How To Clean a Coffee Maker with Bleach

There’s no doubt about how bleach is helpful for removing stains on white clothes. It can even be used for removing stains from other parts of the house. Bleach can sure remove stains on your coffee maker, too. But be careful. Misusing bleach for cleaning a coffee maker might only leave residue in the carafe, which might be mixed in the coffee. Strong bleach solution can also eat up plastic parts of your coffee maker.

Using bleach is not really ideal for cleaning coffee maker. Besides, there are safer ways to do that. But still, using bleach is possible. Just make sure you will be in a well-ventilated area when cleaning. Use it properly, too, by following the steps below:

  • Fill the carafe with a bleach solution. A carafe is a glass container where coffee is placed. Remove that from the coffee maker. Remove any coffee left in it. Pour about a teaspoon of bleach on it and add some water until the carafe is filled. Let the solution sit in there for at least 30 minutes. Don’t let the bleach solution fill the carafe for more than an hour.
  • Finish the carafe cleaning. Pour down the drain the bleach solution from the carafe. Rinse it using running water until you smell less bleach. Wash it using your dishwashing detergent to remove more bleach residues. Rinse the carafe until you can’t smell the bleach anymore.
  • Clean other parts of the coffee maker. Mix about a teaspoon of bleach to a liter of water. Dip a clean cloth or a clean sponge into that solution and start wiping the stained area on the coffee maker. Pay more attention on the exterior, though. Be careful not to wet the electric parts of the appliance.
  • Rinse. Damp a clean cloth with cool water. Wipe off the bleach solution you used a while ago. Keep on wiping the coffee maker until you can’t smell the bleach anymore.  Allow the coffee maker to dry completely. Wipe it with a clean and dry cloth as a finishing tough. Smell the coffee maker and the carafe for any bleach residues. If you smell some bleach, better rinse them again.

Bleach is used only for cleaning the coffee maker if you’ve tried everything and nothing works. Vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice are your safer options. Try these things before you use bleach.

  • Vinegar. Mix about two cups of water and two cups of vinegar. Run this mixture through the coffee maker. Turn it off and wait for an hour to let the mixture sit. Repeat this process and then discard the mixture after. Pour fresh water in and run it through the machine. Run the water through over and over again until the vinegar odor is gone.
  • Lemon juice. Use this as how you would use the vinegar—the same mixture and the same procedure.
  • Baking soda. This can be used as how vinegar and lemon juice would be used. Mix five tablespoons of baking soda to just enough water that can fill in the coffee maker. Run this through the machine at least two times. Replace the solution with fresh water and run this through the coffee maker for about three times.

Commercialized cleaners for coffee makers are widely available. Try these if none of the suggestions above worked. It may be more expensive but at least, it can be more effective and safer.


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