The Best Way to Clean Your Coffee Machine You Didn’t Know Before – Eat This, Not That

If the transition from summer to fall forces you to return home for a pleasant season, here’s a fun tip for descaling your coffee maker: Experts suggest you can drop a common toiletry product into your coffee maker to remove buildup and prepare the freshest cup. (Might be even better than running vinegar through your machine!)

Read this simple tip to clean your coffee maker for the most delicious brew. Also check out: There’s a national shortage of this essential coffee.


You’re probably aware that in many areas the water you run through your coffee maker contains minerals, like calcium and magnesium, that build up over time. All of this can affect both the speed at which your coffee machine allows water to flow and, of course, the taste of your coffee.

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A common solution for descaling coffee makers is to run vinegar through the machine (minus the coffee in the filter basket, of course), followed by a few pots of water to remove the spiciness of the vinegar.

However, your coffee maker’s descaling routine just got easier. This week, the “Issue resolved” section of USA today shared that you can use a denture cleaning tablet to clean your coffee machine!

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It’s so simple. They suggest you fill the reservoir with water, drop a denture tablet or two into it, let it fizz until the tablet dissolves, and run that water through the machine.

Then throw it away and run clean water through the reservoir once or maybe twice, just to make sure the solution is completely rinsed from the denture.

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It’s scientific! As dental surgeon Lee Gouse, DDS explained (via cooking light), denture tablets are made with ingredients like sodium bicarbonate (also known as baking soda).

In reaction to water, these chemical compounds become “micro-cleaning” tools that remove mineral deposits, Gouse said.

The best of all? This method can be used for your single cup machine, as well as a full size pot. (A warning for single-cup coffee fans: Read about a major side effect of using coffee pods, according to a new study.)

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