Expert Tips on Cleaning Your Coffee Machine for Optimal Performance

All the most natural methods and solutions according to various models

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By Rachel

A Complete Guide on how to Clean the Coffee Machine for Delicious Brews: any time of day is good to enjoy a steaming cup of coffee, but it must be made properly! Not only a good blend, but also a well-maintained, clean and lime-free machine or mocha makes all the difference. So, let’s see how to clean the coffee machine.

You can enjoy a good cup of creamy, intensely flavored espresso at home, too, and start your day on the right foot.

How to clean the mocha

For daily cleaning, simply wash the various parts of the coffee pot under hot running water, taking care to thoroughly remove the coffee grounds from the filter. Then dry them with kitchen paper so that mold and bad odors do not build up in the coffee maker.

Once a month, on the other hand, you should do a deeper cleaning to remove limescale and other traces of residual dirt:

  • wash the moka pot, in a large bowl filled with 1 l of boiling water and 1 cup of white vinegar for at least half an hour soak all the pieces, then make a coffee run
  • clean the reservoir, fill the reservoir with hot water and 1 teaspoon of baking soda, pour 1 more teaspoon of baking soda into the filter, and put the mocha on the stove as if making coffee. Then make an empty coffee with water only to remove the flavor. An alternative can be vinegar.
  • clean the rubber gasket, simply remove it and wash it under hot water, then rub it with paper towels to clean it well and possibly replace the gasket if it is hard and chipped.
  • clean the holes of the filter with a pin from encrustations

It is also best to carry out these deep cleanings after a certain period of time, at least a month, in which you do not use the coffee maker.

To do a thorough cleaning of the outside of the moka pot, however, you can always use vinegar and baking soda. Wipe with a sponge soaked in a solution made of equal parts vinegar and hot water or 3 tablespoons of baking soda in 1 glass of water.

How to clean the coffee machine
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Scrub well, but without leaving scratches on the aluminum of the boiler. The part most prone to turning dark because it is in contact with the flame of the stove. In the case of a stubborn halo, wipe directly with a cloth soaked in pure vinegar and a pinch of baking soda.

How to clean the coffee machine

Cleaning the coffee machine is something that should be done periodically and regularly. Specific descaling products can be found on the market.

However, it is better to choose solutions that are simple, inexpensive and, above all, environmentally friendly. In addition, chemicals are also irritating and corrosive and, in the long run, could ruin the machine.

Let’s take a look at the simplest and most effective ways of cleaning for deep, anti-scale cleaning:

    • Coffee pod machine, prepare a solution by mixing 750 ml of water and 250 ml of white vinegar. Pour this mixture into the tank and brew coffee
    • Traditional coffee machine: use a solution obtained by dissolving in 1 l of water, 1 tablespoon of baking soda and the juice of 1 lemon.
    • Moka, fill half tank with water and fill with white vinegar and 1 tablespoon of salt. Put the coffee maker on the stove and light the fire.

How to clean the coffee maker with baking soda

For many household chores, baking soda is an excellent ally. It is also useful for descaling the coffee maker.

Just fill the tray on the back with half water, half vinegar and half a tablespoon of baking soda. Let it act for a few minutes and then start the appliance as you would to make a classic coffee.

How to clean pod coffee makers

Coffee pod machines are convenient and practical, and allow you to have coffee as good as coffee from the coffee bar. This machine also needs regular maintenance.

  • Everyday: once the machine has cooled down, the filter holder arm should be cleaned after each use with very simple water so that it is free of coffee and paper filters
  • Once a month: clean various accessories, in particular, the compartment that holds the water, the drip tray, and the gaskets. Just use a soft sponge soaked in water and a mild detergent such as dish soap

The exterior of the machine can be cleaned by wiping it with sanitizing and degreasing wipes so as to remove any residue.

How to clean the coffee machine from limescale

In order to always get good coffee, once every two months or so, it is essential to proceed with descaling the coffee machine so as to go about removing scale and eliminate all traces of limescale that have accumulated over time.

