If you use your coffee maker daily, you have probably noticed that it can get build-up deposits on it, says a 40+ year old Residential Cleaning Service in Evanston, IL. For daily cleaning, either place the empty pot on the top rack of the dishwasher or wash it by hand. The rest of the appliance can be wiped down with a damp cloth. Some coffee makers have removable filter holders. If your does, remove it and rinse it in the sink as well. Once a week, clean the coffee maker's interior:
Pour 1 cup of vinegar in the water reservoir and fill it to the top with hot tap water.
Turn the coffee maker on and run it as if you were making coffee, but with just the vinegar-water solution.
When the cycle finishes, pour hot vinegar solution in a container and set it aside.
Run the coffee maker again with plain tap water to remove remaining residue. This will make the coffee pot cleaner and make the coffee taste better as well.
For particularly tough coffee stains, fill the coffeepot with water and add about 3 tsp of cream of tartar. Stir the cream of tartar until it is completely dissolved, and run water through the coffee maker. Use a coffee filter as if you were making a pot of coffee. When the pot is full, let the water cook. Scrub the pot with a soft cloth or sponge and rinse well. If any stains remain, rub table salt into the stain with a wet, soft cloth.
For eco-friendly cleaning practices, says a 40+ year old Residential Cleaning Service in Evanston, Il., reuse all the water you have used to clean the coffee maker. Use the plain water to feed your plants. The vinegar solution can be used to clean the garbage disposal or sink drain.