The V Spot

Rants, observations and home decorating from a woman with no time for a blog.

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!



Kelli said...

February 16, 2012 at 3:28 pm
1. Cute red nails. 2. Ooh, I really need to do this because now I'm seeing my coffee pot and...ew!

MiMi said...

February 16, 2012 at 7:52 pm
i just bought a huge jug of vinegar last night.

Colleen said...

February 16, 2012 at 8:06 pm
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.

Daigle Family Happenings said...

February 17, 2012 at 12:05 am
any idea if this would work in a Keurig machine too?

Caroline said...

February 17, 2012 at 1:08 am
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

Mary ~ said...

February 17, 2012 at 1:25 am
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 (

Lisa ~ The SweetTalk Shop said...

February 17, 2012 at 1:41 am
I was just thinking today I needed to look up exactly how to clean my coffee maker. I remembered it from when my Mom used to clean here, but just couldn't remember the process.

Lisa ~ The SweetTalk Shop said...

February 17, 2012 at 3:43 am
I feel like I'm stalking now. LOL I wanted you to know I included you and this post in a new blog post on my site. You can check it out here.
Have a great weekend.

Laura@Elegant Nest said...

February 18, 2012 at 2:27 am
Thanks for sharing this tip. I just used white vinegar in my dishwasher to remove the stale odor...pour some in and run a rinse! I think vinegar is a bit of a miracle liquid!
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Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

February 24, 2012 at 12:46 am
Thanks for this great tip! Every time I walk to my coffee maker I get a waft of nasty smell, even though I've tried washing it. I'm going to try this tomorrow!

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

February 26, 2012 at 2:59 am
Okay, I'm back to tell you I love you. I did this yesterday and there is no more yucky old coffee smell lurking around my machine! Thank you so much for the tip. :)

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