Just like any appliance that sees a lot of use, your coffee maker also needs a deep cleaning every once in a while.
Chances are, it’s been a while since you last cleaned your coffee maker. If you’re making coffee every single day, you should be performing a deep clean — or a descale — every three to six months to remove build-up of deposits, such as lime or bacteria.
Descaling your coffee maker should only take a few minutes and can improve the performance of your coffee maker, as well as the taste of the coffee it makes.
What you will need
To get started, you will need a large coffee mug, some distilled vinegar and filtered water. Before descaling, however, you should hand wash or wipe down any removable parts, so you will also need a damp wash cloth.
Descaling the coffee maker
Over months of use, lime, bacteria and other unwanted things can begin to build up inside your coffee maker, especially if you’re using a single-cup maker like a Keurig. And it’s easy to forget about, since there’s no way to visually discern if most coffee makers are due for a descaling.