The other day, I thought my coffee maker had brewed its last pot for good.
Instead of brewing the full 8 cups I normally make for me and Linda, it only dripped through 2 cups. If even that much. The rest went up in steam that collected on the underside of my upper kitchen cabinets. I brewed another pot. The same things happened.
I thought my free Gevalia coffee pot had finally gone up in smoke, or well, steam.
Then I thought I'd give it one last chance. I brewed a pot of white vinegar, to try and clean out whatever gunk could possibly be hidden from view. And it came out dark brown. Gross.
Then I rinsed it by brewing 4 pots of plain water.
And now it works good as new.
So, before you throw out a funky coffee maker, give vinegar a try. It probably would be a good idea to do this periodically, anyhow.
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