to get your coffee maker sparkling clean and looking like new!

Before you do a deep clean cycle, you should remove all of the items that are easily removable such as the reusable filter, the filter holder, the valve assembly and the coffee pot itself. All of these items can be washed using liquid dish detergent and hot water. After you’re finished washing these, make sure you rinse them thoroughly and allow them to dry.

Clean Coffee Maker: Remove Items

To clean our coffee maker, we used the denture tab cleaning method. To use this method, begin by filling up your coffee pot with water and pouring that into your coffee maker.

Clean Coffee Maker: Remove Items

Next, put the coffee pot into its spot on the machine and add your denture cleaning tablet.

Clean Coffee Maker: Denture Tabs

Once tablet has been added to the water, you will see the water start to foam.

Clean Coffee Maker: Denture Tab Foam

Next, close the lid of your coffee maker and start a normal cycle. Once you’ve allowed your coffee maker to go through a complete cycle, inspect the contents of the pot. If you see that the water is discolored, don't worry, that just means your deep cleaning is doing its job! Water discoloration is typical of the mineral content that would have been inside the tubing of your coffee maker.

Clean Coffee Maker: Residue

Discard this pot of water and then put at least one or two full pots of water through your coffee maker without using any coffee and then do a taste test. If you find you have a residue of a denture-cleaning tab taste, you’ll need to rinse your machine one more time. We suggest that you use lemon juice – either freshly squeezed or store-bought. Put a tablespoon or two of lemon juice into your coffee maker along with water, run it through a cycle, and then rinse it a couple of times after that and all of the residue should be removed.

No Tabs? No Worries!

Coffee makers can also be cleaned using white vinegar, lemon juice, or citric acid. To clean using these agents, simply fill your coffee pot with 1/3 of the vinegar, lemon juice or citric acid and 2/3 water. Pour the solution into your coffee maker’s water reservoir and then start the brewing cycle. When the cycle is complete, discard the pot of water.

Cleaning the Exterior

Next, it’s time to clean the exterior of your coffee maker with a soft cloth. You can fill a spray bottle with 1/3 white vinegar and 2/3 water. Make sure your coffee maker is turned off and unplugged, then spray your solution onto the exterior of the coffee maker and wipe it down with a cloth. Don’t be afraid to dampen any areas that have stubborn grime and use a little bit of elbow grease! Once the exterior of your machine is clean, wipe it dry with a soft, dry cloth to remove any remaining moisture.

If you discover a broken part while cleaning your coffee maker, don’t worry, we have a number of coffee maker parts that you can order! Make sure you have your model number so you can quickly find the part your machine needs so you can fix it and have it running like new again!