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How to Clean Your Coffee Maker

Make your coffee maker sparkle with these easy tips.


  • 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

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