How to clean the coffee machine

Limescale is a great enemy of our coffee machines, and it is present in the tap water we normally use to make coffee. Here are the damages that limescale creates:

    • it is deposited by going to stick to the internal pipes giving rise to scale. These, acting as an insulator, do not allow the water to reach the proper temperatures to make good coffe.
    • clogs the small holes from which coffee flows
    • alters the flavor itself of the drink
    • molds and bacteria stick to it easily

Of course, you can use specific decalcifying products to be diluted in about 1 l of water, and then poured into the tank. After that, you need to operate the machine as if to make the coffee brew. Then repeat the operation every 10 minutes until the solution is exhausted.

At the end of the procedure, wash the reservoir very carefully, using plain running water. Then place it back into its housing and proceed with 4-5 empty brews, a couple of minutes apart. Finally, brew a couple of coffees to throw away.

There are also methods to descale both the pod and traditional machine.

Decalcifying with natural methods

Let’s look at 2 simple and natural procedures to remove all traces of limescale.

  • Fill the water tray with 2/3 water and 1/3 white vinegar. Operate the machine. In addition to removing all traces of limescale, dispensing the water and vinegar solution cleans the internal ducts and also eliminates odors. To remove any vinegar residue, which could alter the taste of the coffee, make a final brew using lukewarm distilled water.
  • Fill the water tray with a solution made from 1 l of water and 10 g of dissolved citric acid. Run the machine for 20 seconds. Repeat the operation about every 15 minutes until the solution in the tank is completely finished. At the end of the procedure, wash the tank and refill it with water. Then make further dispensing until all the water is used up. Before resuming use of the coffee machine, make a couple of throw-away coffees.

How often to clean the coffee machine of limescale

.With average use, ranging from 3 to 5 coffees per day, ideally, the machine should be cleaned once a month. In case of higher daily brewing, proceed with cleaning operations even every 15 days.

How to clean the pod coffee machine with vinegar

Follow this procedure:

    • Fill the reservoir of the pod coffee maker with half water and half vinegar
    • Start the machine and run it through cycles without inserting either pods or capsules
    • Remove the tank and rinse it once the water and vinegar solution has run out
      Fill again with water
    • Run the machine without pods or capsules inside, until the tank is completely empty

How to clean your Nespresso coffee machine

To always have the highest quality coffee, the Nespresso should be cleaned at least once a month. Let’s see how to go about descaling. Inside the compartment it is important that there is no capsule.

    • Empty the drain pan and the capsule container.
    • Set a bowl having a minimum capacity of 600 ml directly below the spout where the coffee comes out
    • Fill the water reservoir with about 600 ml of water and add the appropriate original Nespresso descaler. Alternatively, half a tablespoon of baking soda or 10 g of citric acid.
    • Turn on the descaling mode, by pressing the “long coffee” button followed by the 3 coffee buttons at the same time for 3 seconds.
    • Repeat this operation a second time always using the same solution with water and descaler (or bicarbonate or citric acid).
    • Fill the reservoir with clean water, press the ‘long coffee’ button again and run all the water.

Other cleaning tasks besides descaling

Whenever descaling is performed, take the opportunity to also clean all removable parts of the machine, such as the capsule container and the inner and outer trays.

For optimal cleaning, simply soak them in warm water with mild neutral soap for about ten minutes or so. After that, rinse with warm water and dry.

Every day, however, the drip tray should be cleaned. This prevents the formation of mold and bacteria. The tray should be removed and washed, using warm water and soap.

If there is accumulation in the tray, clean it with a soft cloth or toothbrush. Then rinse with warm water and air dry.

To clean the lens of the Nespresso capsule detector, the lens itself must be removed by removing the maintenance module, which is attached to the drip tray and contains the cups. To clean the lens, use a soft, dry cloth.

