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The no-scrub way to clean a coffee maker


If it’s taking longer than usual for your coffee maker to brew your java, mineral deposits caused by hard water may have clogged the tank. The fix: Fill the reservoir with equal parts water and white vinegar and run the machine, then do two more cycles with fresh water. Vinegar’s acids loosen deposits so they can be flushed out. To clean a single-cup coffee maker, like a Keurig, fill the reservoir with 11⁄4 cups of vinegar, place a cup under the spout and run the machine (without a pod). Repeat with fresh water.

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