Vinegar is an incredibly versatile product and has become a household staple as it is cheap, widely available, and can be used for just about anything. One misconception about vinegar is that it is a good way to clean and descale coffee machines. While it may sound self-serving, it is NOT.

Bad Idea To Use Vinegar:

  1. The vinegar leaves a strong odor (as everyone knows) that can co-mingle with coffee oil, turning your fresh brew into a “fresh ew.”
  2. It does not clean! While vinegar might be able to gently break down some hard water deposits, it does not effectively clean your coffee machine or remove oils.
  3. It takes forever to rinse: our tests show that vinegar takes 3.5 times longer to rinse out of a drip brewer or capsule machine than does Dezcal, Full Circle Descaler, or other Urnex Brands, Inc. products.

There you have it: vinegar is great for almost anything. Rather than waste water trying to rinse out your semi-cleaned and now-smelly coffee machine, use a professionally formulated coffee machine cleaner or descaler.

And to prove that we at Whole Latte Love do not hate vinegar, here are a few of our favorite places to use vinegar (just some of the 1,001 ways to use vinegar):

  1. Wacky cake—quick rise cake made without yeast, eggs, butter, or milk
  2. Easter eggs—vinegar is an important component for coloring!
  3. Window cleaner—simply combine vinegar, water, and some elbow grease!
  4. Salad dressing—it’s as easy as olive oil and vinegar!
  5. Pickling—come on, who doesn’t love pickles?


Urnex Brands Inc, a family owned business, has been manufacturing cleaning products for coffee, espresso, and tea equipment since 1936. Today, the company portfolio includes powder, liquid, and tablet formulas which are distributed in over 65 countries around the world. All products are manufactured in the USA and produced with proprietary formulas created by the in-house technical team. Urnex Brands, Inc sells products under 3 brand names: Urnex, Puro and Full Circle™. Products are available for both commercial and home use. Urnex is proud to be the official cleaning product sponsor of the WBC. For more information go to