Our coffee-makers work hard to provide us with the morning jolt of caffeine our bodies crave. After all of their tireless work they need a good cleaning to get rid of coffee buildup. The buildup inside the coffee-maker and carafe  turns the coffee to a bitter eye opener. Unfortunately, bitter coffee is not the eye opener most look for as they stumble toward the road of daily functioning. One cup of bad joe can set the tone of the day and if that tone is bitter... watch out! Cleaning a coffee-maker is actually a very easy task that should be performed once per week depending on your java consumption.

White vinegar is the perfect gleen cleaner. It won't hurt the environment, you or your coffee-maker. No issues with white vinegar seeping into ground water as is the problem wit
h many commercially available cleaners. And, the best part of cleaning your coffee pot with white vinegar is the cost. White vinegar is very inexpensive, especially when you use store brands rather than name brands. In terms of cleaning there is no difference between brands or no name labels, so don't waste your money on more expensive options.

Dump out the old left over coffee and rinse the carafe with plain, cool water. If you have a coffee-maker that does not have a carafe, but dispenses the coffee at the push of a button or handle, drain the contents and add cool water to the maker. Drain the water through the dispenser. At this point you will most likely notice the clear water you added is a muddy brown color, the deeper the color, the more your coffee pot is screaming for attention.

Fill the reservoir with a 50-50 mixture of white vinegar and water. Let the vinegar and water sit for three to five minutes or a little longer if the coffee pot or carafe has a great amount of buildup, hard water stains or mineral buildup.

Turn on your coffee-maker and let it brew a pot of muddy brown vinegar water.

As soon as the brew cycle finishes, shut off your coffee-maker. Let the coffee-maker sit for five to 10 minutes. The hot white vinegar will continue to work to dislodge buildup.

Empty the carafe by pouring the contents down the drain. If you have a dispenser, place a measuring cup or coffee mug under the spout and drain the coffee-maker. Empty the cup or mug as necessary to avoid a spill.

Wait ten to 15 minutes for the coffee-maker to cool off. make sure the coffee-maker is cool to the touch.

Fill the reservoir with clear, cool water and run the coffee-maker through another cycle. This time the water may be a little beige in color. Do not add cool water to the coffee-maker if it is still hot, the cool or cold water coming in contact with the hot coffee pot can crack the pot or cause internal damage to the coffee-maker.

Pour the contents down the drain and wait ten to 15 minutes for the coffee-maker to cool.

Run water through one last time to remove any vinegar residue. Dump the water out and let the carafe cool again. If the carafe has brown coffee stains, fill it halfway with water, add 1/4 cup of salt and scrub the inside with a nylon sponge.

If, after water running through for the third time, the water is still on the brown side, start again because your coffee-maker has a lot of buildup.

Do not use soap, scouring powders, dish detergents, all purpose cleaners or anything else to clean your coffee pot. The soaps and cleanser will make you next cup of coffee have a chemical after taste.

Do not scrub your coffee-maker with stiff bristle brushes.