How to Clean a Coffee Maker

Spring-Cleaning 101: How to Clean a Coffee Maker

As winter comes to an end and the snow begins to vanish, it’s time to start thinking about fresh air and spring-cleaning. A recent study found that about half of coffee makers had yeast and mold growing in their water reservoirs, which does not make for an ideal morning mug.

Luckily, vinegar not only sanitizes your machine, it also breaks down mineral buildup that frequently forms in the reservoir. Learn how to clean your coffee maker by following the steps below:

-Fill your coffee maker’s water reservoir with equal parts water and white vinegar

-Turn your machine on and brew as normal, using a paper filter

-When brewing is complete, turn the coffee maker off and let sit for 30 minutes

-Discard the vinegar mixture into the sink and rinse the coffee pot

-Fill the water reservoir with fresh water (no vinegar)

-Turn your machine back on and brew as normal, using a new paper filter

-Discard the water and repeat steps 5 and 6

-Scrub your coffee pot with warm, soapy water, then rinse and wipe dry

-Soak a cloth in warm, soapy water and wipe down the exterior of your coffee maker

For the best brew and a germ-free cup of joe, you should run vinegar through your coffee maker about once a month. You can clean your coffee pot and the exterior of your coffee maker weekly or even daily.

Looking for more ways to brew your java? Check out our series on home coffee brewing methods, from Chemex to cold brew.


  • Alan

    Has anyone tried this? I'm afraid that the vinegar will leave a bad taste and smell to my coffee.

  • Linda Coyle

    Mine won't pump water this morning what wrong???

  • John Ford

    No messy drips to clean up would be awesome