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How To Make Easy Homemade Descaling Solution

Descaling your coffee maker is important to keep it in good condition. But how to make an easy homemade descaling solution?

Nothing beats the aroma of freshly brewed coffee when you wake up. However, keeping your coffee maker in good condition can be challenging.

You may need to descale your coffee maker but are unsure what to use. You can’t just throw your coffee maker in the dishwasher since it will surely ruin it. If you want to clean your kitchen cabinets, you can make your own cleaning solutions. You can also do this for your coffee machine.

Your best bet is to use homemade descaling solutions. So, here’s a list of descaling recipes that you may do at home.

What Is In A Homemade Descaling Solution?

Perhaps you’re wondering if “cleaning” and “descaling” your coffee maker are the same thing. The answer is a NO!

Urnex says that descaling a coffee maker is the process of getting rid of that mineral buildup. You can’t see the heating elements in a machine, which means mineral buildup could be there for months before you know about it.

While cleaning is to get rid of any odors or dirt. Descaling will get to the heart of the issue, like why your machine makes the water so hot or your coffee tastes terrible.

Probably you thought descaling and cleaning were the same things, right? They are somehow similar but not the same.

DIY Descaling Vinegar Solution

It is a very cheap way to descale and to make sure you get the best tasting coffee out of your coffee machine. 

Try this simple and easy way to clean your coffee machine. It will help you keep things clean and make a great cup of coffee. Because this is very acidic, it doesn’t have a hard time getting rid of limescale and other minerals.

What You’ll Need:

  • 4 cups of pure white vinegar
  • Clean water


  1. Add 4 cups of vinegar to the water tank of your coffee maker.
  2. Let it sit for about 20 to 35 minutes.
  3. Begin the brewing procedure as you would with regular water.
  4. Use fresh water to brew a few times until the smell of vinegar is gone from the water.

Check out the video below!

DIY Descaling Citric Acid Solution

Compared to white vinegar, the advantage of using critic acid is that you won’t have to smell the vinegar’s natural scent for hours.

Its pH is lower than vinegar. To ensure that all harmful minerals are washed away, you may need to repeat the citric acid rinse cycle.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 tablespoon of citric acid pellets
  • 1 gallon of water’


  1. Fill a big jug halfway with water.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of citric acid pellets to the jug and mix it well.
  3. Pour it into the coffee maker’s reservoir.
  4. Begin to brew with the citric acid solution.
  5. Fill the reservoir with fresh water and brew until the previous solution is gone.

DIY Descaling Baking Soda Solution

Baking soda is a well-known cleaner and helper in our house. It includes your coffee maker as well. It may clean the outside of your coffee maker and descale the interior. Plus, it also doesn’t leave an aftertaste.

What You’ll Need:

  • ¼ cup of baking soda
  • 1 cup of hard lukewarm water


  1. Turn off the machine.
  2. Remove the coffee filter from the machine.
  3. Fill the carafe with lukewarm water.
  4. Add 1/4 cup of baking soda and mix with lukewarm water.
  5. Pour the baking soda solution into the coffee maker’s water chamber.
  6. Place the carafe on the plate.
  7. Start the brewing procedure and wait for it to finish.
  8. Remove the used water.
  9. Fill the water chamber with clean water and brew again.
  10. Step 9 should be repeated until the water in the carafe is as clean as the water in the chamber.

DIY Descaling Lemon Juice Solution

Lemon juice can do the same kind of powerful work as vinegar, but it doesn’t have to be as hard to get out of your machine.

Lemon juice is probably your best bet when it comes to smell and time. The only disadvantage of using lemon juice to descale your coffee maker is that you’ll need a lot of lemons.

What You’ll Need:

  • Natural lemon juice
  • Water


  1. Remove any coffee grounds that may have accumulated in the machine.
  2. Run a quick brew with clean water to ensure that most of the coffee particles have been cleaned up.
  3. Remove the water from the freshly brewed carafe.
  4. In a mixing bowl, combine equal parts of water and lemon juice.
  5. Fill the reservoir with the lemon solution.
  6. Let the lemon solution sit for about 20-30 minutes.
  7. Place a paper filter in the filter basket.
  8. With the lemon water in the reservoir, make another brew. 
  9. Repeat steps 5 and 8 as needed.
  10.  Fill the reservoir halfway with clean water and brew until the lemon solution is gone.

People Also Ask

Why do I have to clean my coffee machine so often?

The buildup of minerals like calcium and magnesium that occur along the structure of the coffee maker’s heating element is to blame for this. Descaling is a way to clean metal by getting rid of limescale, which is a hard, off-white, chalky deposit that can make it hard for different parts to work.

Can vinegar ruin a coffee maker?

Vinegar is bad for the coffee maker because it eats away at the rubber gaskets and seals inside. Also, it is very difficult to wash, and its smell and taste will stay in the espresso machine for a long time.

Does descaling make coffee taste better?

Yes, it does. If you’ve never descaled your coffee maker, you’re probably drinking less-flavorful, tepid coffee. Even if your coffee maker hasn’t broken down. After you descaled your coffee maker, your coffee will taste better.


Descaling your coffee maker regularly is an essential part of machine maintenance. However,  the options can easily overwhelm you.

If you don’t have a descaling solution on hand- or don’t want to add any harsh chemicals to your coffee maker.. you can make your own using items you already have in your kitchen! As we’ve shown above making a homemade descaling solution is simple. It is up to you to decide which option is best for your needs and convenience.

If the manufacturer of your coffee machine recommends a specific descaler, use it. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that you won’t damage your machine this way.

I also have a guide for you to descale your Keurig, Breville, and Cuisinart coffee makers. Check them out!

Which homemade descaler solution do you think is the best for you? Let me know what you think in the comments!