Your machine lights up with the indicator — it’s time to descale your Tassimo! We had our Tassimo for a few years before it indicated it was time to descale, and when it happened, I had no idea what to do. It still worked with the indicator light on, but it didn’t seem like a good idea to keep using it.
What you’ll need to descale your Tassimo: the cleaning disc, the empty T-Disc with a bar code on it that tells the machine to run water through the system, and descaler. But — how to descale your Tassimo when you have none of those things on hand? That was my problem, but I solved it!
Descale Your Tassimo Without Descaler
How do you descale your Tassimo without descaler? Sounds like a tall order. You could go and get descaler, of course, but in my case, I live outside of a serviced area and would have to order it and wait. If you need to descale now, there are the general options available:
- VINEGAR – Seems like a good idea, right? But Tassimo recommends against it, and that’s because it’s too acidic. It might work, but it might screw up your reservoir. It’ll probably also make your coffee taste terrible after the fact.
- CLR – Yes, people on the internet said to put CLR in the reservoir to descale your Tassimo. But that seemed like a horrible idea to me — I use that stuff to clean my bathtub and I don’t really want to ingest it. It’s also not recommended for coffee makers with a built-in reservoir, but it’s allegedly okay for the type where the reservoir attaches, like our Tassimo T20 model. Still, not a fan of the concept.
- CITRIC ACID – This one is apparently good and easy.Word has it that Kool-Aid, the powdered kind you have to add sugar to, is a good source. But, there’s another way, and it’s what I used…
- THE WINNER – LEMON JUICE – The pure kind, as in, RealLemon — the stuff from the little yellow squeezy-bottle. I used two tablespoons of lemon juice and one tablespoon of baking soda, and added it to just over 500 mL of water; you have to use at least two cups.
Descale Your Tassimo Without the T-Disc
We lost our disk. I didn’t really feel like spending the money (or waiting) to get a new one. Here’s something that saved my life and will save yours if you are in the same boat: Bob Copeland has the barcode in PDF format! Print it, tape it to an already-used disc, ignore the gross watered-down beverage in your cup, and descale your Tassimo. You may find the paper disintegrates; that’s fine because you can just tape another label on next time.
How to Descale Your Tassimo — In Plain English
The Tassimo manual is basically in hieroglyphics. However, Nerd Fever’s plain English explanation of how the process works is all you need.
Get your (homemade) solution into the back of the reservoir and your (homemade) cleaning disc into the usual place, then hold down the button as if you are making coffee. If you did it right, the coffee-making indicator will blink along with the descale indicator.
How Did it Work?
Twenty minutes after this process began, I had a really disgusting cup of watered-down coffee, lemon juice, water and baking soda, and a soggy disc in the holder, but the descaling light was off and I was only out a buck for the lemon juice.
This had no negative effects on our machine, though it was probably more complicated than just using descaler and the factory standard T-Disc. In the event that you get stuck like I did, though, and you’re desperate for coffee, this should work.