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How To Clean Your Dolce Gusto Machine With Vinegar

Mary Smith
By Mary Smith. Updated: July 3, 2024
How To Clean Your Dolce Gusto Machine With Vinegar

Love the convenience of your Dolce Gusto machine for quick and delicious coffee? While these capsule-based machines are known for minimal daily cleaning, regular descaling is essential to maintain their performance. Don't worry, the process is simple and even cost-effective.

This oneHOWTO guide will walk you through everything you need to know to descale your Dolce Gusto machine and keep it brewing top-notch coffee for years to come.

You'll need:

  • Dolce Gusto coffee machine
  • Product for cleaning coffee machines
  • Water
  • Disposable container
  • Vinegar (optional)
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What does descale mean on a coffee machine?

When it comes to coffee machines, descaling refers to the process of removing limescale buildup from the internal components. Limescale is a hard, chalky deposit that forms when water containing calcium and magnesium minerals evaporates inside the machine.

Limescale buildup can affect the water flow and temperature within the machine, leading to weaker or unevenly brewed coffee. Descaling helps maintain optimal brewing conditions for a richer and more flavorful cup. Not only that, but limescale buildup can clog internal parts and restrict water flow, potentially leading to breakdowns.

Limescale buildup can also reduce the machine's heating efficiency, requiring more energy to reach the desired brewing temperature. Descaling helps maintain optimal performance and potentially reduces energy consumption.

How do I know when my Dolce Gusto needs descaling?

The most easy way to know if your Dolce Gusto needs descaling is by checking the descaling indicator light. It might be a specific light or a change in the usual light pattern (e.g., turning orange). Check your machine's manual for details.

Not all Dolce Gusto models have a descaling light, and even if they do, it might not always be functional. Fortunately, there are other signs to watch for.

  • If your coffee seems weaker than usual, it could be a sign of limescale buildup restricting water flow.

  • Inconsistent coffee strength or uneven brewing could indicate clogged pathways due to limescale.

  • If it takes noticeably longer than usual to brew a cup, limescale buildup could be hindering water flow.

  • If your machine makes grinding or rattling noises during brewing that weren't present before, it might be due to limescale buildup.

Even if you don't experience any performance issues, it's recommended to descale your Dolce Gusto machine every 3-4 months, or more frequently if you use it daily with hard water. This helps prevent limescale buildup before it affects performance.

How to descale a Nescafe Dolce Gusto machine

Keeping your Dolce Gusto machine descaled is essential for maintaining its performance and enjoying delicious coffee. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you through the process:

  1. Ensure there are no coffee capsules inside the machine. Check the capsule dispenser and make sure it’s empty before placing it back.

  2. Fill the water tank with 500ml of water.

  3. Open your coffee machine descaler product (available at supermarkets and hardware stores). Then pour the descaler solution into the water tank, following the instructions on the packaging.

  4. Place a container under the coffee spout to catch the liquid.

  5. Turn on the machine and activate the water outlet as if brewing a coffee, letting the descaler solution run through the machine. The water may appear cloudy initially.

  6. Once the descaling solution has run through, refill the tank with clean water.

  7. Run the machine again to rinse out any remaining descaler solution. Repeat until the water runs completely clear.

After rinsing thoroughly, your Dolce Gusto coffee machine is descaled and ready to use as usual. Ever wondered how to make a Dalgona coffee? We tell you all about it in this other article.

How To Clean Your Dolce Gusto Machine With Vinegar - How to descale a Nescafe Dolce Gusto machine

How to descale my Dolce Gusto with vinegar

Vinegar can be effective for descaling some appliances because it's a mild acid. Such acidity (acetic acid) helps dissolve calcium and magnesium deposits, the main components of limescale buildup. Vinegar also has some natural cleaning properties that can help loosen and remove residue within the appliance.

To descale your Dolce Gusto machine using vinegar, follow these steps:

  1. Mix equal parts of white vinegar and water. For example, if you use 500ml of water, add 500ml of vinegar.

  2. Ensure there are no coffee capsules in the machine. Remove and discard any used capsules from the dispenser.

  3. Pour the vinegar-water solution into the water tank of your Dolce Gusto machine.

  4. Place a container under the coffee spout to catch the liquid.

  5. Turn on the machine and activate the brewing cycle as if you were making a cup of coffee. Let the vinegar solution run through the machine completely.

  6. After the vinegar solution has passed through the machine, refill the water tank with clean, fresh water.

  7. Run a brewing cycle with just water to rinse out any remaining vinegar from the machine. Repeat this step until the water runs clear.

  8. Finally, wipe down the exterior of the machine with a clean, damp cloth to remove any vinegar residue.

Descaling with vinegar is a cost-effective alternative, but be mindful that the smell of vinegar may linger temporarily. Ensure thorough rinsing to remove any taste or odor from your coffee afterward. For more information on how to clean with vinegar, be sure to read this other article.

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What did you think of this article?
gail anderson
after i descaled my machine i still have a yellow light showing
Margaret Freer
Descaled but yellow light still shows. How do I reset please
Gillian S
I have descaled my machine twice but the orange light remains. How do I reset it to show the green light again? Thanks
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Gillian,

Is there much scale on the machine? It is perhaps a faulty light, but it could also not have worked due to a very heavy scale or even not using enough product?
jacqueline jones
I have descaled my coffee machine twice but the orange light remains what do i do now.
H. Judd
Is it possible to buy descaling liquid online? If so, please let me know the website address which I should visit.

Thank you.
Peter James Croft
Can I buy descaler on line
OneHowTo Editor
Yes, Amazon or various retailers will stock it.
Patricia Smith
I think the mathod to de-scale your machines would be helpfull to users if the instructions were
issued with the machine
Janette Pullan
Just rerun another descale still orange descale showing no green ready light
Janette Pullan
I have descaled my coffee machine it is still showing orange for descaling did again same thing won't go back to green as in ready. HELP
David Ball
Thanks you have saved me paying over the odds for the Dolce Gusto descale pack.
We have completed the descaling as instructed. How do we get rid of the little red warning light?
OneHowTo Editor
Pressing the on/off button again should get rid of the light.
Hope this helps
I believe you missed telling that to descale, once you've done all the prep to begin the descaling process, you press AND HOLD the on/off button until it starts flashing - then it does it's thing to descale through the cleaning process. You fill the tank with the water/vinegar/descaling solution, you make sure the pod portion is empty and that the arm is down, you set the strength to as high as possible, then you PRESS & HOLD DOWN the on/off button until it blinks - the machine does the rest. After doing above, you do it all over again with plain water.
OneHowTo Editor
Thank you for the tip Cheryl!
thank you so much for this Cheryl I started to pull my hair out as the light would not go off. but did follow the above with no go win until I saw your post thank you so much for your very important piece of information all is well and now done...
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