- Step 1: Clean the machine Clean the inside of your coffee maker by running a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and water though the machine. Do two runs with water afterward to remove the vinegar.
- TIP: You can substitute a half dozen Alka-Seltzer or denture tablets, a quarter of a cup of baking soda, or the juice of a fresh lemon for the vinegar.
- Step 2: Get ice and salt To get your carafe looking like new, try this barista trick. Toss a handful of ice cubes and a couple of teaspoons of salt--rock or table--into the carafe.
- Step 3: Swish vigorously Swish vigorously for a minute or two.
- Step 4: Rinse thoroughly Rinse thoroughly.
- TIP: If you have a stainless-steel carafe, fill it with boiling water, add a few tablespoonfuls of powdered dishwasher detergent, let it sit overnight, then swish with a dish brush and rinse.
- Step 5: Fill with water and baking soda To get rid of any lingering vinegar smell in the carafe, fill it with warm water, add a teaspoon of baking soda, let it sit for a few minutes, and rinse well. You’re ready for a delicious cup of coffee!
- FACT: The average American drinks 23 gallons of coffee a year, or about 400 cups.
You Will Need
- A drip coffee maker
- White vinegar
- Ice cubes
- Table salt or rock salt
- Dishwasher detergent
- A dish brush
- Baking soda
- Alka-Seltzer tablets
- Denture tablets
- A fresh lemon