How To Clean a Coffee Maker — Cleaning Lessons from The Kitchn

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My coffee-guzzling husband looked me in my non-coffee-guzzling eyes and stated with disgust, “Honey, this cup of coffee tastes like a foot.” Now, I’m not a coffee drinker, but I know a few things. One of these things is that coffee is not supposed to taste like feet. I think that’s a basic principle, right?

When the coffee you brew starts to taste bitter and funky it’s time to give your coffee machine a little extra love. A simple cleaning will help maintain freshness, remove hard water spots from the carafe, and prevent staining. It will also remove mineral buildup and clean out the coffee oils that get left behind and turn rancid. The best news? It’s easy to do and you probably have everything needed to freshen up your machine at home!

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