How To Clean Cuisinart 12 Cup Coffee Maker & 14 Cup Brewer?

How To Clean Cuisinart 12 Cup Coffee Maker & 14 Cup Brewer?

Cleaning a single-serve coffee maker is a bit easy than a 12 or 14-cup coffee maker. Especially if you’ve got a large family or using it for commercial use, then you need to clean your coffee maker more often.

So, if you don’t know how to clean Cuisinart 12-cup coffee maker here are quick steps. 

There are two ways to clean your Cuisinart coffee maker, i) Use the auto-clean button on the machine. ii) Clean it manually by disassembling it. For the manual coffee maker;

  • You need to remove the filter basket. 
  • Start the brewing cycle and wash the machine with a vinegar solution. 
  • Leave it for 30 min, then rinse it with water.

I know these quick steps may confuse you, but further in this article, you will get a deeper insight into the Cuisinart coffee maker’s cleaning process. 

So, let’s get down to the step-by-step tutorial. 

Why Should You Clean Your Coffee Maker?

If you are an old coffee machine user, you must know that leaving your coffee maker without cleaning would render it useless.

However, if you are new to coffee making, you should know that cleaning your coffee machine is essential.

Without cleaning the coffee machine, the residue and the remains of the coffee brew get stuck in the coffee machine and ruin it.

In addition, even if the machine is functional after that, you will notice the coffee it brews does not have a great taste. So, clean it every now and then.

An Ultimate Guide to Clean Cuisinart 12-Cup Coffee Maker

How To Clean Cuisinart 12 Cup Coffee Maker & 14 Cup Brewer?

Required Material for Cleaning

Before you clean Cuisinart 12-cup coffee maker, first, you need to equip yourself with the right things. Most households have these items and they are not expensive;

  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Cloth

The vinegar would be used to make a solution with water and will be used to descale the machine’s insides.

The water will be used in the end to rinse the machine and the cloth will be used to wipe off the remains of the solution or water.

Remove the Filter Basket

The first step would be to remove the filter basket of your coffee maker. The filter basket is the component where the filtering of coffee grounds takes place.

Once you have removed it, place it on one side, and clean it separately with a cloth.

Add the Vinegar Solution

The next step is to pour the vinegar solution into the reservoir of the coffee machine.

To make the vinegar solution, take a bowl, and add one-third of vinegar and the two third of the water. The easiest way would be to add 2 cups of vinegar to 6 cups of water.

Once you have made the vinegar solution, now put it in the machine reservoir and keep it there. The next step will utilize this solution to clean the machine.

Start a Brewing Cycle

In this step, turn on the machine’s brewing option and keep it brewing the solution for about half the cycle. Once the half cycle is up, stop the brew and turn OFF the machine. 

Wait for 30 Minutes

In this step, you have to do nothing, just let the machine rest for about 30 minutes and let the solution do its magic in cleaning the insides of the machine. 

This will rid the machine of any residue or bacteria formed due to the continuous brewing. Make sure that the machine is OFF in this step and no vinegar solution is taken out.

Turn ON the Coffee Maker & Brew Again

As soon as the thirty minutes have passed, you will need to turn on the coffee maker again and let it finish its brewing cycle. This will prevent the bacteria or coffee remains from staying in. 

Now, wait for the brewing to complete and once it is complete, take out the vinegar solution from the reservoir.

Rinse the Machine

Now rinse the machine and completely purify it. For that, you have to use fresh warm water and put it in the reservoir.

Turn the brew to ON and once it is complete take the water out. After this, you have to clean it with a cloth or you can let it rest there to get the water dry.

Clean the Filter Basket

Remember the filter basket that we took out at the start? Now take that and use the same vinegar solution to clean it.

Then rinse the same basket with warm fresh water and then put it back in the machine. This whole process will take a maximum of one hour to complete. So, suit yourself.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How to Clean Cuisinart Coffee Maker (Automatically)?

The automatic cleaning process of a Cuisinart coffee maker is very simple.

You just have to press the auto-clean button on the machine’s interface and then wait for it to clean itself. That is all it takes to clean it automatically.

How do you clean a 12-cup coffee maker?

Cleaning a 12-cup coffee maker is very easy. You just have to make a vinegar solution with one-third of the vinegar quantity and water.

Then pour it into the machine reservoir and turn the brew ON and wait for 30 minutes. It will clean the machine.

How do you remove calcium deposits from a Cuisinart coffee maker?

For this, add baking soda to the reservoir along with water and brew it for 2 cycles.

Once it is done take the solution out and pass warm water through it. This will completely get rid of the calcium deposits in the machine.


In all, the cleaning process for the Cuisinart 12-cup coffee maker is pretty simple if you commit to it.  

It would be pretty beneficial for your machine to get a cleaning every once in a while and would also be convenient for you in the future.

This way, you won’t have to worry about a sudden breakdown of your coffee maker in the future. 

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