Did that last cup from your coffee maker taste a bit weird? Does your machine brew for too long? Are there visible stains on its body? If the answers to any of the above is yes, or you’ve spotted any weird behaviour show up recently – it's time to clean your coffee maker.

You might be confused about whether it is worth cleaning your coffee maker – as opposed to just buying a new one. Let us tell you that it is totally worth it because it takes very little effort to get it done – almost as easy as brewing your daily cup of joe. Let us take you through the steps that are applicable to most coffee makers you can get in the market today.

Step 1: Change the filter and throw out any leftover coffee grounds and water.

Step 2: Prepare a vinegar-warm water solution with proportions as directed in the user manual.

Step 3: Put the solution in the reservoir of the coffee machine and start a clean cycle if your machine has one.

Step 4: If your machine doesn’t have a clean cycle, run a half brew cycle.

Step 5: Let the solution sit for an hour to tackle deep stains and mould buildup.

Step 6: Finish the brewing cycle after an hour.

Step 7: Discard the vinegar solution and clean the reservoir with warm water and soap.

Step 8: Wash the soap water and run three brew cycles with water at full capacity, changing the water each time.

Step 9: Wash the outside with warm water and soap or vinegar spray.

Step 10: Handwash the pot and the basket.

Step 11: After ensuring everything is dry, reassemble and use it as new.

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