If coffee is an integral part of your daily routine, you’ll use the coffee maker day after day, month after month. When it comes to cleaning, they are dependable, cheap, but often ignored appliances.

We know you are usually clean your coffee maker. But it is still necessary to clean inside of the coffee maker itself. The coffee can become bitter because of the sediment builds up in the brewer. Lemon juice is an excellent and inexpensive cleaner for coffee makers. Because, the acid of the lomon juice dissolves the build-up in the coffee brewing process.

How to clean a coffee maker without vinegar

Things You Will Need:

Lemon Juice Concentrate
Dish Detergent


  • Make sure the coffee pot is empty, and then run a pot of cold, running water through the coffee pot.
  • Discard the water and turn the coffee maker to “Off”.
  • Refill the pot with 1/2 of water and 1/2 of concentrated lemon juice. 
  • Pour the mixture into the coffee maker, but do not turn the coffee maker on. Let the liquid sit in the pot well for 15 minutes.
  • Turn on the coffee pot and run the lemon and water through.
  • Turn the pot on and allow the water to remain in the pot for 15 minutes.
  • Wait for the lemon juice and water to cool. Turn the coffee maker back on and run the mix through again.
  • Discard the lemon and water after the second pass through. Fill the pot with cold, running water and run it through the coffee pot to rinse it. Do this twice, with cool, cool water each time.
  • Place the coffee pot and filter basket in a sink with hot, soapy water. Let it soak for 30 minutes.
  • Dip a sponge in the lemon juice and wash the inside of the coffee pot and basket. Rinse well.

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