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      How to clean your coffee maker

      A hot cup of coffee straight from your coffee maker is the best way to get your day off to a great start. Make your morning cup as delicious as possible by avoiding weak and bitter coffee—brew your coffee in a clean coffee maker.

      While coffee makers may look clean on the outside, a study completed in 2011 by NSF International found coffee reservoirs to be among the top 10 germiest places in the home. In fact, about 50% of homes identified in the study were found to have coffee reservoirs with yeast and mold.

      To make sure your next cup of coffee is free of yeast and mold (and free of calcium and other mineral deposits that can build up over time), our experts in the Test Kitchen put together a guide on how to clean your coffee maker. The results will be a better tasting cup of coffee and a better performing coffee maker.

      Whether you want to know how to clean a drip coffee maker, how to descale any coffee maker, or how to clean a specific model like our FlexBrew® coffee maker, these tips will have you brewing a fresh pot of coffee in no time.

      How to Clean an Automatic Drip Coffee Maker with Vinegarhow-to-clean-your-coffee-maker-vinegar-800x800

      Mineral deposits from water and coffee residue can build up when you use your coffee maker over time. Both the flavor of your coffee and the performance of your coffee maker can be affected by this build-up. The best way to restore your coffee maker's performance and descale your coffee reservoir is to regularly clean your brewer using a vinegar and water solution following these steps:

      1. To clean and descale (remove calcium deposits) standard coffee makers, 2 cups (1 pint) of plain white vinegar into the water reservoir.
      2. Press the ON or BREW button. After 30 seconds, press OFF (or if you are cleaning a single serve FlexBrew press BREW again) to stop the brewing process— this ensures the vinegar is in the components of the coffee maker and can get to work on descaling. Wait 30 minutes.
      3. Press ON again and complete the brewing process with the vinegar. Press OFF when finished. If you are cleaning your FlexBrew single serve, brewing will stop automatically when cycle is complete.
      4. Run 2-3 more brew cycles with clean water only, allowing the machine to cool between cycles. This will ensure the vinegar is fully purged from the system. If you are cleaning a coffee maker with a removable reservoir, rinse the reservoir a couple of times before continuing with water.

      How to Clean a Coffee Maker's Hot Platehow-to-clean-your-coffee-maker-wipe-800x800

      If there are stubborn stains on the hot plate of your coffee maker, it's easy to clean! Just lay a wet paper towel over the cooled plate to soak until any stains are softened. Then, remove the paper towel and wipe clean.

      How to Clean a Coffee Maker's Stainless Steel Exterior

      Keep your coffee maker clean and shining like new with a quick wipe of a damp cloth in the direction of the metal grain. Then, buff it with a dry, soft cloth to achieve a brilliant shine.

      How to Clean the 2-Way FlexBrew® Coffee Maker

      From single-serve to a full pot of coffee, the 2-Way FlexBrew Coffee Maker is an incredible machine that offers the ultimate brewing flexibility at home. But how do you clean your FlexBrew? Each side has its own easy-fill water reservoir to clean—use these easy instructions to easily clean the components of your coffee maker.

      How to Clean the Carafe Side of Your FlexBrew Coffee Maker:
      1. Press the carafe button on the front panel of the FlexBrew coffee maker to select the carafe side.
      2. Pour 2 cups (1 pint) of plain white vinegar into the carafe water reservoir. Be sure to place the carafe on the hot plate to catch the vinegar.
      3. Press the BREW NOW I/O button once. After 30 seconds, press the BREW NOW I/O button again to stop the brewing and allow the vinegar to clean.
      4. After 30 minutes, press BREW NOW I/O again and allow the coffee maker to finish the brewing cycle.
      5. When the brew cycle is finished, empty the carafe and rinse.
      6. Run 2 to 3 more cycles of cold tap water through the machine.
      7. The carafe side of your coffee maker is now clean and ready to brew coffee!
      How to Clean the Single-Serve Side of Your FlexBrew:
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      1. Press the single-serve button on the front panel of the FlexBrew coffee maker to select the single-serve side.
      2. Pour 1 cup (273 ml) of plain white vinegar into the single-serve water reservoir. Be sure to place a 14-oz. (414-ml) or larger cup or travel mug underneath to catch the vinegar.
      3. Press the BREW NOW I/O button once. After 30 seconds, press the BREW NOW I/O button again to stop the brewing and allow the vinegar to clean.
      4. After 30 minutes, press BREW NOW I/O again and allow the coffee maker to finish the brewing cycle.
      5. When the brew cycle is finished, empty the carafe and rinse.
      6. Run 2 to 3 more cycles of cold tap water through the machine.
      7. The single-serve side of your coffee maker is now clean and ready to brew coffee!

      Note: Flexbrew components can be hand washed or washed in the top rack of your dishwasher. However, avoid using the "SANI" setting as the temperatures in this cycle can damage your product. Always check your coffee maker's Use and Care to confirm which parts are dishwasher safe! 


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