Every now and then you should be cleaning your coffee maker from the inside out. Cleaning your coffee maker with baking soda sounds like a good idea too because it cleans stains and smells so well but is it the right thing to use on the inner workings of your coffee maker?
For one cleaning your coffee maker shouldn’t be done once every few years it should be done regularly, like once a month or two depending on how often you use yours. To efficiently clean it out that often you want the process to be simple, effective, and you don’t want want to risk damaging your machine. With baking soda the process is harder and you do risk messing up your machine.
Will Baking Soda Clean a Coffee Maker?
If you are ever tempted to clean your coffee maker stop and think for a moment – is it the carafe and exterior that needs a good cleaning? Does the filter basket need cleaning?
Or do you need to clean the entire system out?
If you need to clean the carafe and stains on and around the exterior areas of the pot then yes, you can use baking soda to get those areas sparkly again. But if you haven’t descaled your coffee maker in years (if ever) then do not consider dissolving the powder in water and turning the machine on.
Why You Should Not Descale Your Coffee Maker with Baking Soda
Baking soda, although great for getting rid of those nasty stains, is not going to work well on a water cycle. It will clog most machines and then you’ve got a bigger problem on your hands.
Not only that but baking soda is great at cleaning stains and smells but the acid of vinegar or a dedicated descaler is the best at actually breaking apart the calcium deposits and limescale that can slowly accumulate inside the water tubing and on the heating element.
If you use baking soda and it doesn’t clog up the water intake then you will probably still have mineral deposits that still need to be broken up.
The Better Way to Clean Your Coffee Maker
Personally I would just use vinegar or apple cider vinegar to clean my coffee maker as you can clean the entire machine and carafe at once with one product. If however you are in a bind and don’t have access to vinegar or a proper descaler like CleanCaf then baking soda will at least get the outer areas of your machine (and possibly the water reservoir) clean again.
Have at it – but first you may want to see this post which explains how often you should be cleaning your coffee maker in the first place.