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KitchenAid and Affresh Review and Giveaway


Coffee is part of my every day life. I think most parents can relate; it’s either a caffeine kick in the morning after a sleepless night with the kids or a day of waiting for that hour where you fall into bed at night again.


I had to think about it but realized we’ve had the same coffeemaker for 7 years.  Normally I clean my coffeemaker with vinegar and water and although I think it’s clean, it leaves the stench of vinegar behind. This time I tried Affresh coffeemaker cleaner to see the difference.




I used the new KitchenAid coffeemaker to show you the Affresh tablet in action because my old coffee maker is a solid colour water compartment. As I dropped the tablet in, I immediately noticed it start fizzing. The instructions didn’t indicate to wait until it stopped fizzing but I thought it best to wait a minute to let it clean the water tank anyway. I went on to clean my old coffemaker in the same manner by brewing a pot of water with cleaner through the machine and after only one cycle you can see the difference in water colour above, my old coffeemaker on the left and the new/never used coffeemaker on the right. What you can’t see in the picture are all the floaties from the hard water. One word, yuck!


The steps to clean the coffeemaker were easy:

Step 1: Fill the reservoir with water.
Step 2: Drop 1 tablet into reservoir.
Step 3: Run 1 brew cycle (or clean cycle if applicable) into brew pot
Step 4: Discard dirty water from brew pot.
Step 5: Run 1 brew cycle using fresh water to rinse the coffeemaker. 




I did not clean my old machine that long ago, it was fully rinsed free of grounds and coffee prior to this test and that was how dirty the water was. I was drinking out of that machine! I used the Affresh Coffemaker Cleaner on my multi-cup machine but it’s compatible with single-serve machines as well.



Mineral deposit build-up on your coffeemaker over time through the water tank, tubing and brewer can effect the taste of your coffee. I know from experience that regular cleaning of my machine means I taste the best flavours of coffee; most coffee drinkers can tell the difference. I know vinegar is a common choice for cleaning but we all know how it smells and even tastes, leaving a flavour in your next few pots of coffee. I like vinegar but not in my coffee.


I was impressed with the Affresh cleaner. After one cleaning with a tablet and a cycle of just water, my coffeemaker was sparkling clean with clear water and no floaties. This is a great reminder to regularly clean my machine.


Are you still using vinegar to clean your machine?




Enter to WIN a KitchenAid Coffeemaker and Affresh Cleaner

It’s easy to enter; just tell mehow long ago you cleaned your coffeemaker in the comments below and fill out the form below. Open to Canadians.


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I received a coffeemaker and Affresh cleaner to conduct my review. Despite the sponsorship, all opinions are 100% my own; I would never write about things I don’t believe in.


202 comments on “KitchenAid and Affresh Review and Giveaway”

  1. I cleaned it a month ago

  2. I honestly don’t remember ever cleaning my coffee maker!

  3. i have no idea. i never have. i think my roommate does. oh goodness i hope he does!

  4. I feel slightly embarrassed but, I’ve never cleaned my coffee machine. Sure I’ve cleaned the pot & rinsed where you put the filter…but nothing like that! Oops

  5. a month ago

  6. Well, I can’t seem to recall…so too long 🙂

  7. Cleaned it yesterday

  8. It’s probably been at least three months — and definitely overdue for another!

  9. I cleaned mine about 6 weeks ago.

  10. I wash the pot daily.

  11. Over a year ago!

  12. I’ve never cleaned mine

  13. when it last plugged up…about a year ago 🙁

  14. Honestly it has been months I can not remember

  15. you have to clean them??

  16. A few weeks ago.

  17. A few weeks

  18. MMMM Like Easter time with Vinegar, Yikes

  19. Oh man, it’s probably been about a year or more!!!

  20. I just rinse it out every day, never really deep cleaned it.

  21. sad to say – never

  22. My husband takes on that task and he just did that tonight.

  23. Sadly, Never lol

  24. I wash it just about every day.

  25. I’ve never cleaned it — it was new about 6 months ago. I just wipe down the outside daily.

  26. It has been a couple of months since I’ve cleaned mine.

  27. My answer to your question is, I can’t remember, so that is bad isn’t it? 🙂

  28. The last time that I cleaned my coffee maker was probably six months ago when I ran vinegar through it several times.


  29. Hmm, I think about two months ago

  30. we clean it like every other month

  31. I am not sure I have ever cleaned it

  32. i dont remember the last time i cleaned my coffee maker lol my husband usually does it aha

  33. I honestly cant remember! definitely been a few months!

  34. I’ve cleaned my coffee maker very recently. Because I pulled the little old “emergency coffee maker” out of the closet when the new one died. I had to clean it before I used it.

