Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Thrifty Tip : Cleaning your Coffee Maker

No need to go out and buy special products to clean and deodorize your coffee maker... read on!   Tips collected from all over the internet and assembled here for your convenience.  :o)

Apply a paste of baking soda and water to the inside of the coffee pot, let it set for a little while.  Adding a bit of salt will give more abrasion if there are stains.  Scrub with a wet cloth and rinse.  (You can add some vinegar if you want the bubbles)
Scrub down your coffee pot with hot soapy water, inside and out. Rinse the pot after cleaning.

Run one of the following through the brewing cycle (a full coffee pot full - use a filter)):
- mixture of equal parts water and white vinegar
- straight white vinegar
- water with two denture-cleaning tablets
- water with the juice from a whole lemon (or two)
- water with dissolved citric acid (a packet of Tang!)
- water with baking soda
This will not only deodorize the coffee pot but the brewing unit itself.

Run three fresh pots of plain water through the unit to get rid of any residue.

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