How to use self-clean on the Cuisinart coffee maker?

In this article, we will answer the question “How to use self-clean on the Cuisinart coffee maker?”, and how to clean a Cuisinart Coffee Maker?

How to use self-clean on the Cuisinart coffee maker?

First, you need to pour a mixture of vinegar and water into the water reservoir until full. Then press the self-clean button and voila! To make the water and vinegar mixture, stir ⅓ white vinegar into ⅔ water. This article also includes a brief guide on how to clean a Cuisinart Coffee Maker. 

How to clean a Cuisinart Coffee Maker?

Method 1: Cleaning the Water Reservoir 

  1. For the smooth functioning of your coffee maker, you need to decalcify it after every 6 months (in case of infrequent use) and after 1 month If you use it at least one time each day. The clean button on your Cuisinart will signal the need for descaling by starting to flash.
  1. Remove the used coffee grounds from the carafe and the basket along with any used paper filters.
  1. Carefully measure the water and vinegar solution(3:1) so that It fills up the reservoir to the neck generally, a 12-cup coffee maker will require 4 cups of vinegar and 8 cups of water to fill the reservoir to the full extent.
  1. When the Clean light flashes, punch the On/Off button to ensure the coffee maker is in Clean mode. Due to the in-between pauses, the Clean cycle will last 2-3 times longer than the normal brew.
  1. If your machine does not have a Clean button, you can just run the coffee maker as you would normally but of course with water and vinegar in the reservoir. For deep cleaning, shut the coffee maker off halfway through the Clean cycle, pause for an hour, and start again.
  1. If one cycle fails to clean your coffee maker, you can run another cycle after the machine has fully cooled down. Use a fresh mixture of vinegar and water. Similarly, If the Clean button keeps flashing after running the first cycle, run another Clean cycle.
  1. After the Clean cycle, you need to run 2-3 cycles with water only to ensure the complete removal of vinegar residues. Let the carafe cool before running this cycle, particularly If the coffee marker has a glass pot.

Method 2: Washing the rest of the Machine 

  1. Turn the machine off and disconnect the power. Then allow the coffee maker to cool for at least 30 minutes. It might take longer in most cases. 

Never expose your coffee maker to water, especially the base that has heating elements, while the coffee maker is still plugged in. This can lead to an electric shock.

  1. Remove the filter basket from the coffee maker, remove the used coffee grounds and filters from the carafe. Some models have a removable coffee grinder basket and a detachable reservoir lid, take that out as well.
  1. Wash the filter basket, carafe, and other detachable items of the coffee maker with a sponge and hot soapy water. Do not use harsh scrubbers like steel wool. 

If any of the items have very stubborn scaling, consider soaking them in warm soapy water for some time until It comes off easily. 

The top rack of the dishwasher can also be used for this purpose. Let the pieces air-dry completely before re-assembling them.

  1. Use a slightly damp dishcloth to wipe the body of the coffee maker, especially the area beneath the filter basket. Water should not come into contact with the motor of the built-in coffee grinder. 

Similarly, the base unit should also stay away from direct contact with water because It has electrical parts. 

  1. Apply a small amount of dishwasher soap on the damp cloth to wipe the area under and around the carafe. After removing the stubborn stains, wipe the area with a clean and damp dishcloth. The coffee maker should be unplugged and cool while you do the cleaning. 
  1. After cleaning the detachable items and the body of the coffee maker, It is time to reassemble the machine. Make sure everything is completely dry. Put the filter basket and the carafe back into the machine. Do not forget the lids. 

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

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What to do If Cuisinart Coffee Maker Self-Clean is Not Working?

  1. Make sure the problem is not just due to a loose plug.  A loose plug fails to supply the power to your appliance.
  2. Next, you need to make sure that the power supply is functional.
  3. Thirdly, check the wiring of the Cuisinart coffee maker. Make sure It is upright.


In this article, we answered the question “How to use self-clean on the Cuisinart coffee maker?”, and how to clean a Cuisinart Coffee Maker?


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