No bleach or harsh chemicals required.
Coffee makers are literal hotbeds of bacteria and yeast, which means that it's important to be diligent about cleaning them. Luckily, it’s an easy process to clean your drip machine and you don’t need anything other than water and vinegar. And here's how it's done:
- Pour equal parts white vinegar and water into your coffee maker. Tip: you can measure how much using your coffee carafe.
- Start the brew cycle as you normally would. Let the water and vinegar solution go through the brew cycle and turn off your coffee maker once done.
- Toss the solution (which will have snagged calcium deposits as well as bacteria and yeast).
- Run clean water through your brewer at least twice to remove any vinegar residue. This will also serendipitously clean out your carafe.
And you're done! It’s not necessary to do this daily, once a month is perfectly ideal.