How to Clean the 6 Most Common Coffee Makers

There's no better way to start the day than with a fresh cup of hot coffee. Whether you brew it in a French press, a Mr. Coffee, or a Keurig, it's an important part of our daily ritual. And of course, that means that there are French presses and coffee pots that need cleaning sooner or later.

Clean brewing systems are the secret and key to fresh-tasting coffee, but what's the best way to clean a Keurig? An Aeropress? A Chemex? Fear not, because here we have the ultimate guide to keeping your coffee brewers clean and happy.

1. Keurig

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When it comes to regular cleaning of your K-cup machine, the first thing to do is remove the parts and clean them thoroughly. This includes the reservoir, and the drip tray. Keurig also recommends clearing any debris from the needle with a paper clip.

Every three-six months, the machine should be descaled. There are two ways to do this. The first is to fill the reservoir with a solution of white vinegar and water, and run it through the machine with a K-Cup in the machine. That will clear out any residue that has built up.

There are also commercial descaler solutions on the market if you don't want to use vinegar.

2. Chemex

The best way to keep your Chemex sparkling and new is to mix together some ice water, dish soap and about two tablespoons of salt in the vessel and swirl it around to loosen the buildup.

An occasional wash with baking soda and hot water will also leave it shimmering.

3. Aeropress

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The Aeropress is a great little coffee contraption. It's also a simple one to clean. After using it, give it a good rinse with hot water. Every so often, clean underneath the rubber on the plunger - this can be a key spot for buildup.

4. Stovetop Espresso

Stovetop espresso makers, or Moka pots, are a classic brew method. They are elegant and can last a really long time if they are cared for properly. Made from either stainless steel or aluminum, the easiest way to keep these pots going strong is to fill the reservoir with water, and two teaspoons of lemon juice and vinegar. Let the water percolate without coffee in the pot, and then rinse.

Be aware that using soap on the aluminum pots can lead to buildup and your coffee tasting like soap.

5. Mr. Coffee

Mr. Coffee is a staple in many kitchens. There is a branded cleaner you can buy to keep your coffee pot going, but you don't need to if you have white vinegar on hand.

Simply add four cups to the reservoir and brew a batch without coffee in the filter. Afterward, run another brew cycle with just water.

6. French Press

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After enjoying a press of coffee, unscrew the filter and screen from the bottom (if they come off) and rinse all the pieces in hot water.

The glass beaker can be cleaned with soap or baking soda. Every few months, let the pieces soak in a vinegar and water solution to descale.

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