We have all had that cup of coffee that tastes overly bitter or worse, like mud. If your coffee maker has not been cleaned in a while, it may not be the person that made the coffee. More than likely, you need to clean your coffee maker to remove the remnants that stay behind after each pot. However, there is no need to spend a lot of money on some expensive cleaning solution, because cleaning the coffee maker with vinegar works just as well.
1.If there is any coffee in pot, dump and rinse the pot. If there is an old filter in the basket or holding area, remove that and any loose coffee grinds that are left behind.
2.Fill the coffee pot one third of the way with white vinegar and then fill the remainder of the pot with water.
3.Pour the mixture into the water reservoir as you would when making a regular pot of coffee. Turn the coffee maker on brew cycle and allow solution to run through a full cycle. When the solution has drained completely, turn off your coffee maker.
4.Let solution sit in coffee pot for about 15 minutes and then dump it out.
5.Rinse pot, refill with regular water and run the brew cycle again on the coffee maker. Repeat this cycle two to three times, turning the coffee pot off between each cycle, letting the entire machine cool down before repeating.
6.Remove basket from machine and wash it and the coffee pot in warm, soapy water. Rinse them both out thoroughly and allow to air dry.
Now that the coffee maker is clean, you need to keep it that way! You do not have to wait until the coffee starts to taste “off” again. Most manufacturers recommend cleaning the pot about once a month with regular usage.