If you are a coffee connoisseur, you probably never forget to have your daily dose of joe. But how often do you remember to clean your coffee maker? Even the best drip coffee makers need to be washed often. Without regular cleaning, the heat and moisture a dirty machine provides can turn it into a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. Don’t worry, though — it is never too late to start cleaning your beloved coffee maker. Here is how to clean a drip coffee maker and get yours looking new again!
How Often Should You Clean Your Coffee Maker?
You want to use different cleaning methods depending on your often you clean your coffee maker. Ideally, try to clean it after every usage to keep your coffee tasting as it should. You can simply clean it with soap and water if you clean it daily.
If you cannot clean your maker so often, no worries! You can use vinegar monthly to give it a deep clean and remove any built-up calcium and keep your coffee tasting fresh.
How to Clean a Drip Coffee Maker with Soap and Water
Cleaning your coffee maker after every use with soap and water is a smart idea. Here’s how to do it!
What You Will Need
- Dish soap
- Warm water
- Paper towel or cloth
- Remove the brew basket and discard the coffee grounds and disposable paper filter.
- Fill up a bowl with hot water.
- Add dish soap to the water. Dish soap that can clean up oil will be especially effective.
- Place the brew basket into the soapy mixture. If you are using a permanent filter, place that in there as well. Use your sponge to gently wash away any oil or coffee grounds left behind.
- Wash the carafe with warm soapy water and a sponge. If the carafe is dishwasher safe, you can clean it that way as well.
- Thoroughly rinse the brew basket, permanent filter, and carafe with warm water. Wipe them down with a cloth or paper towel completely and set them aside to let them dry. Keep the lid of the carafe open to ensure that it’s inside will be completely dry.
- Clean the rest of the maker. Dip a cloth or paper towel in the soapy water and wipe down the inner lid, outer lid, and brewing area. Then take a new cloth or paper towel and wet it with fresh water to wipe away any soap left behind. Finally, take a dry cloth or paper towel to get it completely dry.
- After every part is dry, you can put all of the parts back together.
How to Clean a Drip Coffee Maker with Vinegar
Ideally, aim to clean your coffee maker with soap and water after every use. If this is not possible, however, you can deep clean it once a month with vinegar. Using vinegar is an efficient way to remove any calcium buildup in your machine to keep your coffee tasing fresh. Be sure to check your maker’s manual before starting to make sure that you can use vinegar to clean it.
What You Will Need
- Hot water
- White vinegar
- Cloth or paper towel
- Empty your coffee maker. Clean the carafe, brew basket, and permanent filter with hot soapy water. Reassemble your maker when all of its parts are clean.
- Fill the reservoir with equal parts white vinegar and water. Place a disposable filter in the basket if you are not using a permanent one.
- Begin the drip cycle, but stop it when the machine has completed half of the cycle. Let the solution sit in the reservoir for 30 minutes to an hour.
- After letting the solution sit for 30 to 60 minutes, resume the drip cycle and let the rest of the solution brew. When the cycle is complete, pour out the vinegar and water solution from the carafe and replace the paper filter if necessary.
- Fill the reservoir with fresh water and run it through the full drip cycle. Dump out the brewed water and replace the paper filter if necessary. Allow the machine time to cool down. Repeat this step again.
- Clean the filter basket, permanent filter (if applicable), and carafe with hot, soapy water again to remove any vinegar residue. Wipe the exterior of your coffee maker with a cloth or paper towel until completely dry. If your maker has a water filter, change it.
Why You Should Clean Your Drip Coffee Maker Regularly
If you drink coffee daily, your coffee maker is constantly being visited by new water and coffee grounds. Without regular cleanings, old coffee grounds sit in your machine, and the moisture from the old water invites germs to fester. Not to mention that calcium, oils, yeast, and mold can spring up, slowing down the operation of your coffee maker and thus, your morning routine. Luckily for you, you now know how to clean a drip coffee maker! Allotting a little bit of time every day or month can keep your machine running smoothly and your coffee tasting delicious!
Written by Michele Wilson