We all hate that 'bad taste' our coffee pot can leave in our freshly brewed cup of coffee. When it comes time to clean out our coffee makers, don't bother buying those name brand chemical cleaners. You have everything you need right at home for a safe and natural alternative coffee machine cleaner! Here are three natural alternatives to use when it comes time to clean out that coffee machine and coffee pot: #1 Vinegar You will need equal parts white vinegar and water. Before you get started, place a clean filter in the basket. Now, pour your vinegar and water mixture in the reservoir and start the brewing process. Halfway through the brew, shut the coffee machine off and allow the mixture 30 minutes to really work on those tough stains. After the 30 minutes are up, go ahead and finish brewing the last of the vinegar mixture. Let that last half of the mixture cool before pouring it out. Clean out your coffee pot with a little soap and warm water before filling it up with fresh water. Add this fresh water into your coffee maker and run a full brew cycle. All Done! Vinegar is a great alternative cleaner because it cuts through dirt easy and kills up to 99% of germs! This very handy alternative cleaner is safe and usually always found in your home. #2 Baking Soda Baking soda is a wonderful natural cleaning agent and known for eliminating some of the strongest odors thrown its way. Fill your Coffee Pot up with very warm water and half a cup of baking soda. Make sure you mix the baking soda into the water until it is fully dissolved making sure we avoid any clumps clogging your coffee machine. Now, run your mixture through your machine on brew cycle. Run a clean pot of water on brew after your mixture has finished. Your baking soda water can be left to soak your coffee pot for 30 minutes before using a rag or sponge to clean the inside and outside of your coffee pot and coffee maker. Baking Soda is a natural abrasive cleaner and is great at scrubbing away stains and buildup in your coffee pot and machine. #3 Lemon Juice Lemons are as natural as they come and they smell great! Lemons have an acidity almost equal to that of vinegar. When it comes to cleaning, Lemon juice is prefered to vinegar because of the stout smell vinegar has and can leave behind. Fill your coffee pot with two-third lemon juice and the rest with water. After the brew cycle of lemon juice mixture has finished, run a cycle of fresh water through your coffee machine.