How to Make a Homemade Descaling Solution for Coffee Makers

How to Make a Homemade Descaling Solution for Coffee Makers

homemade descaling solution for coffee makersIf you’re like the millions of coffee consumers out there, you don’t like anything standing between you and a nice cup of coffee, whether it’s an eye-opening cup in the morning, an afternoon pick-me-up, or a relaxing coffee in the evening to squeeze the last bit of potential from the day. If you’ve noticed that your coffee just isn’t up to snuff or takes longer than it used to do, you may get frustrated at this inefficiency. However, there is something you can do: make a homemade descaling solution for coffee makers.

What’s This Scaling All About?

Maybe it’s the coffee we drank this morning, but we’re probably getting a little ahead of ourselves. If you’re wondering what’s causing your coffee maker to run poorly, it may be something called “scaling.” If you take a look at the components of your coffee maker, you may have noticed off-white chalky deposits clogging your coffee maker.

What is this? Basically, as your coffee maker heats up water to make your coffee, the calcium and magnesium (also known as limescale) from the evaporated water leaves deposits throughout your coffee maker. This is especially true of coffee makers located in regions of the world where hard water is present.

Over time, the various components where water should flow unimpeded become clogged, restricting the flow of water and causing all sorts of backup. Eventually, your coffee maker will stop working completely.

However, there is an inexpensive solution (pun intended) for this problem rather than just chucking your coffee maker to the curb. This is why you need to make a homemade descaling solution for coffee makers.

Picking the Right Homemade Descaling Solution

You will have to determine which solution to use, as each has its own advantages and disadvantages:
· White Wine Vinegar: This probably the most effective solution when it comes to finding a homemade descaling solution for coffee makers. With its very acidic PH, it can break down the limescale very quickly. The only downside is that the odor and taste can take more rinsing than other solutions. It helps to have a large amount for frequent and repeat cleansings, so it is recommended to purchase Heinz White Vinegar, 64 oz.

· Citric Acid: If the smell of vinegar in your morning cup of joe isn’t your forte, try citric acid, like Pure Citric Acid. With a lower PH than vinegar, it will take a few more brewing cycles to fully clean your machine, but significantly less cycles to remove the citrus taste from your coffee maker.

· Water Softening Pellets: If your home has a water softening system, you should have a bag of water softening pellets lying around, like Morton Salt. Simply dissolve a handful into water, run your machine, and you should see results. Because of the lack of taste to using salt pellets like these, it takes probably the least amount of cycles to rinse your coffee maker.

Using a Homemade Descaling Solution for Coffee Makers

The process for using a homemade descaling solution for coffee makers is simple:
1) First, fill the coffee maker up to the halfway point with the descaling solution.
2) Run your machine through a complete brewing process, collecting the solution in a pot.
3) Repeat steps 1 & 2 several times; you should notice the flow of the solution becoming more regular
4) Rinse out the machine with water several times until the taste of the descaling solution cannot be detected.

That’s pretty much all there is to the process. Depending on the mineral content of your water, you should repeat this process accordingly. However, most people agree that once a month is generally sufficient to keep your coffee maker running smoothly.

Commercial Products for Descaling

If you’re looking for more coffee maker-oriented products rather than a homemade descaling solution for coffee makers, then we recommend the following:

CleanCup Descaling Liquid for Home Coffee Machines OXO On All-Natural Phosphate-Free Descaling Solution Coffee Descaler Keurig Descaling Solution

The advantage to buying these products is that they are specifically engineered not to damage your coffee maker, something that a homemade descaling solution for coffee makers may or may not do.


If you want your coffee maker to run like new, a descaling solution is your answer. Whether you choose a homemade scaling solution for coffee makers or a commercially-available one, you will reap the benefits of a tasty beverage that brews like new!



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