How to Clean a Coffee Maker with Vinegar


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Coffee maker cleaning and maintenance is not a matter of hygiene but also effects the flavor of your cup of joy, which can be depending on how your mornings and busy days are going. S this may be far graeter motivation than anything else to keep your brewer sparkling clean. 

As you know very well that coffee grounds have natural oils that are not removed after rinsing with water. These coffee residue and mineral deposits can clog the components of your coffee maker. It may impair the brewer’s efficient drip operation. 

If you do not clean your brewing basket and other parts of the coffee maker regularly, you will notice that your coffee became increasingly bitter. 

Coffee makers are considered so germy because of moisture and warmth. This moisture and leftover coffee grounds can lead to the growth of yeasts, molds, or bacteria. Mineral deposits from hard water can narrow the water channel so your coffee maker will work more slowly, if not cleaned on the regular basis. 

Simple cleaning will help to maintain freshness, removed spots on the carafe, and prevent your brewer from staining. Remove mineral buildup and clean out the coffee oils. You can easily do it and probably have everything at your home to freshen up your coffee makers so they could be more efficient, last longer, and brew a better-tasting coffee every time. 

In this article, we will discuss to cleaning and maintenance of your coffee makers at home. 

How often to clean a coffee maker?

The answer to the question of How often to clean a coffee maker obviously depends on how much you use the brewer. 

But in my opinion, you should clean your coffee maker after every use by removing the coffee grounds, and cleaning the brew basket, lid, and carafe. 

If you are an average coffee drinker and have, hard water to use, the mineral deposits and residue may build up more quickly, in this case, you should deep clean your coffee maker once a month. Because cleaning the coffee maker every month will extend its life. 

Some coffee brewers have a cleaning cycle set up, which is usually detailed in the manufacturer’s manual, so it is strongly recommended to always follow the detailed instructions in the manufacturer’s manual about cleaning the machines. 

How to clean a coffee maker with vinegar?

1st of all, you should check your coffee machine’s manual to ensure that cleaning with vinegar is recommended by the manufacturers or not because there are some brands that do not advise using the vinegar because of the metal parts of the coffee makers. 

What you will need:

  • Hot soapy water made with hot water and dish detergent
  • Vinegar
  • Soft cloth
stuff needed for cleaning

Steps for cleaning the coffee maker with vinegar:

Cleaning the coffee maker with vinegar is a simple and easy way to clean the coffee machine rather it is painless. Just follow these steps to have a fresh and clean sparkling coffee maker.

1.Remove and Clean the Parts:

Empty your coffee maker, remove and clean the carafe, brew basket, and permanent filter with soapy water. If applicable, remove the filter basket also and replace the filter basket and carafe.

2.Mix Vinegar and Water:

To deep clean the coffee maker, just add equal parts of water and vinegar that will be enough to fill the water reservoir. Most of the experts recommended filling the chamber to half with the vinegar and filling it to the top with water. But if you can not see the level at your brewer, you can mix it separately and then add this mixture to the reservoir.

3.Fill Reservoir and Replace Carafe:

Now add the mixture to the water carafe and fill it to the top. If you use paper filters, place a filter in the brew basket. 

4.Run  half of the Drip Cycle:

Start the coffee maker just like you brew your coffee and let the solution filter through. After a half brew pause the coffee maker so solution can sit in the reservoir and water channel. Let it sit for 30 minutes to an hour in both the reservoir and the carafe of the machine. 

5.Resume the Brew Cycle:

Resume the brew , you paused earlier and let the coffee maker finished its cycle. After 30 to 60 minutes discard the vinegar and water solution from the crafe and replace the water filter. 

6.Run water through the machine:

After cleaning the machine with vinegar, there is a strong aroma and taste left in the reservoir and carafe. So you have to run water 2 to 3 times through the machine until the smell and taste of the vinegar totally gone. 

7.Wipe down the out side of the machine:

After cleaning the coffee maker and the pot inside, is time to clean your coffee maker outside after cooling down the machine.  Just add an undiluted vinegar into a spray bottle and spray the vinegar onto a cotton cloth and wipe out all the outside surface of the coffee maker and rinse it with water. If there is an area that is hard to reach, use a Q-Tip dipped in the vinegar and clean the area.

Can We Use Apple Cider Vinegar instead of White Vinegar to Clean the Coffee Maker?

Yes, we can use apple cider vinegar instead of white vinegar to clean the coffee maker because the acidity of both kinds of vinegar is the same and have the same cleaning and disinfecting effects. The active component of vinegar is acetic acid which is an excellent cleaning agent that is commonly used at home. 

It can clean out all the molds, bacteria, glam, and almost everything that accumulates in the dirty coffee makers. 

The difference is only that you have to mix the 2 parts of water and 1 part of apple cider vinegar to make the cleaning solutions and the rest of the procedure is the same. 

cleaning coffee maker with apple vinegar

How to Clean Keurig Coffee maker with Vinegar?

You can also deep clean your Keuring  brewer with vinegar. All you need is a paper clip that is a cheap alternative to the Keurig cleaning tool. The clip you have to use for unclogging the brewer’s needle. 

You will need a mug to catch the descalling liquid as the machine runs its cycle, and any kind of vinegar. Vinegar will help to break down mineral deposits.


  1. Dissemble the water tank, lid, mug tray, and K Cup holder.
  2. Pour the vinegar into the reservoir to the top or where the fill line is
  3.  Run the Keurig brewer. Do a cleansing brew on the largest cup setting by using a large coffee mug and pour it in the sink. Repeat this process until the “add water light” comes on. 
  4. Let the vinegar rest in the Keurig for 3 to 4 hour. Do not shut off the brewer so the vinegar can do its magic. 
  5. After 4 hours, remove the water reservoir and rinse it completely in the sink with clear water.
  6. Now fill the water reservoir with the clean water and run the brewer again. You will repeat this process until the smell and taste of vinegar completely gone.
  7. Finish this process by cleansing other parts of the machine with saopy water.


Vinegar is a powerful natural cleaning agent. It is easily available at home cleaning and disinfecting product that can remove grease and calcium build up. It is an ideal solution to kill the becteria and other germs. 

This is why vinegar is considered extremely effective with coffee makers that comes in contact with minerals in water. You should clean your coffe maker once in every month to keep your brewer fresh and hygienic, so your cup of happiness will taste great. 

If you are using white vinegar to declae and clean your coffee machine then it is recommended that use equal parts of water an vinegar to make a cleaning solution. But you can also use apple cider vinegar as a cleaning agent. Just use 2 parts of water and 1 part f vinegar and you will completely done your cleaning process. 

You can use lemon juice, baking soda, or bleach as a substitute of the vinegar for cleaning the coffee machines. These are also helpful for killing the germs and removing stains. 

You can use all those above mentioned solutions to clean your machine because all are easily available at your home. So stay healthy


  • Can I use cleaning vinegar in place of white vinegar?

    Yes you can use the cleaning vinegar but be sure to at least two full rinse cycle through your machine afterwards.

  • How much of white vinegar to clean a coffee pot?

    You will use equal quantity of water and vinegar to clean the coffee pot.

  • How much vinegar do you use to clean a 12 cup coffee pot?

    You will need 30 ounces of vinegar and 30 ounces of water, that means all you need is a 60 ounces cleaning solution to clean the 12 cup coffee pot.

  • How many times should I run vinegar through my coffee maker?

    If you are an average coffee drinker then you should clean your coffee maker once in  a month.