A reader wrote me yesterday asking how they could clean their coffee maker without buying one of those boxes of “clean your coffee maker” solutions. Well, turns out you can clean it rather well using just two ingredients…vinegar and water. In fact, I just did it this morning. So how do you do it?
Fill up the water reservoir up to the top with 1 cup of white vinegar and water and run the coffee maker as you normally do. When the process is complete, dump the coffee pot out. Next you will want to do the same process again a few times with just plain water to flush out the vinegar. All done!
Doing this on a regular basis keeps the buildup of minerals in the machine and will keep those coffee stains at bay. Also, it will prolong the life of the coffee maker because your coffee will continue to taste good and you won’t feel the need to get a new one! My mom has the same coffee maker she had when I was a kid and the coffee tastes just fine. A coffee maker should really last a long long time…unless of course you break the carafe and cannot find a replacement!