How to clean a coffee maker using baking soda

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How do you like to kick start your morning? At BushBeard we always start our day with a steaming-hot cup of joe. It provides the perfect energy boost to shed yesterday’s fatigue and get us all raring to go for the long day ahead.

Now, you might have mastered the art of brewing your favorite beverage using your home coffee machine, but do you know how to clean your coffee maker correctly? If the answer is no, don’t worry, you’re not the only one. Here you will learn how to clean your coffee machine properly using baking soda and pick up a few extra tips to help you take good care of your machine.

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A regularly used and dirty coffee maker easily retains harmful bacteria, coffee oils, and hard water deposits. Without the proper care and cleaning, your machine could fail you right when you need that morning caffeine boost the most. So, to make sure you’re Monday mornings always start smoothly, its best to keep your coffee maker well-cleaned. You’ll find this helps it run faster and safer.

To ensure your coffee maker runs correctly you should ideally maintain regular cleaning practices after use, by washing the carafe, and the coffee filter, as well as emptying the used coffee grounds after each use. You should always follow the manufacturers’ instructions on whether parts are dishwasher safe or hand wash only.

Regularly cleaning your coffee machine should only take 5-10 minutes, and can prolong the life of your machine, as well as improve the quality of your brew. Apart from this, we recommend giving your coffee machine a deep clean once a month to keep it working at its best so you can continue to enjoy exceptional coffee at home.

How to Clean a Coffee Maker

Cleaning your coffee maker can be made easy and fun but doing it wrong lead to poor hygienic conditions and poor functioning of the machine. Dont underestimate the impact a dirty coffee machine can have on your morning brew. You dont necesarily need to invest in a cleaning formula to get good results. Using baking soda is an easy, efficient and costeffective way to make your home coffee maker sparkle. Follow these simple steps to clean your coffee maker using baking soda.


To get started, combine one spoonful of baking soda and half a liter of hot water. Its important that the water is hot so that the baking soda will properly dissolve. The amount of mixture you will need may vary based on the size of your machine.


Pour the mixture into the coffee machine reservoir just as you would normally do when preparing coffee. Turn on the machine and wait as it brews. Let it brew until it gets to almost half of the coffee pot.

Allow the mixture to rest for 20 minutes before turning the machine on again and letting it continue to brew for some time. By the end of the brewing, the whole mixture should be filtered and you can dispose of the liquid.

Rinse and Repeat

After cleaning your machine with baking soda or a cleaning solution it is essential to rinse your machine thoroughly. Fill your coffee maker reservoir with clean water and let it brew. When it finishes brewing empty the liquid and repeat the process. This ensures that any traces of baking soda are rinsed away so you dont get a salty brew the next morning.

Wipe it down

Now that you have cleaned the internal elements of your coffee maker its time to tackle the body of your machine. Soak a medium-sized towel in clean water and squeeze it out until it is damp. Wipe down the exterior of the coffee maker to remove any dust, stains, and coffee grounds.

Extra Notes

Cleaning a coffee maker is vital to prologing the life expectancy of your machine and maintinaing your high brewing standards. Make sure that you follow the instruction manual while cleaning at all times.

It’s important that the cleaning process is undertaken thoroughly and regularly to keep your coffee machine in excellent condition. You should match your cleaning schedule to your usage so if you are a regular coffee drinker like us, we recommend deep-cleaning your machine once a month.

Make sure you store your coffee maker safely when not in use. If you are storing your coffee maker in a cupboard, make sure that the components are dry to avoid any mold or mildew from building up.

Follow this simple cleaning method to enjoy a smooth morning brew, that will see you through every day of the week.

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The more refined, sensible (and slight less hirsute) half of BushyBeard Coffee. Ben loves fine roasts, strong dark coffee and quiet time spent with a good book.

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