Give Your Coffee Machine Some TLC!
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Give Your Coffee Machine Some TLC!

27 Sep Give Your Coffee Machine Some TLC!

By Zeynep Mehmetoglu

Who doesn’t love a good cup of coffee, especially in the morning as you head out? It is one of the most used kitchen appliances, but can also be one of the dirtiest, mold and yeast growing appliances. This is due to the fact that it sits with water and over time the wet machine can start growing mold and the parts can develop calcification.

It is a good idea to take apart the coffee machine parts and rinse them with soap and water after each use, but also every month it will be beneficial to descale your coffee machine. This way, it will inhibit the growth of mold and the coffee machine will run efficiently if there aren’t calcified parts.


  1. Fill your coffee carafe with equal parts white vinegar and water.
  2. Pour into the water reservoir.
  3. Let the coffee machine run a half brew cycle.
  4. Turn the coffee machine off and let the white vinegar and water sit in the machine for thirty minutes to one hour.
  5. Turn the coffee machine back on and finish the brew cycle.
  6. Fill the water reservoir with clean water two more times and run the coffee machine for a full brew cycle. This will get all of the vinegar out.
  7. Dry all the parts and leave the water reservoir lid open to dry it out.

Most standard coffee machines can be descaled using this method, but be sure to check the owner’s manual of your coffee machine for specific cleaning instructions. Some single cup espresso and coffee machines have their own specific descaling kits to use.


Zeynep Mehmetoglu is the owner of Maid Bright, a residential cleaning company that is based out of Sterling, Virginia. Find out more about Maid Bright at