Uses for Vinegar: Cleaning Your Kitchen

Coffeemakers, Teakettles and Teapots

Buildup in a coffeemaker's brewing system can affect coffee flavor. Get rid of buildup with these steps:

  • Run 1 brewing cycle of cold water and 1/4 cup vinegar.
  • Follow with a cycle of clean water.
  • If you can still smell vinegar, run another cycle using fresh water.

To help remove any mineral deposits inside the pot and spout:

  • Boil water and 1/2 cup vinegar in a teakettle for 10 or 15 minutes.
  • Rinse thoroughly.
  • Clean a teapot by boiling a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water for several minutes.
  • Let it stand for 1 hour.
  • Rinse with water.