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How To Clean Your Coffee Maker The Easy Way

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Treat your coffee maker with care and it will do likewise unto you. Every morning you depend on your machine to get you up and out of bed. It provides that much-needed caffeine kick when you're feeling low, so give the machine a good cleaning every now and again to keep it brewing strong. For your daily cups to taste great, rinse out the pot after every use and always clean out the filter. Once a month, you should deep clean your machine. The Mr. Coffee® Performance Brew 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker will actually remind you when it's time for a cleaning, so you don't even need to mark your calendar. Follow the steps below to keep your coffee maker running full steam ahead.

Clean cups, clean coffee makers - pure coffee flavor. Clean cups, clean coffee makers - pure coffee flavor.

1. Cleaning Solution or Vinegar
You need to clean the coffee maker of the calcium deposits that have built up through continual use. Mr. Coffee® Cleaner works best, but you can also use vinegar if need be. If you do, pour four cups of white vinegar into the machine and using an empty filter, brew the solution.

2. Wait 30 Minutes
The Mr. Coffee® Performance Brew 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker will pause for 30 minutes while the solution does its job. If only you could drink some coffee to pass the time. You could always grab your perfectly clean French press and make a quick cup while you wait.

3. Resume 
After the 30 minutes are up, the machine will turn on again and finish brewing the vinegar or Mr. Coffee® Cleaner. When it's done, dump out the solution, toss the filter or rinse the permanent filter, and rinse the carafe thoroughly.

4. Repeat Twice, With Water Only
Repeat this process with pure water to remove any remaining solution, then completely empty the water and run the machine one last time using only water. Again, that's two water-only brews, emptying the water between each one. After that, your machine is clean and ready to be used once more! You'll notice a cleaner taste than the previous cup of coffee you made with the machine. By cleaning it once a month, your coffee maker is sure to last a long time.