How to clean a Coffee Maker

Introduction: On an average, home coffee makers have higher germ counts than both bathroom door handles and toilet seats. Here is a guide on how to clean a coffee maker.

how to clean a coffee maker

Every morning you depend on your coffee machine to get a good cup of coffee. But do you clean your coffee maker machine regularly?

According to 2011 NSF study, people don’t consider their coffee maker to be a place for bacteria and mold, but surprisingly it is and on average, home coffee makers also has higher germ counts than both bathroom door handles and toilet seats.

If you own a coffee maker at home and wondering how to clean it, try out the following strategies to keep your coffee makers brewing strong.

After each use:

It is always best to wash the removable parts of your coffee maker after every use. It removes coffee, grinds and oil. You can just wash at the sink with warm and soapy water.

Every month:

Once a month, you should deep clean your coffee maker. You may notice that your coffee takes time to drip than usual, that’s because of calcium deposits in your maker’s inner workings. To get it back to its original working shape, you need to cleanse and decalcify the maker. The best solution to do that is using white vinegar.

Empty the coffee pot; check out for any leftover coffee in the pot. Fill the coffee pot with 3 cups of white vinegar and 6 cup of cold water. If you have small coffee maker, adjust the white vinegar to water using 1:2 ratios. Now, turn on the coffee maker to brew a pot. Once the brewing is complete, turn off your coffee maker and let the vinegar solution to sit for 30 minutes and then finish brewing. Now brew water-only for two cycles. This will get rid of any remaining vinegar taste. Turn off coffee maker for 30 minutes between each brewing cycle.

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You can follow the same steps for single-cup coffee makers.

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