How to Clean a Braun Coffee Maker? (When Should You Clean Your Braun Coffee Maker? + More Information)

The clean button on your Braun machine just lit up? Read on to learn how to clean a Braun Coffee Maker.

To clean a Braun coffee maker, unplug the machine and let it cool down first. Then, wipe the unit using a cloth soaked in warm soapy water and dry it thoroughly. As a coffee lover, I use my Braun coffee maker daily to boost my caffeine. Everything was smooth until I woke up one morning to be greeted by the faulty clean light of the machine. You can imagine my disappointment.

I had to research how to clean a Braun coffee maker. Now I enjoy high-quality brews every day!

If it’s your first time using a Braun coffee maker, you’re about to learn how to clean it, when, and what to use. Let’s dive in!

How often should you clean your Braun coffee machine?

A Braun coffee maker requires basic daily cleaning, while deeper cleaning, also called descaling, is needed every one to three months. Owning a coffee maker comes with a lot of responsibilities. Like other kitchen tools, proper cleaning and maintenance are essential.

If you want to keep your Braun coffee maker for years, clean it regularly using a soft cloth with soapy water. Before cleaning, unplug your machine from the power source and let it cool down. Next, wash the glass carafe and lid, and wipe the machine’s body using a damp cloth.

Over time, the water used to brew coffee causes lime scale buildup inside your coffee maker. To remove this buildup, you need to perform a deeper cleaning, also known as descaling. If you brew coffee daily using filtered or tap water with a high mineral count, you need to cycle your machine every month. Otherwise, the average descaling period is after every 2 or 3 months.

Note that the harder your water is, the more descaling you need to do. Deep cleaning extends the life of your coffee maker while keeping it clean and shiny all through.

What is used to clean a Braun coffee maker?

When Should You Clean Your Braun Coffee Maker?

You need warm water, a soft cloth, and a Braun Descaling Solution to clean a Braun coffee maker. Don’t use abrasive sponges, as they can scratch off plastic and metal surfaces. To clean, remove the Braun carafe and lid and wash by hand using a soft cloth and mild soap. Alternatively, you can put them in the top rack of the dishwasher but ensure to first remove the lid from the carafe. Do not use a dishwasher to clean a thermal carafe.

To descale your coffee maker, remove the drip tray and tank from the base of your machine. Then, use a soft-bristled toothbrush to scrub away any calcium deposits that may have accumulated in these parts. A descaling solution makes deep cleaning more manageable. It is a formula made with safe and effective ingredients to help descale your Braun coffee maker. The right solution should be utterly odorless, so it doesn’t change the taste of your coffee.

What is the process of cleaning a Braun coffee maker?

When it’s time to descale your Braun coffee maker, the LED light above your “Clean” button will turn solid green. Follow the below process to deep clean your machine:

  • Before anything, unplug your coffee maker from the power source.
  • Next, remove the charcoal filters and the gold-tone permanent filter.
  • Add your descaling solution to a full carafe of water.
  • Then, pour the solution into the machine’s water reservoir and place the now empty carafe in its position.
  • Press the Clean button. The light above the button will immediately start flashing, indicating that it is time to begin descaling your machine.
  • Press the Brew button to start the deep cleaning process.
  • Once the process is done, the flashing green light will turn off.
  • At this point, empty the water reservoir and rinse it thoroughly using clean water. To do this, fill the reservoir with a full carafe of freshwater and press the Brew button to flush the machine. Do this twice while using clean cold water.

Note that once the descaling cycle has started, you cannot stop it until it is finished. If the cycle begins in error, remove the water reservoir and press the Clean button again. After a few seconds, your machine will blink, and the green LED light will go off.

Not so hard, right?

A clean coffee maker feels so much better! It makes great coffee too. How often you descale depends on how often you use the machine and the hardness of your water.

FAQ Section

Will vinegar damage my Braun coffee maker?

Yes. Using the wrong amount of vinegar wears off the metal and plastic surfaces. People often use vinegar to descale coffee machines. However, the solution is less effective and may leave an unpleasant odor that will affect your coffee taste. Braun recommends using their official Braun Descaling Solution. It is compatible with all the brand’s models and contains lactic acid, which is safe and effective on aluminum. Each bottle of Braun Descaler contains enough solution for two doses.

Why is my clean light on even after cleaning a Braun coffee maker?

If the clean light stays on even after cleaning your coffee maker, you need to clean it again. In many cases, the green light is the machine’s telling you that you did not do a thorough job. You, therefore, need to perform another deep cleaning to eliminate all the calcium buildup and other undesirable elements.

How much vinegar should you use to clean a Braun coffee maker?

If you have to use vinegar, ensure to use equal parts vinegar and water. Meaning if you use, say, 5 cups of water per cycle, you equally have to use 5 cups of vinegar. Vinegar is not an effective descaling agent. Braun recommends using their Braun Descaling Solution, which is compatible with all Braun models.

How do I know if my Braun coffee maker needs cleaning?

The LED clean light that turns steady green is the first sign that your Braun coffee maker needs cleaning. Before that, you might notice your coffee maker brewing slowly, making a rumbling noise, or failing to heat coffee as required.

Does the clean light go off in the Braun coffee maker after cleaning?

Yes, it does. You can reset it using the “Restore” button if it doesn’t. Unplug the machine from power, press the Restore button and hold it while plugging back the unit. Wait for about 10 seconds before releasing the button. By doing this, the coffee maker will return to its primary setting.

Can I use just water to clean my Braun coffee maker?

No. For the best results, use warm soapy water and a gentle cleaner for basic cleaning of the filters, carafe, and lid. Basic cleaning should be carried out daily. For deep cleaning, use a descaling agent to help remove lime scale buildup at the unit’s base.

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