How to Clean a Coffee Maker – The Quick Job Way

November 13, 2019


It is one of the most quintessential beverages to get mortal engines running in the morning.

However, there is nothing worse than grabbing a cup of hot coffee when you get to the office, sitting at your desk, and tasting a bitter fluid that you are desperately trying to choke down.

Regardless if you are at the office, home, at a PTA meeting or dorm room, having a clean coffee maker can make all the difference between a delicious cup of warming java and a sip of flat, acidic mud.

Plus, who wants mineral buildup, yeast and mold served with their coffee in the morning?

If you don’t know how to clean a coffee maker, it is straightforward.

You need to remove the detachable pieces, which include the filler basket and the carafe.

  1. It would be best if you cleaned the outside of the machine.
  2. You will want to clean the inside of the device.

For the first two steps, use a reliable product like Quick Job’s True All-Purpose Cleaner. For the third part, it is best to use a food-grade acidic product like white vinegar.

Removable Detachable Parts

The first thing you need to do is unplug your coffee maker to ensure your safety.

Remove the filler basket and the carafe. The filler basket is where the coffee filter and coffee go. Either it will slide out, or you lift the lid to remove it from its holder. The carafe will either be glass or an insulated container, which the coffee drips into after it brews.

Rinse both pieces in clean water to remove any large debris, such as old coffee grounds. Cleaning this area will also help to eliminate coffee stains and oils that have glued themselves to the machine over time.

In a large bowl, mix ¼ c of Quick Job’s True All Purpose Cleaner with two cups of water. Pour half of the solution into the carafe and let it soak for ten minutes. Soak the filler basket in the remaining solution in the bowl for about ten minutes.

Once you soak the detachable parts, rinse them thoroughly with clean water, or run them through your next load in your dishwasher. It’s that simple!

The Exterior of the Coffee Machine

Spray the outside of your coffee maker with Quick Job’s True All Purpose Cleaner; our General Cleaning ratio of 10:1 is perfect for this scenario.

Wipe down the exterior of the coffee maker. The outside of the machine includes the top, sides, buttons, and the warming plate.

Once the machine is clean, use the other side of the microfiber cloth to remove any remaining cleaner so that your device is left with a polished look, and allow it to air dry.

Descaling the Inside of the Coffee Maker

Hard water buildup is one of the significant factors that will give your coffee a bitter taste. These mineral deposits take on an alkaline (basic) pH. To remove the buildup thoroughly, use an acidic cleaner such as white distilled vinegar. Quick Job’s True All-Purpose Cleaner is also alkaline, so don’t use it for the inside of the coffee machine.

If you are worried about your coffee tasting like pickles, don’t be. After you complete the last step, and the coffee maker can dry, the vinegar smell and taste will disappear- and so will the gross deposits that are making your coffee taste funky.

Fill your coffee water reservoir with equal parts of vinegar and water in a 1:1 solution. If you use six cups of vinegar, make sure that you dilute the vinegar with six cups of water. Put a new paper filter in the filler basket. This process will help catch any debris from the reservoir and pump system during the cleaning process.

Plugin and turn on your coffee maker. Brew the solution halfway, and shut off the coffee maker. Let the solution sit in the carafe for half an hour. Once this time has passed, turn the coffee maker back on and brew the rest of the vinegar solution. This process will allow for the deposits to detach from the lining of your coffee maker and then be flushed out.

Dump the water and vinegar solution from the carafe and toss the first paper filter. Fill the reservoir with clean water and put a new paper filter in the filler basket. Brew the entire tank of water. Once you have done this, do this step one more time. Dump the water and filter, fill the reservoir with clean water, and use a new filter, brew the water, and dump.

Once you have pumped two reservoirs of water through your newly cleaned coffee maker, open the lid and let the coffee maker reservoir and carafe completely air dry. That’s it! That’s all you need to know about how to clean a coffee maker.


Once you have completed all of these steps and have given your coffee maker ample time to dry, you will be amazed at how wonderful your next cup of coffee is going to taste.

Removing dust and debris, along with mineral buildup within the coffee maker, will allow you to taste the rich flavor of the grounds with no bitter aftertaste.

Using Quick Job’s True All-Purpose Cleaner will help you accomplish having a clean coffee maker, almost to the point where it is like brand new again.