Clean your coffee maker using vinegar.

Clean your coffee maker using vinegar.

Yesterday it dawned on me that I don’t clean my coffee maker as often as I should.  Without a good cleaning every now and again, your coffee maker won’t operate efficiently and you just aren’t going to get the best cup of joe that you can.

You don’t need fancy-schmancy coffee maker cleaning tablets.  You don’t need a special filtering system.  You can clean your coffee maker for less than a buck.  You ready…?

Regular ole’ white vinegar.  You can pick up a big bottle of it for about $2.  Vinegar makes my coffee taste better. (For reals.)

Even running the carafe and the filter basket through the dishwasher regularly, there still seems to be a build up of, well, crud.   (Don’t you judge me!!!)

Simply pour about 2 cups of white vinegar into the machine instead of water and start the brewing cycle.  (Be sure there are no filters or old coffee grounds sitting around.  Hot vinegar smells bad enough… hot vinegar and old coffee grounds will make you head for the hills.  ew.

You’ll see flakey looking particles or floaties in the hot vinegar.  Pour out the hot vinegar and repeat this process two or three times, until there are no more floaties in the pot.

Run a cycle or two with clean water to rinse out the machine and you’ll be amazed by how much better your coffee maker will work.

I also have a great tip on a no-scrub way to clean your stove burners using just a little bit of ammonia.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. says

    I am just now schooling myself on the joys of cleaning with vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice, but this is one of the few I already knew because my mom always did this.

    Still, it’s pretty freaking cool.

    And your nails ARE super cute.

  2. says

    I’ve heard about this tip and have been wondering if it actually works or if I would still taste vinegar in my coffee. So good to know now that it works! Definitely trying it!

    Caroline @ Double the Decor

  3. says

    Thanks for the great tip! I’ll be cleaning my coffee pot tomorrow! I saw your share at The Frugal Girls Chic & Crafty Thursday – I’m a new follower. Have a great Friday!
    Cheers ~ Mary (

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