Keurig, espresso machines, and other single cup coffee makers keep coffee simple, but over time hard water, lime, and other minerals can lead to internal scale buildup and contamination, affecting purity, taste, and ultimately damaging your coffee maker. This can also happen to simple coffee pots; anything that uses water can be affected, and the heat makes it even worse.
Oh, and have you heard of that old folktale about using vinegar to get rid of lime? Give it a try if you want to waste your time and end up frustrated at how it does absolutely nothing to the buildup. I once left a shower head in a bag with vinegar overnight, thinking it would get rid of the lime clogs that were stopping the water from coming out. The next morning, I could see that the lime buildup had a good laugh and was still there, totally unaffected. And with the extreme temperatures you use to make coffee its much more difficult to get rid of these rock-solid deposits, since they stick to the small orifices and prevent the water from being poured as it should.
So, how DO you clean a coffee maker or a coffee pot? Well, stop using vinegar and other “magical” solutions and instead use products that are specifically designed to get rid of this problem. The following are some of the best coffee maker and coffee pot cleaners; check out our reviews and decide on which one would be the best match for your needs. It is recommended to give your coffeemaker a good cleaning every three months, but if you are a true coffee lover or live in a place with hard water, then you might need to clean it up more frequently. Once a month should be perfect to keep the machine in top condition. Show your coffee the love it deserves by regularly cleaning your coffee maker with the proper cleaning solution.
Essential Values Universal Descaler For Espresso and Keurig Coffee Machines
Lime scale and mineral buildups aren’t the only thing that affects your coffee maker. Residual oil starts to also build up after several machine uses. The Essential Values cleaner will descale and clean the coffee maker at the same time. It can be used on practically any Keurig, Keurig 2.0, Tassimo, Delonghi, Bosch, Nespresso, and Single Cup Coffee and Espresso machines. No matter what the brand is, be it Black and Decker, Hamilton Beach, Capresso or Bunn, it will work.
To clean the coffee maker, you just pour half a bottle into the water reservoir and then add clean water until it is full, brew until the solution is all out, and run three cycles with just fresh water to get all the cleaning solution out of the system. Each bottle is enough for two cleaning cycles, and since this is a two-pack you have enough cleaning solution for lots of fresh coffee.
Full Circle Coffee Machine Cleaner – Cleaning Powder
If you want a cleaner that is safe, non-toxic, biodegradable, and free of phosphates, look no further. Full Circle breaks down that tough limescale buildup, and is one of the brands that places like Starbucks use to clean their professional coffee makers. Unlike that smelly vinegar, it is odor-free and rinses away thoroughly, leaving no aftertaste.
Full Circle coffee machine cleaner is ideal for drip coffee makers, single cup coffee makers like Nespresso, Keurig or Verisimo, manual espresso machines, and automatic espresso machines. Keurig 1.0, Keurig 2.0, Delonghi, Nespresso, Ninja, Hamilton Beach, Mr. Coffee, Braun, Bunn, Tassimo, Varismo, Krups, Cuisinart, Saeco, Senseo, and all other brands can be used safely wit this coffee cleaner. Just mix a packet of powder into the water, pour the solution into the water tank, brew it through the machine and flush it out with a couple of fresh water brews. Each box has two single use packets.
Descaling Solution Coffee Maker Cleaner
HaleFresh brings an all-natural solution to those coffee maker cleaning tasks. The bottle contains a universal, easy to use solution that can last for 8 cleaning cycles. Proudly made in the USA, it works on all machines: Keurig, Sauce, Gaggia, Ninja, Nespresso, Breville, Cuisinart, and others. Removing calcium deposits will get rid of buildup that affects the coffee’s taste, and this cleaner does it in a quick and odorless manner.
The bottle contains 16 fl. Oz, and you need to use 2 oz in the water tank to clean the coffee maker. If you’re wondering what this coffee cleaner ingredients are, you’ll be glad to know that its just citric acid and water. Can’t get more natural than that!
Brew Rite Coffee Maker Cleaner
With Brew Rite you can clean your coffee maker from the inside and the outside. Made with non-acidic sodium carbonate as its main ingredient, it is a powder that removes hidden mineral deposits and improves your brewing time. It also gets rid of those bitter coffee oils and makes the coffee maker run more efficiently.
Brew Rite can be used on any type of coffee machine models: automatic drip, expresso, cappuccino, percolators, urns, and more. Just mix one tablespoon of powder for every four cups of water, brew this solution, and discard. If there is a milk frothing wand it can also be cleaned by immersing the wand into the cleaning solution for a couple of minutes. And once you’re done, moisten a towel with the cleaning solution and give the exterior of the machine a good rub to clean it up and make it sparkle.
Urnex Clearly Coffee Pot Cleaner
Coffee pots can get dirty fast, but Urnex can get rid of coffee oil and stains on glass bowls, airpots, thermal servers, single cup brewers, presses, and satellite brewers. NSF certified, it is safe to use on stainless steel, and its blue color makes it easier to notice to ensure proper rinsing. You can even use it to get rid of those nasty stains inside your coffee cups and mugs; just let them soak in the solution and give them a good brush.
Speaking of brushes, this makes it much easier to clean your coffee pots. The brush we recommend is bendable, but also stiff enough to keep its shape while you’re cleaning the pot. It will get into all the nooks and crannies and works like a charm.
Mr. Coffee Coffeemaker Cleaner
Made for automatic brewers, Mr. Coffee cleaner removes all unseen lime scale and mineral deposits, laving behind no unpleasant odors. It also removes stains and bitter oils to provide a better tasting coffee, and is simple to use.
Empty the contents of the packet into the coffee decanter and fill it up with four or five cups of water. Mix until the solution turns blue, and pour it into the water tank. Turn the coffee maker on and let it empty the tank, and then brew two or three tanks of fresh water to rinse it out until it is colorless. Easy as can be!