How often to clean a coffee maker? (+5 tips)

In this article, we will answer the question “How often to clean a coffee maker?”, and how to clean a coffee maker?

How often to clean a coffee maker?

The brew basket, lid, and carafe should be cleaned after every use. Deep cleaning to remove the mineral deposits(descaling) can be performed once every 3 months. 

However, you may need to do It more frequently If you use hard water for brewing coffee or rinsed and not washed the carafe after using it to fill the water reservoir. 

Whatever may be the case, the appearance and performance of the coffee maker will be very telling of when you should be cleaning your machine.

How to clean a coffee maker with soap and water?

What you’ll need?

  • Soft cloth 
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Sponge
  • Paper towel (optional)


  1. After use, take out the brew basket. Dispose of the grounds. Discard the filter paper if non-reusable.
  1. Fill your sink halfway through with hot water. You can also use a container for this purpose. Make sure It is large enough to fit the coffee maker parts inside it.
  1. Now add the dishwashing liquid, specified for removing grease and oil, to the hot water.
  1. Immerse the brew basket and the permanent filter into the hot soapy water and wash it using the brushing action of a soft cloth or a sponge. Make sure every last bit of the coffee grounds and grease is removed.
  1. Empty the carafe of any remaining coffee. Submerge it in hot soapy water and wipe it clean using the sponge brush.
  1. Give a final rinse to the brew basket, carafe, and the permanent filter with warm water. Wipe the surface using a soft cloth. Set aside and let all the parts air dry.
  1. Lightly soak a soft cloth or paper towel in hot soapy water and wipe the outer and inner lid and the brewing area to remove any remaining coffee residues or stains. To remove the soap residue, wipe with a soft cloth wt with fresh water.
  1. When all the parts are nice and dry, put them back in the machine.

How to clean a coffee maker with vinegar?

This method is particularly used to remove the calcium buildup or descaling. Before using this method, make sure the machine’s manual does not prohibit the use of vinegar. 

Some manufacturers do not recommend using vinegar for descaling because the parts are made of metal. Instead of vinegar, baking soda and denture tablets can also be used.

What you’ll need?

  • Hot soapy water (made with hot water and dish detergent)
  • Vinegar
  • Soft cloth 


  1. As mentioned above, remove all the coffee parts like a carafe, brew basket, and filter paper(If permanent). Toss them in hot soapy water and wash them clean using the brushing action of a sponge.
  1. In a container, add vinegar and water in equal amounts.
  1. Place a paper filter in the brew basket If you use any. And slowly pour the water and vinegar solution into the water reservoir of your coffee machine.
  1. Run your coffee maker through a drip cycle. Stop it midway through the cycle and let the water sit for about 30 minutes to 1 hour to allow the solution to sit in the reservoir and the carafe.
  2. After 20-60 minutes, resume the drip cycle and let it finish. After that, remove the water and vinegar solution from the carafe and replace the filter paper If you are using it.
  1. Fill the water reservoir with plain water and run a full brew cycle. Discard the water, replace the filter paper If needed and run another brew cycle.
  1. Using hot soapy water, thoroughly clean the removable filter basket, permanent filter, and carafe. Changing the water filter is also a good hygienic practice. Finally, wipe clean the outer side of the coffee maker with a dampened soft cloth.

Other FAQs about Coffee Maker which you may be interested in.

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How to keep your coffee maker cleaner for longer?

  • Prefer using demineralized water when making coffee to avoid scaling.
  • When using a carafe to fill the water reservoir, make sure you are cleaning it afterward with hot soapy water every time.
  • If you leave them wet or moist coffee grounds in the coffee maker after brewing your coffee, you are actually favoring mold, yeats, or bacteria to grow. Avoid leaving the ground in the coffee maker for any length of time.
  • K-cup brewers require deep cleaning using impact needles. It is recommended to read the manufacturer’s instructions in this case.
  • Do not make speculations as to whether your coffee maker is dishwasher-safe or not. Refer to the user’s manual instead.


In this article, we answered the question “How often to clean a coffee maker?”, and how to clean a coffee maker?


Hello, I'm Sana Ameer. I'm a student of Food Science and Technology at UVAS. I like to bake and I aspire to become a Food blogger.