How to Clean a Coffee Maker Reservoir

The reservoir of a coffee maker is the part where the water is stored. Clean a coffee maker reservoir with help from a cleaning coach in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name's Leslie Reichert, and I'm the Cleaning Coach. You can visit my website,, for more tips and tricks just like this. Today, I'm going to show you how to clean out the water reservoir inside your coffeemaker. Now, everybody's coffeemaker's a little different, but this will give you an idea of how to do yours. So, what we're going to do is, first of all, you're going to take the pot out and open this up, and make sure your filter is out of the coffeepot at first. And, what I do is I take all these things, and I take this and put it in the dishwasher and run them all through the dishwasher once, so that everything here is nice and clean. Then, what we want to do is try and get the buildup inside the water reservoir inside here clean. Sometimes, your coffee filter might have a filtering system over here. You want to make sure that stays in, but maybe you need a new filter. So, look into your manual and see if you need to get a new filter for your coffeepot. I also add a new clean filter inside here, put the pot in. And, what you're going to use is white vinegar, straight white vinegar. You're going to put it into the water reservoir as if you were making a cup of coffee. I suggest about three to four cups, which is going to be a whole bottle of white vinegar. And, what's going to happen is the acid in the vinegar is going to work on all the different mineral deposits, so that when it runs through and it heats up, it's going to go through the entire system, and all the minerals are going to come out through the pot. You're going to be amazed when you do this. You're going to see the water, and it's going to be a dark brown. It's going to be cleaning the entire system out. So, you put that on, turn your coffeepot on, run it through. After you've done that, you want to run clear water through the system about three times. That's going to clean out the rest of the minerals, and also get rid of the vinegar smell. Some of the newer, fancier coffeepots are having trouble with hard water. They're actually building up, and really stuffing up your system as far as getting the water through the filter. I suggest trying to use filtered water, even though the instructions say not to, if you have really hard water, well water, you want to do that so that it keeps the system clean and clear. So, that's how you can clean out your coffeepot with just the one simple ingredient. If you don't have any white vinegar, just use lemon juice instead - either one of them are a natural acid, and they'll clean up the buildup. My name's Leslie Reichert, I'm the Green Cleaning Coach, and I wish you happy cleaning!


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