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Can I descale using CLR?

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Roy Perham, I'd stay away from CLR. It is extremely difficult to remove the CLR taste and smell from your brewer after. I'd suggest to stick with a vinegar/water mix. You did not tell us if you tried to clear the descale message by disconnecting the power plug from the wall outlet for at least 15 minutes, then re-plug the power cord into the wall outlet.

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Yep, @oldturkey03 is 110%. CLR will not only foul your machine, nearly permanently, but it will likely destroy sensors and corrode delicate components inside your machine. Breville recommends in their BKC600XL manual to purge the boiler of any machine that has been sitting for over a week. Breville also recommends descaling once a month by:

# Dumping water out of the reservoir, and

  1. Then filling the water reservoir to the “Max” line with vinegar;
  2. Purging the system using vinegar (this will replace the water with vinegar);
  3. Let the machine sit for at least 4 hours with the vinegar in the hoses and boiler;
  4. After 4hrs, empty the remaining vinegar from the water reservoir and rinse the reservoir followed by filling the water reservoir with clean water;
  5. Use the “Purge” method to empty the boiler and tubes of vinegar and replace it with water.

If your BKC600XL is not producing full amounts of the setting you selected or it is very slow to start, the culprit is likely the plastic screen below where the water reservoir valve inserts to deliver water. You can inspect this by removing the water reservoir and looking into the machine intake where the water reservoir inserts into.

You can usually buy 4 liters, or 1 gallon, of vinegar for 1/4 of the price of a bottle of CLR.

Cleaning a coffee pot is one thing, but sending a marching CLR army of acids and oxides along with a litany of other foul-tasting and dangerous chemicals into your valuable coffee machine that you spent your hard earned money on, to inadvertently ruin every sensor it comes into contact with is terrible. CLR ingestion can cause oral burns, vomiting, and gastrointestinal disturbance.

If you want something stronger than vinegar, look for Urnex descaler or oil-remover. These are available that the big box stores. Urnex is recommended by Breville.

The biggest issue is practice regular descaling and cleaning. Don’t just clean the mineral build ups but learn how to clean the entire area where pods are inserted because coffee and organic matter buildups can and will grow fungus and mold within a very short period of time. Those invaders will also ruin the flavor of your coffee and could make you very sick if left unattended.

The ifixit guide for disassembling the group and pod receiver will help immensely . . . take the time to learn how to maintain your coffee machine and follow the cleaning schedules recommended in the guides or you could end up drinking terrible tasting coffee or worse get very sick from some fungus or mold that has capitalized on the constant supply of coffee dust and other organics in your pods.

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