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Posted Mon Mar 3, 2014, 1:33pm
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Hello:

I was wondering if anyone has any great ideas or suggestions on a great way to clean the coffee maker.  I have used straight up vinegar in the past, just don't know how effective it truly is.  Does anyone have any suggestions??

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Posted Tue Mar 4, 2014, 9:30am
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If you are concerned with descaling the boiler, vinegar works but food grade citric acid is a better choice.  It doesn't leave a funny taste behind.

If you want to clean coffee stains out of the carafe and filter areas, there are products for that like Cafiza.

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Posted Tue Mar 4, 2014, 2:56pm
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I'll look for food grade citric acid at the store next.  Any advice on concentrations for cleaning or will it have it listed on the packaging??
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Posted Wed Mar 5, 2014, 2:05pm
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I usually buy it in bulk at a brewing supply shop.  I generally use a heaping tablespoon to a pitcher of water.  After running that through, I run plain water through twice.

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Posted Mon Mar 17, 2014, 7:28pm
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Westin_Larson Said:

I'll look for food grade citric acid at the store next.  Any advice on concentrations for cleaning or will it have it listed on the packaging??

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I normally dissolve 1 oz of citric acid in 4 cups of hot water, then add 4 cups of cold water to the mixture. The effect is ideal, so it is suitable for my coffee maker. While, if you do not mind the smell it left,I think the white vinegar is also great for drip coffee maker
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Posted Tue Mar 18, 2014, 7:53am
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Are you aware that there are commercial cleaners just for drip pots? It is sold in most supermarkets in the coffee section along with filter papers. I think I have seen the Mr Coffee brand most often. Yes Citric acid works well but for a no thought, get it done, buy it any place way to do it, you might look into the commercial solutions.

 
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