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How To Clean Your Mr Coffee Machine

How To Clean Your Mr Coffee Machine

It’s easy to forget to clean your coffee machine when you wipe down your kitchen.

You don’t really look inside it to see any dirt that could be present, so it ends up being left alone – and this causes it to become very dirty and unhygienic over time.

Why should you clean your coffee machine?

Dirt that accumulates in your coffee machine can cause bacteria and mold to grow. Not only are these bad for your health but they can also cause your coffee to taste bad.

Although you might think that your coffee machine can simply be cleaned with boiling water, this is simply not enough to keep the machine clean.

It’s also important to realize there are many nooks and crannies in your coffee machine that can become really dirty over time, such as spouts and nozzles, so you really want to get in there and clean your coffee machine from top to bottom!

How To Clean Mr. Coffee Machine

Mr. Coffee is a brand that produces automatic-drip coffee machines and some other products. You want to keep your Mr. Coffee machine clean so it can work at its best, but how are you supposed to clean it?

Perhaps you’ve even avoided cleaning it until now because you’ve been worried about damaging it. 

Here is what you need to know about the products you need to clean Mr. Coffee machines as well as the tips to follow so you maintain the functioning of your coffee maker and don’t have to experience any more days of bad coffee. 

What product to use

Before you worry that you’ll need to purchase an expensive, chemical-based product to clean your Mr. Coffee machine, you can simply clean it with vinegar!

This is regularly praised as being a safe, eco-friendly way to clean various items in the home and it can be used to clean your Mr. Coffee machine effectively.

What You’ll Need

  • White vinegar
  • Water


  • Add a few cups of white vinegar and a few cups of water to the water reservoir of the coffee machine. This will help you to remove hard water buildup.
  • Then, put a new filter in the machine’s filter basket and place the carafe in the machine’s warming tray. Press “select” on the machine so that it will show you the “clean” function. The machine will clean itself – this usually takes about an hour to complete.
  • To properly complete the cleaning process, you will then remove the filter and empty the water and vinegar that was in the machine’s carafe.
  • Pour fresh water into the reservoir, then select “brew” and let it work.

You might want to do this a few times to make sure that there’s no trace of vinegar left in the machine.

What If Your Machine Doesn’t Have A Clean Function?

What If Your Machine Doesn’t Have A Clean Function?

If your coffee machine doesn’t have this option, no worries – you will still use a solution of water and vinegar to clean your machine.

You’ll just have to use vinegar that’s been mixed with water to clean the machine. Let it sit in the machine for about half an hour before rinsing it out.

Then, you’ll run a pot of water through the machine to eliminate any vinegar residue. Just as we mentioned in the instructions earlier, you should do this a few times to ensure that you’ve got rid of all of it.

How To Deep-Clean Every Part Of Your Mr. Coffee Machine

What If Your Machine Doesn’t Have A Clean Function?

The above steps are useful for giving your Mr. Coffee machine a regular clean, which you should strive to do as often as possible.

But, you should also maintain your coffee machine by focusing on cleaning its different parts to ensure that they stay hygienic and clean. 

What You’ll Need

  • Water
  • Mild dish soap
  • Baking powder
  • Sponge
  • Cloth

How To Clean The Carafe

The carafe should be cleaned after every time you’ve made coffee. Simply run some tap water into it and mild dish soap, then swirl it around a bit.

Empty the carafe and rinse it a few times with water. If there are stains, you want to use baking soda to remove them. You can simply scrub the stains with the use of the soda and a kitchen sponge.

How To Clean The Filter Basket

Remove the filter basket and empty out all its contents in the trash or compost. Run it under your kitchen sink, then add a bit of mild dish soap to clean it. Wash it well with water, then put it back.

How To Clean The Lid

Don’t forget about the lid of your Mr. Coffee machine! It should also be cleaned on a regular, if not daily, basis.

To clean it, simply use a damp sponge to wipe it. You’ll notice that the lid contains spray heads. These are what pour water on the coffee grounds in the machine, and you should also clean them with a sponge.

How To Clean The Spout

First, remove the carafe from the machine. With the use of a sponge, wipe down the spout. A bit of dish soap and warm water can work well to clean it properly. Rinse it well.

Clean The Machine Exterior 

After cleaning the coffee machine inside, make sure you remove any dust or debris on the outside of the machine. You can do this with a damp sponge and cloth.

How Often Should You Clean Your Mr. Coffee Machine?

While this will depend on how often you use it, a good general guideline is to clean it every few months.

This will prevent it from becoming dirty and being filled with bacteria that will end up in your cup of morning coffee. Gross!

Why Does Vinegar Work So Well To Clean Coffee Machines?

Why Does Vinegar Work So Well To Clean Coffee Machines?

Vinegar is a great way to clean your coffee machine because it’s a natural sanitizer. Amazingly, research (via Healthline) has found that white distilled vinegar contains five percent of acetic acid.

This is a compound that eliminates dirt, grime, and some pathogens, such as salmonella, E. coli, and listeria monocytogenes, all of which cause foodborne illnesses.

Vinegar also works well to decalcify and descale your coffee machine, which is the removal of mineral buildup that’s caused by tap water.

This water contains minerals such as calcium that move through your coffee machine on a regular basis. Over time these accumulate on the machine’s heating element.

When this limescale builds up in your coffee machine, it can prevent water from reaching the heating element. This means that the water in the machine won’t reach the right temperature to brew your coffee.

This will affect the taste of your coffee. In addition to that, this buildup can compromise the functioning of your coffee machine because if the machine can’t reach the optimal temperature to make coffee this will cause it to have to work harder.

It’s just not worth it, especially since you spent a lot of money on your Mr. Coffee machine, so make sure you regularly clean, descale, and maintain your machine to keep it working at its best.

Of course, there’s something else great in it for you: you’ll be able to enjoy the best-tasting coffee whenever you want it.  

Related Questions

Why are there white rings around the carafe of your coffee machine?

The presence of white rings is usually a sign that the water you’re using is hard water and it has caused calcium deposits.

To eliminate them, increase how often you clean your machine and make the switch to filtered water.

Can you put your coffee machine in the dishwasher?

You might wonder if you can just pop your coffee machine into the dishwasher with your regular dishwashing load.

It might be possible but you’ll have to check the machine’s instruction manual because some coffee maker pieces can be safely put in the dishwasher but others can’t.


You love making coffee so it’s important to keep your coffee machine working for you by keeping it clean. This will ensure that the coffee it makes for you on a daily basis is healthy and delicious, not filled with bacteria!

In this article, we’ve outlined some natural methods you should consider when you want to give your Mr. Coffee machine a good scrub down.

Once you get the hang of it, you’ll see that keeping your Mr. Coffee machine in excellent condition is really easy and doesn’t cost a lot of money because all you need is water and vinegar… and maybe a bit of motivation in the form of an energizing cup of coffee! 

Last Updated on May 15, 2021

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