Cleaning a coffee maker is a very simple and easy thing to do.
All that is needed to clean the coffee maker is vinegar, water, mild dishwashing detergent, a dish sponge, and a dish rag. It is recommended by most manufacturers that the coffee maker be cleaned after each use in order to get the best flavor out of your coffee. If cleaning the coffee maker after each use is unreasonable then try to clean it at least once a week for similar results. Cleaning the coffee maker on a regular basis will help lengthen its life and keep your coffee tasting its best.
Before you begin cleaning the coffee maker make sure the coffee grounds and paper filter have been removed from the filter cup. To clean the coffee maker mix one half cup of vinegar with four cups of water, then pour the mixture into the coffee maker. Turn the coffee maker on so that vinegar and water solution can run through the coffee maker. Once the entire solution has drained into the coffee pot turn off the coffee maker and allow it to cool completely; this should only take about thirty minutes.
Empty the vinegar and water solution out of the coffee pot, do not reuse the solution. Make another solution of one half cup of vinegar with four cups of water and repeat the cleaning process. Running the vinegar and water solution through the coffee maker twice will ensure that the coffee maker is in fact clean. If the vinegar and water solution is discolored after the second time through the coffee maker clean it again. Do not use bleach or detergent to clean out the coffee maker. Using anything other than vinegar and water to clean out the coffee maker could make the coffee drinker extremely ill and possibly break the coffee maker.
Allowing four cups of plain water to run through the coffee maker after the second cleaning is optional. Let the coffee maker and coffee pot cool down completely before moving on to the next step in the cleaning process. Once the coffee pot has cooled down completely empty the water out of the pot and rinse it out with warm water; do not use cold water because it could cause the pot to break. Using a mild dish washing detergent and dish sponge gently clean out the coffee pot and filter cup.
With a wet dish rag wipe down the outside of the coffee maker and the heating pad surface to remove any dust that may have settled on the unit. A mild dish washing detergent and some elbow grease might be needed to clean any brown burn marks off of the heating pad surface of the coffee maker. If detergent is needed be sure to rinse the heating pad surface thoroughly to eliminate the possibility of harmful chemical agents being released during the heating process.
Re-attach the filter cup to the coffee maker and place a paper filter inside of it for the next use. Make sure that the coffee pot is completely dry inside and out then place it back on the heating pad surface of the coffee maker. Try to clean the coffee pot after each use if possible to remove any staining residue left in the pot.