It is a grand and wonderful thing to clean your coffeemaker out every month. It is also a good idea to clean it out right before the holidays… you will likely be drinking coffee after Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner with your dessert and in the mornings after late holiday parties.
I am going to show you how to clean the coffeemaker out with no harsh chemicals…. with water and vinegar.
Start by wiping off the outside of coffee maker with a mild soap and water. Any inside parts… dip your cloth in a bowl of warm water and vinegar (wring out before wiping).
Fill the pot with 1/2 water and 1/2 vinegar. Run the solution through the coffeemaker. Let it sit in the pot for about a half hour. (Turn off the coffeemaker).
Once the pot is cool. Run water through the coffeemaker. Turn off the base and let the water sit in the pot until it is cool. Do this 1-2 more times. You are flushing out the system (not to mention getting rid of any vinegar taste).
Leave any doors or sliders open on the coffee maker to allow it to completely dry.
Fill the sink with a bit of warm soapy water (mild soap) or a solution of water and vinegar. With a soft dish cloth, clean the pot. Concentrate your energies on any coffee stains. I have used a sprinkle of baking soda on any stubborn spots. The baking soda is not abrasive but I don’t recommend rubbing too hard. Rinse the pot well and allow to dry. Remember to wash the lid as well.
Give the pot a good polish with a flour sack or microfiber towel.
Stand back and admire your work.
Time to complete… about 2 hours (includes wait time while pot cools)
Difficulty… quite easy