Are you routinely cleaning your coffee makers? Coffee will taste much better if you take the time to do this.

Yesterday I cleaned the Keurig and the Cuisinart. Below are the instructions I followed.

In cleaning your coffee makers, start with one and then clean the other one if you have it

Here’s What You Will Need:

  • Water
  • White vinegar
  • Hot soapy water
  • Sponge
  • Dry dish towel
Taking the Keurig coffee maker bottom reservoir off to clean

How To Clean The Keurig Coffee Maker:

  1. Take the bottom reservoir pieces and clean them with soapy water. 
  2. Then take off the water dispenser.
  3. Fill the water dispenser from with half white vinegar and half water. 
  4. Run all of the fluid through by making one coffee cup after another and emptying it down the sink drain.
  5. Then fill the dispenser with water and repeat the first step. Use up all the water and then pour it down the drain.
In In cleaning your coffee makers, you will have better tasting coffee

When I had a cup of coffee the next morning, there was no leftover taste or odor of vinegar. 

How To Clean The Cuisinart Coffee Maker:

  1. Fill the carafe with half white vinegar and half water.
  2. Turn on the coffee maker and brew half a pot of coffee.
  3. Turn the coffee maker off
  4. Let the remainder of coffee sit in the carafe for one hour.
  5. Then run the rest of the water through the machine
In cleaning your coffee makers, if you have a Cuisinart take out the cone with the gold filter.

Clean The Parts:

  1. Clean the filter and filter holder in soapy water 
  2. Fill the Cuisinart carafe with water and brew a full carafe  
  3. Clean the outside of the coffee makers on the outside to clear water build-up

Taking these steps will keep your coffee tasting robust and flavorful. 

My round glass jar where I keep my coffee grounds

The jar above is what I put my coffee in for the Cuisinart. I brought it with me from Texas just as I did the Cuisinart.

I have one cup of coffee each morning, so this lasts me quite a while. 

Occasionally I have a cup of coffee from the Keurig. But because the k-cups aren’t all that cheap, I don’t use it as much as the Cuisinart.

While other coffee makers have bit the dust, this Cuisinart has been around for about 10 years.

In cleaning your coffee makers, I show my vintage Maxwell House can that I fill with paper filters

Coffee Filters:

Even though the Cuisinart has the gold filter, I don’t want to be buying and paying for those. So I use a regular paper coffee filter I get at the grocery store and put one of those inside the gold filter. 

I keep the filters in this vintage Maxwell House can.

Do you have any tips for cleaning your coffee makers

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11 Comments

  1. Coffee stains and burned on coffee in glass carafes can be removed by putting ice cubes in the carafe and swirling them around in it, holding the carafe by the handle. I use a paper clip to clean out the needle in the Keurig that pierces the K cup.

  2. That is how I clean my Cuisinart coffeemaker, perhaps I should do it more often though. My Keureg has never been cleaned, mine does not have the water reservoir. I have that extra cup for the Keureg that a person can use any coffee in, but I don't like the coffee that it makes with it, despite the fact that we grind our own Starbuck beans even. We love Tim Hortons dark roast pods.

  3. I always use vinegar/water to clean my coffee pot. My pot shows me when I need to clean it, takes the guess work out. I didn't realize that when I bought it, but one morning I saw a light glowing that said clean. So I obeyed.

  4. Hi Brenda, you can buy a reusable pod at Target etc. and use whatever coffee you want. They are around $13. You can also buy mini filters $3.00 for 50. Love your blog!

  5. Beside vinegar is wonderful for your sink drains. I had a plumber friend years ago tell me to only use vinegar & baking soda for my drains. That is what I always do too. I put about 1/2 cup of baking soda in each drain, then heat about two cups of vinegar in the micro, dump it down & watch it work. using the vinegar cold works too, but heating it up gives it an extra boost. Have a great week end Brenda…

  6. did you know you can buy small boxes of K-cups at places like TJ Max, Marshalls, Tuesday Morning all of those discount places usually have a "kitchen" area and sometimes have the boxes at a discounted rate. I do not have a coffee pot that uses them but my sister does and I noticed this when I went shopping with her

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