How Much Baking Soda Do I Use To Clean A Coffee Maker

Regularly cleaning your coffee maker thoroughly is advisable. While baking soda can be effective for removing stains and has a pleasant scent, it isn’t the best choice for the internal parts of your coffee maker. Baking soda can be used, however, if you make certain it’s completely dissolved in water and the solution is quite diluted.

What Baking Soda Does for You

Baking soda is one versatile cleaning agent that makes cleaning the kitchen and its equipment easy. Here are some common cleaning uses for baking soda.

A Great Stain Remover 

Baking soda makes it easy to shine and clean kitchen countertops, just as it is easy to clean the interior of your coffee maker. The baking soda won’t scratch surfaces because it’s not abrasive. If you sprinkle baking soda on the surface and scrub it with a brush, you’ll see how well dirt comes off. A coffee maker’s interior usually doesn’t have much concern with stains, but this would be useful for a drip cone or water reservoir with stubborn stains.

A Pleasant Deodorizer 

Every household is busy with so many activities that odours can accumulate resulting in unappealing odours on your curtains, rags, and surfaces, as well as in your coffee maker. You can put baking soda on anything and leave it for 15 minutes. When you clean them up, they smell fresher right away. Running baking soda through a coffee maker will deodorize it similarly.

An Excellent Grease Cleaner 

In a kitchen, steam will travel all around spreading grease and odour, which can stick to the walls. The coffee maker next to the stove may also slowly collect grease deposits on it that vinegar may struggle to dissolve because of its acidity. The alkaline properties of baking soda can help remove the build-up. 

Despite its many uses for cleaning, baking soda does not dissolve hard water deposits or remove mineral build-up. This is due to the alkaline nature of baking soda. This stuff needs acidity to break up and that’s why baking soda is not a good descaler.

Can Baking Soda Be Used To Clean An Entire Coffee Maker

You can use baking soda to clean the exterior of the coffee maker, including the carafe and any stains that might have formed there. However, if you haven’t descaled your coffee maker in years or if you have never done it, I wouldn’t recommend running the coffee maker with the baking soda solution.

Steps To Clean Your Coffee Maker Using Baking Soda

Cleaning dirty equipment and kitchens with baking soda is a great way to keep them sparkling. When cleaning a coffee maker with baking soda, follow the same procedure as you would for vinegar. However, keep in mind that baking soda will not descale your coffee maker. The following is a guide for cleaning your coffee maker with baking soda.

Step 1. Take out the filter from the coffee maker and put it aside.

Step 2. Pour one cup of lukewarm water into the carafe.

Step 3. Add ¼ cup baking soda to the carafe and let it dissolve. The lukewarm water will dissolve it faster and prevent any baking soda lumps.

Step 4. Pour all the baking soda solution into the water reservoir.

Step 5. The carafe should now be placed back on the warming plate.

Step 6. Press the “Brew” button on. 

Step 7. Discard the used baking soda mixture after the brewing process is complete.

Step 8. Start the brewing cycle over with fresh water in the water reservoir. To clean up a coffee maker completely, it usually takes two full brewing cycles. Your water should return to the carafe as clean as it went in. It means it has been all cleaned up.

Why Baking Soda Should Never Be Used As A Descale

While baking soda is great for eliminating stains, it won’t work well with a water cycle. Most coffee makers can be clogged by this, particularly those with mineral deposits in the water lines.

Baking soda is amazing for cleaning stains and smells. However, vinegar or a dedicated descale is the best at dissolving the calcium deposits and limescale that build up over time inside the water tubing.

Baking soda might work, but if it doesn’t clog the intake, then you still will have mineral deposits in the system that need to be removed with a separate cleaning cycle.


Cleaning should be done regularly, such as once or twice a month, according to how often you use your coffee maker. It’s very important to make sure that the method of cleaning your coffee maker is as quickly and effectively as possible without harming it. The technique is more difficult with baking soda, and you risk damaging your coffee maker. For those of us with high-end coffee makers, running a risk of clogging is not worth it.