Use our tips on how to clean a coffee maker to keep brewing the perfect cup of coffee.
Waking up to the smell of freshly-brewed coffee is the best way to get your day started. When you look at your coffee maker, you’re only focused on what it’s making: coffee. Whatever kind of coffee maker you buy, you need to clean it. Mold and bacteria can grow in the water reservoir of your coffee maker. Think about it; a wet and enclosed environment. It’s the perfect breeding ground for nasty bacteria and mold. Learn how to clean a coffee maker so you can keep enjoying a delicious cup of coffee.
How to Clean a Coffee Maker: Automatic Drip
- Fill the water reservoir with equal parts water and vinegar. Brew half of the water/vinegar combination. Use a paper filter as if you’re making a regular pot of coffee.
- Turn off your coffee maker. Let the water and vinegar sit for half an hour and then finish the brewing cycle.
- Rinse out the vinegar by brewing a pot of plain water. Use a new filter and repeat this step twice.
- Fill your coffee pot with warm, soapy water. Let it sit for 10 minutes. Use a scrubber sponge to get rid of any residue. Rinse out the coffee pot and hand dry with a towel.
- Wipe off the outside of your coffee maker. It’s a good idea to clean the outside of your coffee and the inside of your coffee pot every day.
How to Clean a Coffee Maker: Single Serve
You can clean a single serve coffee maker the same way you would clean an automatic drip coffee maker.
- Fill the water reservoir with equal parts water and vinegar. Brew the water as if you’re brewing a cup of coffee. Repeat the process until you empty the water reservoir. Run the brewing cycles without any coffee pods.
- Use a toothbrush to clean off any coffee grounds built up in the coffee pod holder.
- Clean the outside of the coffee maker with hot, soapy water and a rag.
How to Clean a Coffee Maker: French Press
- Start cleaning your French press by dumping out any coffee grounds. Don’t dump the coffee grounds down your sink drain. Place a piece of paper towel in a small strainer, and pour the coffee grounds and water over it. The paper towel will catch the coffee grounds, which can then be thrown in the trash.
- Fill the French press with equal parts white vinegar and boiling water.
- Put the top of the French press back on and press like you’re making coffee. Allow the water and vinegar mixture to sit for 10 minutes.
- Rinse thoroughly with plain water. Let the French press air dry completely.