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Coffee Machine Cleaning Products to Use

Coffee is an oily substance and can create quite a mess in any coffee machine. Your coffee machine, whether it grinds down the beans or not, will inevitably get an oily residue or build-up in the filter from the coffee.


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Coffee Machine Cleaning Products

Here’s a guide on how to clean your coffee machine and what coffee machine cleaning products are out there:

The Best Coffee Machine Cleaning Products

A coffee machine, like any other kitchen appliance needs to be regularly cleaned in order to keep it in the best working condition possible. Like any other piece of equipment, if you don’t clean it and don’t give it the TLC it deserves, it will get build-up and residue on it and it will eventually stop working as effectively as it should for you.

At Cleanipedia, we often get asked what’s the best coffee machine powder or coffee machine cleaning solution to use? Here’s what we think:

Coffee Machine Cleaning Solutions & Cleaners (Equipment)

A coffee machine is used to make delicious cups of happiness for you and your family every day, and so we strongly recommend using a dishwashing liquid for all your coffee machine cleaning needs.

Most dishwashing liquids are perfectly safe to use on dishes and is formulated to cut through grease. It will work wonders to remove the oily build-up in your coffee machine. Here’s a guide on how to clean a coffee machine:

Take your Machine Apart

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Take all the moving parts off your machine. Most coffee machines can be broken up into washable parts quite easily, leaving the main electronic part to stand on the counter. Do not wash any parts that are electrical.

Wash in Warm Soapy Water

Wash all the washable parts of your coffee machine in a sink full of warm water and Sunlight Dishwashing Liquid. Let them soak if they are particularly oily or caked. Wash with a soft sponge, and rinse well.

Meanwhile, dip a clean cloth in the soapy water and wring out. Give the main machine that is plugged in a good wipe down with the soapy cloth.

Dry and Put Back Together

Dry the washed parts well and reassemble the main machine.

How to Keep Your Coffee Machine in Good Condition

There are a couple of things you could do daily, weekly and monthly to keep your coffee machine in good running order:

Regular Cleaning

Wondering how to clean a Breville coffee machine or how to clean a Nespresso coffee machine, or another make of at-home appliance? Simply follow the cleaning techniques above at the end of every day, to clean all the washable parts of your machine. This will avoid build-up and any oil residue from clogging up the filters.

Do you use a Nespresso coffee machine? Read our Nespresso maintenance: how to clean and descale a Nespresso coffee machine blog now.

Regular Maintenance

If you have a professional coffee-making machine, you should make sure that you book it in with the manufacturer for regular maintenance check-ups, just like you would a car. If you own an at-home appliance, chat to the equipment brand and ask if they offer maintenance programmes or service centres where you could have the machine serviced.

Coffee Machine Cleaning Tips

Use these easy cleaning tips when cleaning stubborn stains or dirt from your coffee machine:

  • Use an old soft-bristled toothbrush to clean hard to reach places in your coffee machine.

  • Don’t use harsh chemicals or bleaches when cleaning your coffee machine. Rather use a good dishwashing liquid like Sunlight.

  • If you clean your machine daily, you’ll avoid having coffee grounds and build-up turning into stubborn residue. Ideally, a coffee machine should be wiped down daily and thoroughly cleaned every second to third day.

Want to make the perfect cuppa with your new (clean) machine? Read our DIY coffee: how to make filter coffee at home blog now.

For more In the home cleaning tips and tricks, read our blogs today.


1. What chemicals are used to clean a coffee machine?

Ideally, you don’t want to use harsh chemicals to clean your coffee machine at home. Not only could you damage it, but you don’t want any residue getting into your coffee. Rather use a good detergent for dishes, like Sunlight and warm water to do your coffee machine cleaning.

2. What can be used to descale a coffee machine?

A great at-home cleaning solution to descale your machine is white vinegar. Let your coffee machine run with a solution of equal parts vinegar and water. Throw that water away and rinse the machine before using. The solutions should get rid of limescale and coffee grind residue too.

3. How do you clean coffee equipment?

Check out our guide on how to clean the washable parts of your coffee machine in the article above. It’s quick, easy and will leave your machine looking sparkling and almost new.

4. How do you clean a clogged coffee machine?

Try the solution of vinegar and water as we suggested above. Also try cleaning all the washable parts as well as any hard-to-reach filters and parts with a soft toothbrush. If it’s still clogged, look into getting it serviced by the manufacturer or a professional.

5. Can you get sick from a dirty coffee maker?

We’re not too sure about that, but we’re pretty sure you won’t be having an enjoyable cup of coffee from a dirty machine. Rather keep it clean and enjoy the best cup of coffee possible.

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