TL: DR - Need best way to clean a drip coffee maker.
After doing far too many searches, and finding a lot of conflicting information (YES baking soda! NO baking soda! YES bleach! NEVER bleach!), I figured I’d ask the experts here:
What’s the best - and safest - way to clean a basic drip coffee maker? It’s a cheap one, the base Mr. Coffee model, and it’s used for about three pots a day.
We have hard water, to the point where we need to soak our showerhead about once a month to keep the holes open. As you might imagine, we get a lot of crud built up in our coffee maker, too. At this point it takes about 35 minutes to brew a full pot (when the machine is new, it takes about 10 minutes).
We’re not coffee snobs (even buy pre-ground!) and aren’t in the buying-water-expressly-for-coffee bracket. And we’re not really in the keep-buying-new-coffee-makers bracket, either.
So…how do you clean your drip coffee maker?