A couple of times a week, it is also recommended to clean where the coffee comes out of, as well as the outer cover of the machine. To remove simple dust, simply wipe the surface with a dampened cloth.

In any case, never use too strong or abrasive detergents to clean the Nespresso machine. Prefer natural solutions or mild, odorless cleaners.

How to clean the DeLonghi coffee machine

The DeLonghi brand coffee machine warns when it is necessary to descale the machine itself through the illumination of an orange light.

To proceed, here are the steps to follow:

    • fill the tank with water and add the specific DeLonghi descaler
    • stand under the spout from which the liquid flows a container with a capacity of 1.5 l
    • hold down the steam button until the cup lights have gone out or start flashing
    • open the steam valve completely
    • wait until all the water in the reservoir has escaped and gone to fill the water container
    • if the orange light will still be on: repeat the operation once more
    • a light indicates to turn the steam knob to the off position
    • no more indicator light is lit
    • the machine is ready to prepare coffee

DeLonghi machines with ‘autocappuccino’, have a special program for cleaning the grounds. By pressing the clean button, the machine automatically cleans both the ‘cappuccino maker’ and the milk container.

How to clean the Gaggia coffee machine

In the instructions in the user manual of the Gaggia coffee machine, it is recommended that the water tank be cleaned daily and that the drip tray also be emptied and cleaned, again daily.

Once a week, on the other hand, the steam wand should be cleaned by removing the outer part of the ‘pannarello’, that is, the steam nozzle for emulsifying milk or hot water. The upper part should be cleaned with fresh drinking water, while thesteam wand should be cleaned with a damp cloth.

Finally, once every month (max every 2 months), the machine should be descaled using the specific GAGGIA descaling solution, whose formula has been specially developed to ensure the best performance of the machine itself.

How to proceed.

    • Remove and empty the water tank
      Pour the concentrated GAGGIA descaling solutioninto the tank and then add fresh drinking water to the maximum level indicated
      Remove the pannarello installed on the steam wand, if present
    • Start the machine and fill 2 cups
    • Turn off the machineand let the descaling solution work for about 15-20 minutes, with the machine off
    • Turn the machine on and fill 2 more cups, after 15-20 minutes
    • Turn off the machine and leave it off for a couple of minutes
    • Repeat until the water tank is completely empty
    • Rinse the tank and pour fresh drinking water into it
    • Start the machine and place a container under the steam nozzle
    • Open the knob, turning it counterclockwise
    • Press the dispensing buttonand dispense the contents of the tank through the steam nozzle
    • Close the knob
    • Refill the tank with water
    • Set a container under the filter holder
    • Press the button and have all the water dispensed, until it is empty, and then stop dispensing
    • Repeat the operation for 4 tanks
    • Rinse the filter holder with water

How to clean Lavazza ‘A Modo Mio’ coffee machine.

Let’s see how to clean the Lavazza ‘A Modo Mio’ coffee machine. In general, once you use it, it is a good idea to take the water tank out of the housing and wash it with a soft sponge, using water and a drop of dish detergent.

Once every 3 months or so, and in any case when you notice that the coffee does not go down as well as it used to and is not as good, you should proceed with descaling.

The procedure is simple. Start the brew on empty and fill 2 large cups. Wait 10 minutes and repeat, until the water in the reservoir is exhausted. Refill the reservoir with water and make 4-5 dispenses every 2 minutes until it is completely empty.

Some ‘A Modo Mio’ coffee machines have a self-cleaning function installed. Here is how to proceed in this case:

    • Insert the descaling solution recommended in the instruction manual of the Lavazza A Modo Mio machine into the reservoir.
    • Start the cleaning process by holding down the ‘espresso’ and ‘long coffee’ buttons for 3 minutes, and at the same time. The descaling process takes about 20 minutes, and during the entire process, the machine’s side buttons will continue to flash.
    • Restart the dispenser which will be in stand-by mode
    • Dismount the tankand clean it manually
    • Make a few empty spouts by pressing the ‘espresso’ button before making coffee

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