As you no doubt know distilled white vinegar is an excellent product that can be used very effectively at cleaning just about everything in your house. Vinegar is often used as a primary cleaning product for coffee makers as it’s so cheap and effective but did you know you can also use apple cider vinegar to clean a coffee maker. Although the vinegar has a stronger small and flavor it’s acidic content is almost identical to that of white vinegar.
How to Clean Your Coffee Maker with Apple Cider Vinegar
During a cleaning and descaling you need a diluted mix of vinegar (typically 5% acidic) and water. Usually the mix is about 1 parts vinegar to 2 parts water. Apple Cider vinegar being just as acidic as white vinegar is perfect for cleaning your coffee maker exactly as you would otherwise the main difference is that the taste of apple cider vinegar will linger a bit longer in your machine.
Usually you will get a nice potent smell of vinegar in your home after running plain vinegar through the coffee maker but only one or two plain water rinse cycles will eliminate the taste of vinegar from the coffee pot. With apple cider vinegar however you may have to rinse it out a few more times to fully get rid of the vinegar taste.
I also think it’s worth pointing out the cost difference. Yes, you may be out of white vinegar but apple cider vinegar does cost more to buy in the same volume. Unless you can’t wait for some reason I always think it’s best to just wait until you can get to the store to buy regular vinegar. It’s just more cost effective. After all; if you don’t care much about how much you’re spending then you’d be using the best coffee maker descaler you can every month. Not that they are bad but they do cost some money.
In fact descalers are actually pretty good options to use on occasion. Even if you descale with vinegar every month or so you can usually benefit from using a true descaling product a couple times a year but then again that’s up to you.