How to clean a coffee maker - maybe not be as pleasant as making your coffee, but it's still quite easy.
You need two cups of distilled white vinegar and about the same amount of water. Add the water to the vinegar to make a vinegar-water solution.
Put a paper filter in the usual place where the filter goes, and pour the solution into the reservoir (but not through the filter!). Then just close the lid and start the usual brew cycle.
When it's finished, remove the filter. Let the solution in the coffee pot cool down and then clean the pot with an old, hard toothbrush while the solution is still in it. Use a scourer if necessary.
You'll find that most or all of the stains have come off and the pot is looking like new again. But you're not quite finished yet.
Refill your coffee pot with fresh water from the tap. Put a clean filter in position and pour the water from the pot into the reservoir (again, not through the filter). Run the coffee maker through another cycle before repeating with another pot of fresh water. That will make sure there's no vinegar left in the system.
How To Clean A Coffee Maker Glass Grounds Container
If it's just the glass grounds container you need to clean, then this is how you do it.
Rinse it first and then put some ice in it. Add some table salt and white vinegar. How much depends on the size of the pot, but usually a tablespoon or so of salt and a glass or two of white vinegar will be about right. Top it up with water, and leave it for a while. How long depends on how badly the container is stained. It could be anything from a few minutes to a couple of hours.
Rub some vinegar on top of the lid while you're in cleaning mode. Then pour some of the concoction away and use a scourer to rub the stains off. Empty it and rinse thoroughly under the tap.
You'll find there's no residue, and your grounds container is now as clean and fresh as when it left the factory.
Cleaning A Carafe
What about if you just want to clean a stained coffee carafe? This is easy too.
Put some powdered water softener in it and add hot water. Leave it a short while (again, the more stained it is the longer you should leave it). You may have to use a scouring sponge to get rid of the last remains of the discoloring. But there's no effort needed to speak of.
Now you have your carafe looking like new again. It's the same if you want to clean your thermal coffee container, but with that, you'll keep the lid on. And you'll probably have to remove the last of the stains with a scouring sponge.
So looking after your coffee maker and all its component parts isn't difficult or expensive. And you'll have better tasting coffee for longer. Your coffee maker will repay you by lasting longer and putting off the cost of a replacement. As well as giving you great coffee.
That's how to clean a coffee maker.