Dear Home-ec 101:
I just discovered your site – very, very cool – and wondered about easy ways to clean coffee makers. I have been doing a cycle with a few tablespoons of vinegar and the rest of the pot water about once every month or so. I have also heard you can use a denture tablet – fill the tank of your drip coffee maker with hot water, drop in a denture tablet and let it dissolve. Turn the coffee maker on; once all the water has dripped into the coffee maker empty it, then refill the coffee maker with fresh water and run it through its cycle again to rinse.
Any other ideas?
NoisyKat in Texas
Well, thank you. It certainly sounds as though you have a handle on coffee maker care.
My first job was at Waffle House. You can hush now, I was in high school. Whenever a pot of coffee was left on the burner for too long they were cleaned with lemon*, ice, and salt. The salt and ice acted as a mild abrasive while the lemon juice destroyed the burnt coffee odor. Just load the ingredients in the decanter and shake it.
Once a week I toss the filter basket and decanter in the dishwasher. Before I reassemble the unit I wipe the hot water dispenser and the warming plate.
Once a month I run a mixture of 2/3 water and 1/3 vinegar through the machine, followed by two pots of plain water.
You can find everything you wanted to know about how a standard coffee maker works here.
*Don’t throw that lemon out if you have a garbage disposal, turn the disposal on and drop in the slice. The oil from the rind will kill odors.
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