How to Clean a Cuisinart Coffee Maker

Are you a coffee lover? Make sure you learn how to clean your Cuisinart to prevent any health issues.

If you’re like most people, you probably enjoy a hot cup of coffee in the morning to start your day.

The Cuisinart Coffee Maker is a very popular kitchen appliance. It is known for its elegant design and easy-to-clean features.

However, like anything in life, sometimes they can get a bit smelly or have mold growing on them if you don’t take care of them properly. 

In this article, we will give you tips on how to clean your Cuisinart Coffee Maker and get rid of that stubborn coffee odor or get rid of mold from this device!

Why Is It Important to Clean?

Just like anything else in life, it’s important to clean your Cuisinart Coffee Maker regularly.

Not only will this get rid of any stubborn coffee odor or mold, but it will also help to maintain the appliance’s performance and extend its life. Additionally, a clean coffee maker is a healthy coffee maker, as it will reduce the risk of bacteria and other contaminants from growing inside.

You also don’t want bad-tasting coffee every morning, do you?

A coffee maker and a bowl full of coffee strips.

Steps to Clean Your Cuisinart

If you’re looking for ways to clean your Cuisinart Coffee Maker, then look no further! Here are 9 steps to perfectly clean your coffee machine!

1. Unplug the coffee machine and remove the water tank.

2. Wipe down the exterior with a damp cloth.

3. Soak the removable parts in a mixture of vinegar and water (1:1 ratio) for 30 minutes.

4. Rinse the parts with warm water and dry them off.

5. Re-attach the parts and plug in the coffee maker.

6. Run a cycle with just water to remove any vinegar odors.

7. Run two cycles with regular tap water to clear out the internal parts of any remaining residue or mold.

8. Fill the compartment with ½ cup of white vinegar and run another cycle without adding coffee grounds/tea bags.

9. Rinse it all off with clean water and you are good to go!

Rinsing a coffee maker with a warm water o to a white cup.

Why Use Vinegar?

Vinegar is a natural and effective way to clean your coffee machine. It’s inexpensive, safe for most surfaces, and doesn’t leave any harsh chemicals or residues behind.

Vinegar also kills bacteria and mold, which can cause coffee maker odor or even mold growth.

Also, vinegar will not affect the quality of your brewed beverage and helps get rid of that plastic-y taste from recent water tank replacements.

What to Do If Coffee Tastes Strange After Cleaning It?

Oh no!

If your coffee tastes off after you’ve cleaned your coffee maker, then don’t worry! It’s because the vinegar flavor was left behind. To get rid of that dreaded vinegar taste and smell, run 2 cycles with regular tap water (no vinegar or other ingredients).

Then make sure to use plain white distilled vinegar next time instead of apple cider vinegar. Distilled vinegar has a more mild flavor and will not affect the taste of your brewed beverage.

If you still feel like there’s residue in there, or it’s not clean enough, then repeat steps 1-9.

A cup of espresso beside a bowl full of fresh coffee beans.

Why Do I Need to Run an Empty Cycle?

Cuisinart recommends running an empty cycle before making any beverage on this machine. This will allow any residue from previous brewing cycles to be “flushed” out, leaving it fresh for your first cup in the morning.

What Not to Do When Cleaning Your Coffee Maker

Although vinegar is a natural and effective way to clean your coffee maker, there are some things you should avoid doing.


  • Soak the coffee pot or any other part in bleach. This can cause corrosion and damage to the coffee maker.
  • Use abrasive materials or scouring pads to clean the coffee maker. This can scratch the surface and damage the finish.
  • Put any part of the coffee maker in the dishwasher. The dishwasher can cause damage to the parts and affect their performance.
  • Use a toothbrush to clean the appliance. Bristles from the toothbrush can get stuck inside, and mold will grow in these crevices.
  • Leave vinegar in parts for more than 30 minutes. The acid in the vinegar can corrode metal parts or cause plastic pieces to degrade.

In this article, you’ve learned how to take care of your coffee maker. These cleaning tips will eliminate that stubborn coffee odor and get rid of mold from this device! They will leave your coffee maker fresh for your first cup in the morning.

It’s important to clean your coffee machine regularly to keep it functioning correctly, smell fresh, and promote its lifespan.

Now you can enjoy a fresh cup of Joe in the morning, without any worries of bad smells, mold build-up, or any harmful residues. Enjoy!

Caitlyn Koch
Caitlyn Koch has been working in interior design for over 5 years. Caitlyn believes that interior design is more than just making a space look pretty - it's about creating an environment that people will enjoy living in.
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