  35. :/ I have never cleaned mine, I honestly didn’t know you had to……I just take the coffee filter out and rinse the little plastic thingy, and of course the carafe. Now I am thinking I need to totally clean my pot!

  36. hahahaha Actually not that long ago, like 1 month, because it was REALLY due to be cleaned!

  37. I cleaned it two months ago with vinegar

  38. Mehhhh, a couple weeks :/

  39. The last time I cleaned my coffeemaker was over a month ago…

  40. EKK I did it last spring !

  41. LOL uhm… maybe 2 months ago….. <_<

  42. We usually clean it around every 2 weeks.

  43. It has been at least 6 months for me!

  44. It’s been 3 months since I’ve cleaned my coffee pot!

  45. the one i am using is fairly new so i havent deep cleaned it yet. but i wash it every day

  46. I cleaned the coffee maker either three or four days ago.

  47. It has been about 3 months.

  48. I clean my coffee maker (and my micro wave when needed) with vinegar & water every couple of months

  49. Yikes, that’s a very good question. I’ve cleaned the glass part and the outside I wipe off often but as for really cleaning it?… never?

  50. Embarrassed to say that it’s been looking ago enough that I don’t remember when I last cleaned it.

  51. Never

  52. It has been a few months!

  53. I actually cleaned it early August. I used vinegar. I always wipe it down and rinse it out but deep cleaning only about once or twice a year.

  54. 3 months ago

  55. Oh dear, I can’t remember it’s been that long…

  56. I cleaned mine about a month ago.

  57. My husband’s the big coffee drinker in our house. He cleaned the coffee maker two weekends ago. I know, amazing, huh?

  58. It’s been at least a month! It’s such a hassle sometimes, so I’d love to try this!

  59. I got my coffee maker a year ago and have never cleaned it.

  60. About 3 months ago.

  61. I can’t remember the last time I cleaned my coffee maker but I did run vinegar threw it a few months ago

  62. I’ve never cleaned it.

  63. please delete my comments I did not see it was for Canada until after I got going:) sorry

  64. About a month ago.

  65. Have to be honest and say about 5 months ago. I do give it a quick swipe with a wet paper towel every other day but that is about it.

  66. i dont have on its been a few months since i had one so the last i cleaned one was a few months ago

  67. umm… mean the coffee makers dont clean themselves?! I think I should put this task on the honey do list!

  68. It has been too long since I’ve cleaned my maker

  69. A few months

  70. Maybe a couple months ago

  71. Once a month ~ usually on the first weekend of the month. In fact, we just cleaned it last Saturday. We do this very consciously because it really does make a noticable difference: Boy does the coffee taste better!

  72. I wash out the Coffee Pot daily; however, its definitely been a while since I cleaned with it Vinegar.

  73. Last week I cleaned mine

  74. About a month ago

  75. It’s supposed to be cleaned??? lol

  76. Ive never cleaned ours, however its pretty new and I have only used it about 2-3 times

  77. It has been a couple of months. I guess I know what I will be doing soon. 🙂

  78. 2 months ago and this reminds me I need to do it again.

  79. I wipe the outside regularly but the insides, not that I recall lately

  80. Never! Because I don’t own a coffee maker! But I just bought my first home, and I need a coffee maker for entertaining guests!

  81. mostly once every four to five months.

  82. a few months ago

  83. i haven’t cleaned my coffee maker in at least 6 months

  84. I clean my coffee maker on the 1st of every month!

  85. Oh gawd.
    I clean the pot and the filter basket. Does that count?

  86. I (just so happened) cleaned it this morning!

  87. It’s probably been right around 6 or so months, so yeah, most definitely time for a good cleaning :/

  88. Haha I do clean it but the only time I give it an awesome scrub down to remove the hard stains is when company is coming over. So most recently a month ago I guess.

  89. Haven’t done it yet but need to

  90. I cleaned mine last week!

  91. I would say at least 6 or 7 months cleaned it before we moved into the new house

  92. I usually clean mine every day. Thanks for having this contest.

  93. I’ve never cleaned my coffee maker other than washing down the outside.

  94. I cleaned mine last week.

  95. I clean my Keurig regularly

  96. I last cleaned it a month ago.

  97. I rinse it out every night, but as far as a real cleaning. . . . Maybe 4 months.

  98. Thanks for the giveaway…we’ve got hard water, so we have to clean ours every 2-3 months !

  99. I clean it once a month.

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