Did you know that you can thoroughly clean your coffee maker with plain old white distilled vinegar? That’s right. Cleaning the interior of your system does not require the use of potentially poisonous chemicals.
How do you tell if it needs to be cleaned?
If your coffee begins to taste more bitter than normal, or if your coffee just tastes bad all of the time, you’ll know it’s time. It’s also a hint that you need to clean your coffee maker if it takes longer than normal to brew. If you have a Keurig, you’ll notice the grounds from previous brews start to appear in your new cups.
Cleaning your coffee maker with vinegar is actually very easy. It’s also a completely safe cleaning tool. The measures for cleaning with vinegar are as follows.
Vinegar should be added to your water tank. You may either use full strength vinegar or dilute it for cleaning.
Run enough brew cycles to deplete your water reservoir entirely. It only takes one cycle for drip coffee makers. If you’re using a Keurig, keep running loops until you’ve used up all of the vinegar.