Use only a mild dish soap to clean the parts of your coffee maker. Harsh dish soaps with lots of chemicals have a tendency to leave a film on everything, and we don't want to be ingesting that with our coffee.
To clean the carafe and the water reservoir, scrub with a bottle brush. If you have build-up that's hard to remove on the bottom of your carafe, then let it soak in a mixture of white vinegar and water for a few hours.
Using one-part vinegar to one-part water, fill your water reservoir until nearly full.
If you don't have a removable water reservoir, then you'll measure this in your carafe and pour it into your reservoir.
Now you'll want to run the vinegar/water mixture through your coffee maker to descale it. If your coffee maker does not have a "Clean" function like mine, then you can simply brew as you would coffee.
- Press "Clean" or "Brew."
If you're using a "Clean" function, then this could take up to one hour.
If you're using "Brew":
- Let mixture run for a few minutes.
- Unplug coffee maker to allow the mixture to sit inside for a while.
- Let sit for a half-hour.
- Turn back on to finish brewing.