Want the secret to better tasting coffee? Clean your coffee pod machine – here’s how 

Not sure how to clean your coffee pod machine? This step-by-step guide will have it sparkling in no time.

Maintaining your coffee machine is a crucial element in brewing delicious tasting coffee, yet it’s a step that’s often overlooked by many of us. 

While coffee pod machines don’t need the same level of maintenance as more complicated espresso machines, they still do benefit from a regular clean. Not only does it ensure that your daily cup of coffee tastes its best, but also it means your machine will run more smoothly. 

So, cloths at the ready, here’s our step-by-step guide on how to clean your coffee pod machine… 

Female hand using white kitchen towel cleaning a coffee pod machineCredit: Shutterstock/SrideeStudio
Cleaning your coffee pod machine is easy – and will help make your cup of coffee taste better

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Cleaning your coffee pod machine isn’t overcomplicated, you just need to make sure you have all the right tools to hand, most of which you probably already have. These include washing up liquid, a couple of soft microfibre cloths and
a small, soft brush, such as a toothbrush .

13 mins

Get prepared

Disassemble the machine

Start by unplugging your coffee pod machine from the electrical outlet. This will prevent any accidents while you clean it. 

Then, separate all the removable parts from your coffee pod machine. This typically includes the drip tray, water reservoir, and coffee pod bin. 


2. Wash removable parts

Warm soapy water is all that’s needed

Fill your sink with warm, soapy water and immerse the removable parts. Use a soft cloth or sponge to clean them thoroughly, paying special attention to any coffee residue or build-up.  

Rinse the parts with clean water and let them air dry completely before reassembling the machine. 

Some parts can be washed in the dishwasher, but double check with your specific machine’s manual that they are dishwasher safe. 

How often should I clean my coffee pod machine? 

The frequency with which you clean your machine depends on how often you use it. If you use it every day, for example, you should clean it once a week. If you use it less often, you can clean it once a month.

3. Clean the coffee pod holder

This is where a toothbrush comes in handy

Examine the coffee pod holder for any clogs, coffee grounds, or residue. Use a small, soft, dry brush, such as a toothbrush, to gently clean any crevices. You can also purchase special coffee-machine cleaner brushes that are often small and round, and these work well in very small crevices.  

Don’t insert your finger into the capsule compartment – many of them contain a point to pierce the pods.  

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4. Clean the exterior

Time for a wipe down

Dampen a clean microfibre cloth with water and wipe down the exterior of the machine. Pay attention to any buttons, knobs, or display screens. Don’t forget to give the spout a little clean as well, especially on the underside where the coffee comes out.  


Never use scouring pads, abrasive detergents, or harsh liquids such as acetone to clean your machine as these can damage the exterior.  

A wipe with a damp cloth should be enough to do away with any grime or sticky fingerprints, but if you do have any stubborn stains, dampen the cloth in warm, soapy water and give it an extra going over.  

If you have a chrome coffee pod machine, such as the Dualit 3-in-1, giving it a final going over with a special polishing cloth will help make it shiny once more. This type of cloth also works on glossy coffee pod machines and they’re great at removing fingerprints. 

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5. Clean the milk frother

Get rid of any dried milk

There’s nothing quite so pungent as the smell of stale milk, so it’s essential to give the milk frother, if your machine is equipped with one, a thorough cleaning. Additionally, remember to clean it after each use to prevent the accumulation of dried milk residue. 

Many milk frothers, such as the one found on the Lavazza Deséa, can be conveniently placed in a dishwasher for easy cleaning. 

However, some milk frothers, such as Nespresso’s Aerocino, cannot be submerged in water or placed in a dishwasher. For such devices, fill the frother with warm water and add a squirt of dishwashing liquid. Make sure you don’t wet the bottom of the frother, where the electrical components are located.  

You can either then manually wash it out or, alternatively, seal the lid and turn on your milk frother. This should be sufficient to clean it, although it’s advisable to inspect the whisk separately to ensure it doesn’t require a more thorough cleaning. Rinse everything thoroughly before using it again with milk. 

Don’t forget to descale your machine 

Mineral deposits from water can build up inside your coffee pod machine over time, affecting its performance. Before you descale your machine, check your manual for instructions.  

Our advice is not to use vinegar, but instead choose a descaling fluid made especially for your machine or for coffee machines in general. Then follow our full step-by-step guide on how to descale your coffee machine. 

6. Reassemble and test

Run the machine through with water

Once all the cleaned parts are completely dry, reassemble your coffee pod machine.

Then, plug it back in and run a cycle with plain water, without a coffee pod, to ensure it’s working correctly and to remove any residual cleaning agents. It’s a good idea to run water through your machine like this regularly to clean the internal workings.  

Jayne Cherrington-Cook

Written by Jayne Cherrington-Cook she/her


Jayne is the Senior Editor at Saga Exceptional. She cut her online journalism teeth 24 years ago in an era when a dialling tone and slow page load were standard. During this time, she’s written about a variety of subjects and is just at home road-testing TVs as she is interviewing TV stars. A diverse career has seen Jayne launch websites for popular magazines, collaborate with top brands, write regularly for major publications including Woman&Home, Yahoo! and The Daily Telegraph, create a podcast, and also write a tech column for Women’s Own.

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