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As a coffee lover, I’m always on the lookout for efficient machines that make great brew. When our household chose to graduate from a French press to a Nespresso machine, I was thrilled with all it had to offer. We were so pleased and in awe of the variety of flavors that were now available. It has been seven years since we bought our Nespresso machine and it’s still running strong!

Nespresso coffee machines are very popular in the US. Some of them can be difficult to clean, though, with many small pieces that can break easily. But you don’t have to be afraid cleaning your machine. You see, I spent all this time cleaning my Nespresso and making a guide on how to do it.

Turn the machine off

  • Turn the machine off. Then, gently lift up the handle and remove the water tank.
  • Remove the drip tray by turning it anticlockwise.
  • Unscrew the lid of the water tank and empty it out. If you have a machine with an external water reservoir, remove it from the top of the machine by pulling it upwards.
  • Clean all parts with a soft cloth or sponge and warm soapy water, then rinse thoroughly with clean water.
  • Dry with a soft cloth or chamois leather, ensuring there are no damp patches on any part of the machine before use.

Press and hold the button for 3 seconds

  • Press and hold the button for 3 seconds.
  • Remove the water tank by lifting it up and out of the machine. Pour out any leftover water in the tank (or discard).
  • Wipe down the exterior of the coffee machine with a damp cloth, or spray with a multi-purpose cleaner like Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Extra Power Cleaner Spray and Wipe Refill, $5 for 6 bottles on, then wipe dry with a cloth or paper towel.
  • Remove any residue from inside of the water tank by running vinegar through it as described above until no more bubbles appear in your cup when you press brew button.

Turn the machine on again

  • Once you’ve run through the cleaning cycle, turn the machine on again.
  • If your machine still isn’t working properly, try resetting it by pressing and holding the button marked “Nespresso” on the back of the machine for 20 seconds. Then turn it on again and try brewing a new cup of coffee.
  • If your Nespresso machine is still not working after completing these steps, contact our Customer Service team at 800-211-6993

Unplug your Nespresso machine (for safety’s sake)

  • Clean the water tank
  • Use a soft cloth and warm water to wipe down the water tank and lid. If you have hard water, use vinegar and water to wipe the inside of the tank. This will remove any mineral deposits that may be present in your water.
  • Wipe out the capsule tray
  • Use a soft cloth to wipe out any coffee grounds that may have built up in the capsule tray. Be sure to clean this area regularly so you don’t get clogged lines or dirty brews!

Clean the brewing unit

Use a damp sponge or soft cloth to wipe out any coffee grounds that may have built up inside your brewing unit. You should also check for any leaks in this area as well by placing a little dish soap on it and looking for bubbles forming around the seam of your machine’s housing. If you see bubbles forming, then you need to take apart your machine and tighten all of its gaskets before using it again.

Remove any parts that can be removed, including the capsule container, used capsule container, drip try and water reservoir

The Nespresso machine is easy to clean.

  • Remove any parts that can be removed, including the capsule container, used capsule container, drip try and water reservoir.
  • Use a soft cloth to wipe down all surfaces of the machine.
  • Run a solution of warm water and vinegar through your machine. This will eliminate any remaining coffee oils or other residue from your last cup of coffee.
  • For stubborn stains on your brewing unit’s gasket or inside of your used capsule container, use a little dish soap and warm water to wash away any residue left behind by your last cup of coffee.

Fill a bucket or large bowl with warm soapy water

There are many methods for cleaning a Nespresso machine. If you want to get rid of stubborn stains, consider using vinegar or hydrogen peroxide. If you want to keep your machine at its best, follow these steps on how to clean a Nespresso machine:

  • Fill a bucket or large bowl with warm soapy water. Use a mild dish soap and wipe down all areas of the machine with the soapy water and sponge. Rinse thoroughly afterward with warm water until all traces of soap are gone from each surface.
  • Use distilled white vinegar in place of water when brewing coffee if you have hard water in your area that leaves mineral deposits on your espresso maker’s parts over time. Vinegar will help remove these deposits and keep them from building up again over time, which

Place all removable parts in the soapy water and let them sit for about 30 minutes

  • Place all removable parts in the soapy water and let them sit for about 30 minutes. Use a soft sponge or cloth to wipe away any residue that has accumulated on the body of your machine.
  • Run one cycle with just water through your machine. This will ensure that all remaining soap is washed out of the machine, leaving it fresh and clean.
  • Dry all removable parts thoroughly before placing them back into place.


The cleanliness of your Nespresso machine isn’t just about aesthetics either. No matter how new or old your machine is, it will operate more efficiently if it’s properly cleaned and maintained. With that in mind, cleaning your Nespresso is simple and easy to do. Not to mention, it’s significantly cheaper than buying a whole new machine every time it breaks down.


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