The Kitchen Catalog states that one can clean a Cuisinart coffee maker by running 1/3 cup vinegar through the machine accompanied by 2/3 cup water. After this step is complete, run clean water through the system twice to remove any vinegar that may still be present. This cleans out the coffee maker by removing old coffee grounds as well as calcium build up.
Cleaning a Cuisinart coffee maker should be done every time a light appears above the word clean. If the coffee maker does not have this feature, it is recommended that one clean the coffee maker every month, especially if hard water is used to make the coffee.
If one would like to clean the carafe lid and basket, it is recommended to use warm soapy water and avoid using abrasive cleaners. A dishwasher can also be used to clean the carafe lid and basket as long as they are placed on the top rack only. The coffee pot should be washed after every use to avoid build up. However, if cold water is used to wash the pot, it is important to let the coffee pot sit out until it is back to room temperature. This ensures that the glass doesn't crack when the pot is placed on the hot plate.