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I bought a new coffee maker. What could I do to get rid of that "brand new coffee maker scent/taste" before I brew an actual pot of joe?

Asked by Jude (32123points) April 22nd, 2010

You know that plastic/chemically smell when it’s brand new. Yuck. Running water through it helps a bit. Anything else?

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Zen_Again's avatar

Brew some coffee. Spill it out. The next one will be fine.

john65pennington's avatar

Each new coffeemaker should be throroughly cleaned before using. there is a cleaning product for this purpose and it works on killing the new pot smell. i believe it contains vinegar in some form.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I would use vinegar and water—a kind of coffemaker douche—LOL

Snarp's avatar

Combine the above. Wash, fill with vinegar and water solution. Let sit. Run solution through it. Rinse well. Make and discard the first pot of coffee.

Buttonstc's avatar

Half vinegar/half water. Run it through a complete brewing cycle.

Or diluted baking soda. Same thing.

I would start with the baking soda solution through a complete cycle. Then do the same with the vinegar solution.

Do a final cycle with plain water.

ninjacolin's avatar

i’d make coffee in it.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I think that’s the first time I have thought of douche and coffee at the same time.

Cruiser's avatar

If you want to get technical, I would pour hot water…near boiling but not boiling hot water in the reservoir and let sit. The hot water will draw the plasticizers and other “loose” polymer molecules (that plastic taste and smell) into the water. Let sit until cool dump out then brew your test batch with cold water and enjoy your new coffee maker.

Lightlyseared's avatar

I have an italian friend who buys a bag of cheap coffee and uses the whole thing just to make coffee to throw away before he starts to use a new coffee pot. He also never washes the thing with soap. His coffee tastes fantastic.

Seek's avatar


Couldn’t you do the same thing, without actually brewing coffee? It just seems such a waste!

UScitizen's avatar

You must use distilled white vinegar. 1:1 water to vinegar. Boil it through. Rinse out the reservoir. Boil through two full reservoir cycles of clean water. Make coffee. Drink it and enjoy.

Jude's avatar

We tried the vinegar. Ran it through, then ran water through it for 4 times.

Brewed our first cup this morning and it tasted delish. =)

Lightlyseared's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr It coats the sides of the coffee maker with coffee.

Seek's avatar

@Lightlyseared – just the basket, and the carafe. Both of which are cleaned regularly (with soap or without). What’s the difference?

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