To make coffee taste best at any time you should descale your coffee machine about every three months. If your water is harder than average water, descaling may also be required on a monthly basis. However, if you use a water filter (see also Coffee & water), descaling is necessary less often. You can use either the regular decalcifying agents available in the supermarkets or try one of the following alternative home remedies:

 

Descale with caution, possibly no vinegar

Many people use the old home remedy and try to clean their machine with water and some vinegar. In this case, however, caution is advised. Parts of the machine may become porous. On the one hand, the coffee tastes of vinegar for quite a while afterwards. Secondly, the vinegar can cause some damage to the machine. Interior parts (such as rubber seals) can become porous due to the contact with vinegar, which in turn can make the appliance leak. Whether you can use the vinegar to descale your device or not often depends on the particular device. It is generally advisable to read the cleaning instructions in the instruction manual of the manufacturer.

 

Better descale with citric acid

Citric acid is the best alternative. It is available in pharmacies. All you have to do is to add a teaspoon of citric acid in the water (about 1 liter) and turn on the coffee machine. Alternatively, you can use an inexpensive lemon juice concentrate, which is available in any supermarket. Both the descaling with citric acid and the descaling with lemon juice concentrate have the advantage that the decalcification of the coffee machine does not influence the taste of coffee after the treatment, which is often the case when using other products.

 

Baking powder (baking soda) as a reliable alternative

Dissolve a small bag of baking powder / baking soda (a dosage for 500g flour) in hot water (about 1 liter) and fill it into the water tank. Leave it there for a short while to enable the reaction and then let half of the mixture run through the machine. Now turn off the machine and wait 15 minutes to allow the mixture to work. Then turn it on again and let the rest of the water run through. It might foam slightly. After this treatment let clear water run through the machine as long as all bubbles disappear.

 

 

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To make coffee taste best at any time you should descale your coffee machine about every three months. If your water is harder than average water, descaling may also be required on a monthly basis. However, if you use a water filter (see also Coffee & water), descaling is necessary less often. You can use either the regular decalcifying agents available in the supermarkets or try one of the following alternative home remedies:

 

Descale with caution, possibly no vinegar

Many people use the old home remedy and try to clean their machine with water and some vinegar. In this case, however, caution is advised. Parts of the machine may become porous. On the one hand, the coffee tastes of vinegar for quite a while afterwards. Secondly, the vinegar can cause some damage to the machine. Interior parts (such as rubber seals) can become porous due to the contact with vinegar, which in turn can make the appliance leak. Whether you can use the vinegar to descale your device or not often depends on the particular device. It is generally advisable to read the cleaning instructions in the instruction manual of the manufacturer.

 

Better descale with citric acid

Citric acid is the best alternative. It is available in pharmacies. All you have to do is to add a teaspoon of citric acid in the water (about 1 liter) and turn on the coffee machine. Alternatively, you can use an inexpensive lemon juice concentrate, which is available in any supermarket. Both the descaling with citric acid and the descaling with lemon juice concentrate have the advantage that the decalcification of the coffee machine does not influence the taste of coffee after the treatment, which is often the case when using other products.

 

Baking powder (baking soda) as a reliable alternative

Dissolve a small bag of baking powder / baking soda (a dosage for 500g flour) in hot water (about 1 liter) and fill it into the water tank. Leave it there for a short while to enable the reaction and then let half of the mixture run through the machine. Now turn off the machine and wait 15 minutes to allow the mixture to work. Then turn it on again and let the rest of the water run through. It might foam slightly. After this treatment let clear water run through the machine as long as all bubbles disappear.

 

 

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