How To Clean A Cuisinart Coffee Maker
Having a coffee maker at home is super handy and can help you save a significant amount of money.
However, if you haven’t owned a Cuisinart coffee maker before, you might be alarmed when the ‘clean’ light comes on if you don’t know how to clean it properly.
In this article, I will cover how to thoroughly clean your Cuisinart coffee maker, so you know how to give your coffee machine the TLC it deserves to ensure that it lasts for years to come.
So, let’s get into it.
A Guide On How To Clean A Cuisinart Coffee Maker
Step One - Completely Empty Your Coffee Maker
To begin the cleaning process, you will first need to empty your coffee maker. Start by pulling out the pot and the filter basket and set aside.
Step Two - Make A Water And Vinegar Cleaning Solution
Next, you will need to make a cleaning solution out of water and vinegar. Add one part vinegar and two parts water to a jug. Following this, fill the coffee maker’s reservoir completely.
If you have a 12-cup reservoir, you will need to fill the jug with four cups of vinegar and eight cups of water and pour it into the reservoir.
Step Three - Run A Cleaning Cycle
Depending on your machine, you might or might not have a ‘clean’ button. If you do, press it to run a cleaning cycle. This cycle will typically take longer than a normal brew cycle that you’d expect for a carafe of coffee.
Once the cycle has finished, the machine will beep a few times to make you aware that it has finished.
If your coffee machine doesn’t have a ‘clean’ button, you will need to press the ‘brew’ button instead. However, for a more thorough clean, you can turn off the coffee maker for an hour or more and then turn it back on to allow the cycle to finish.
Step Four - Run A Rinse Cycle
Once the cleaning cycle has finished, it’s time to run a rinse cycle. In order to rinse your coffee machine, you will need to fill the reservoir with water and brew.
Repeat this process at least once, but ideally twice to ensure that you have thoroughly cleaned any leftover vinegar cleaning solution out of your coffee machine.
Step Five - Let The Machine Cool Completely
After the machine has had a thorough clean inside, you will need to unplug the coffee maker for a minimum of half an hour to ensure that it is cool to the touch.
Step Six - Wash The Removable Parts Of The Coffee Maker
Next, you will need to grab a bowl of hot, soapy water and a clean sponge. Once you’ve got your water, you need to clean all of the removable parts of the coffee maker and clean them.
This includes the carafe, filter, and the base of the coffee maker. If the warming plate is also stained with coffee, then you should grab your sponge and give it a good wipe down.
Make sure that you give everything a good rinse and there is no soap residue left on any parts of the coffee maker.
You should never use harsh scrubbing pads or steel wool on your coffee maker, as you risk scratching and damaging the exterior of the machine.
Step Seven - Allow The Removable Parts Of The Coffee Maker To Dry Completely
Once you have cleaned and rinsed the removable parts of your coffee maker, you need to allow them to dry completely.
Place all of the pieces on a clean dish towel on your kitchen counter and allow them to dry before you attempt to put the coffee machine back together.
Step Eight - Reassemble Your Coffee Maker
Once all of the coffee maker’s removable pieces have dried, you need to put all of the pieces back together!
Reassemble your coffee maker and you’re set to enjoy a delicious hot cup of joe!
Notes When Cleaning Your Cuisinart Coffee Maker
Make Sure That You Rinse Your Coffee Maker Thoroughly
Whichever cleaning products you decide to clean your coffee maker with, you will always need to make sure that you thoroughly clean and rinse the machine after you’re done.
If you fail to properly rinse the soap suds and vinegar out of your coffee maker, it will leave a bitter taste in your mouth and will affect the taste of your coffee. After all, waking up in the morning is hard enough without a mouthful of soap!
Never Use Harsh Steel Wool To Clean Your Coffee Maker
A coffee maker is an expensive investment that you want to ensure withstands the test of time. In order to keep your coffee maker in the best possible condition, you need to choose gentle cleaning cloths.
Never opt for steel wool scouring cloths, as this will likely scratch your coffee maker and ruin its appearance.
Never Reassemble Your Coffee Maker While It Is Still Wet
If you fail to allow your coffee maker to air dry completely before you reassemble it, you are likely to end up with a mold problem. This can lead to a variety of different problems, and it will also ruin the taste of your coffee!
Have patience and allow your coffee maker parts to dry completely before you reassemble it.
Can You Clean A Cusinart Coffee Machine Without Vinegar?
Yes, there are a few alternatives you can use to clean a coffee maker if you’d rather not use white vinegar or simply don’t have any.
You can use dish soap to clean your entire coffee maker as a substitute for vinegar. You will just need to make sure that you run it on a few more rinse cycles to ensure that all of the soap is out.
Alternatively, you could opt for lemon juice instead of vinegar using a 1:1 ratio. Run it on a brew cycle in the same way as well as a rinse cycle and allow it to dry.
So, there you have it! Hopefully you now have a better understanding of how to clean your Cuisinart coffee maker.
Make sure that you follow these useful tips to keep your coffee maker in the best possible condition for years to come.
Good luck and Happy cleaning!