How to Clean a Cuisinart Coffee Maker

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Hard water deposits and leftover coffee oils build up in the coffee maker and can make your coffee taste different. Moreover, they can leave your Cuisinart coffee maker looking nasty. However, there is a simple solution for removing them. A clean unit will help ensure that every cup tastes amazing and has a pleasant flavor. Even if there are many Cuisinart models and it is best to follow the manufacturer’s directions for cleaning your specific unit, there are some general cleaning instructions. These easy directions will help you learn how to clean a Cuisinart coffee maker:
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Things You’ll Need

  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Cuisinart Coffeemaker

Getting started

If you don’t know how to clean a Cuisinart coffee maker, make sure you read the general safety measures before you get started. Most models have a light on the display panel with the word clean underneath. If the light is on, it means that it is time to clean your coffee maker because there is calcium build up in the reservoir. If your Cuisinart coffee maker does not have one, you must clean it periodically, usually every couple of months. If your home has hard water, you might have to clean it every month.

General cleaning

Before you learn how to clean a Cuisinart coffee maker on the inside in order to decalcify it, you must empty the coffee grounds, filter and rinse the pot. Try to wash and rinse the carafe, the carafe lid and the basket in warm soapy water after each use. To clean the outside of the coffee maker, the base and the resting place, wipe them with a damp rag. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or other abrasive materials such as steel wool. You can also wash the carafe and lid in the dishwasher on the top rack.


If the flashing Clean light is on, you know it is time to decalcify your Cuisinart coffee maker. This is actually easier than it sounds, because the machine basically cleans itself. Moreover, you can use a natural water vinegar solution that you already have in the house.

  1. Prepare a cleaning solution by mixing 1/3 cup of white vinegar and 2/3 cup of water. Fill the reservoir with the solution and press the clean button.
  2.  Once the Clean light stops flashing, turn on the unit so the coffee maker will clean itself. After it is done, you will hear five beep sounds and the unit will shut off.
  3. Turn the machine back on and if the Clean light flashes, run another cycle of the vinegar and water solution.
  4.  After the Clean light is off, wait until the coffee pot cools and run a brew cycle or two with clear cold water. If you use cold water in a hot coffee pot, the glass might shatter. Your unit is now ready to use.

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