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How to Clean Your Mr. Coffee (Quick & Easy)

How to clean your Mr. Coffee

There’s nothing quite as dependable as a Mr. Coffee drip machine. Set it up, turn it on, and you have a delicious pot of coffee in no time. But when your machine starts looking less than sparkling, what’s the best way to clean it?

We’re here to help! Keep reading for the easiest way to clean your Mr. Coffee, plus a few tips to keep it clean.

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Regular Cleaning

The easiest way to keep your Mr. Coffee clean is to rinse it after every use. After you finish a pot of coffee, rinse the carafe thoroughly and let it dry. Remove and discard the filter as soon as the machine cools down.

You may also want to avoid leaving coffee in the carafe for too long. It’s easy to forget, but the longer you leave it, the more coffee you’ll need to scrub off later. When washing your carafe, avoid scented soaps, which can leave odd flavors when you brew your new pot. To avoid damaging the carafe, use a soft, non-abrasive sponge.

Deeper Cleaning

 Every 90 brew cycles, you’ll want to do a deeper clean. Depending on how often you make coffee, this could be once every month or two. If you have hard water or notice a buildup in your machine, this is especially important.

To remove these mineral deposits, you’ll need a cleaning solution. You can buy a cleaning solution online, but white vinegar also works well.

1. Pour in the cleaning solution

Pour vinegar into Mr. Coffee

Pour 4 cups of white vinegar or cleaning solution into your machine’s empty water reservoir.

2. Add a filter.

Put an empty filter into the filter basket.

3. Turn the machine on.

Brew Mr. Coffee with water to clean

Let your Mr. Coffee brew into the carafe using the cleaning solution. Once it’s brewed, let the solution sit in the carafe for at least 30 minutes.

4. Rinse thoroughly.

Dump out the solution and rinse your carafe thoroughly. Throw away the filter.

5. Add water and brew again.

Mr. Coffee cleaning

Pour a full pot of water into the reservoir and replace the carafe. Brew as normal. Repeat this step to ensure that the machine is thoroughly rinsed.

6. Enjoy your clean machine!

That’s it! Your Mr. Coffee is now ready to brew a tasty cup of joe.


Kate MacDonnell

Kate is a lifelong coffee enthusiast and homebrewer who enjoys writing for coffee websites and sampling every kind of coffee known to man. She’s tried unusual coffees from all over the world and owns an unhealthy amount of coffee gear.

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