According to the statistics, more than one billion people in the world drink coffee daily. In the world!! Can you imagine what that means? We are going to tell you! It means that coffee is by far the most loved beverage globally. It is incredible, isn’t it? The fact is that there isn’t a coffee drinker who will deny that there isn’t anything better than waking up to a smell of a fresh and delicious cup of joe. It isn’t only about the taste of course, although it is undeniable scrumptious. Coffee gives us that sensation of being awake, alert, and ready for new victories at work or university, etc.
It all works perfectly splendidly when you are satisfied with your java. But has it ever happened to you that you make coffee in your reliable coffee machine and suddenly notice that something is off? Let’s say that you make your favorite beverage first thing in the morning and you notice that the taste is off. You might think that it is something related to you and not pay attention. But the same thing happens the next morning. And then the morning after. Are you beginning to wonder what can be wrong? You are thinking that you didn’t change the type of coffee or anything else and you feel confused.
You are not the only one! Fortunately, we know the reason for your situation and we can help you out. So here is the thing. If this keeps happening to you, it means that you didn’t clean your coffee maker for a long time. You are not alone in that either. On the contrary, most people forget to clean their coffee machines, mainly because they don’t realize the importance of regular maintenance. That is why in this text we are going to talk about how to clean your purchased or DIY coffee maker and explain why that is vital for the quality of the beverage.
Why do You Need to Clean Your Coffee Maker?
Before we move on we would like to say that it is really necessary to regularly clean the coffee maker! Don’t forget that coffee is our daily beacon of hope which we wouldn’t be able to enjoy so easily if we didn’t have our coffee makers. Hence, we have a responsibility to invest just a bit of effort in this machine, as a sign of gratitude. Why? You see, you are probably not thinking about this, but your coffee maker is a prime breeding ground for mold and bacteria. A product testing company NSF International conducted a study in 2011 about household germs. They found mold and yeast in 31 % of households. And guess what? In fifty percent of those households, they found moldy yeasty coffee makers. It happens because the machine comes with water, followed by heat and trapped humidity. Simply said, things can get pretty disgusting and to prevent that NSF recommends cleaning washable parts daily. The rest of the machine should get a thorough cleaning at least once a month. Generally, if you are cleaning all the washable parts every day, things are pretty simple. You just need to wash them with soap and lukewarm water, rinse and let them dry. But since we know that you all need coffee and you want your appliance to be in a top-notch state we will explain how to ensure a thorough cleaning.
How to Clean Your Coffee Maker with Vinegar
There is another problem, besides yeast and mold. You see, we usually have hard water in our homes. Over time minerals from hard water for coffee build up in your machine’s inner parts and prevent coffee from coming out. To get the machine into its previous state you need to decalcify it. The best thing you can do in that case is to clean it with vinegar. Let’s see how.
• If there is some old coffee or coffee grounds put them in the basket. Then put back the pot and the basket.
• Pour ½ of hot water and ½ of white vinegar into the tank. This type of acid solution will remove the limescale and another mineral buildup.
• Start the coffee maker as you would if you were making coffee. When the cycle is done pour the solution back into the tank and go for another round.
• When it’s done, through the liquid and clean the equipment in hot water with soap.
• Wash the basket too with hot water and soap. Brush it with a toothbrush to make sure that you remove the entire residue.
• Pour clean water into the tank and start the cycle again. Do it two times to make sure that all the vinegar is out. Once you are finished, clean and dry the water spots with a smooth, soft cloth.
• It is best to wash the pot and the basket once more, either manually or in the dishwasher. Make sure that the parts are completely dry before you put them back.
How Often Should You Clean Your Coffee Maker?
As we mentioned, you should clean daily all the parts that you can remove. Simply wash them manually with hot water and soap. Keep in mind that this is something that wants to take more than a couple of minutes of your time. However, it will keep your appliance in tip-top condition for years to come. If you want to ensure that your machine is working properly, descale it with vinegar once a month. Besides vinegar, you can also use sodium bicarbonate, lemon juice, or hydrogen peroxide.
How to Clean a Filthy Coffee Pot
You might also notice dark traces on your coffee pot. Normally, this happens after a while. However, you can make your coffee shiny again with few simple steps.
• Clean it with lemon and salt. First, pour hot water into the pot and then throw it away. Add coarse salt (Kosher, rock salt) to the bottom of the pot. Cut the lemon in halves and start scrubbing. Wash the pot with hot water and soap.
• Use a detergent tablet. There is another option. Put a detergent tablet in the pot, add boiling water and let it for one hour. Through the water away and rinse until clean.
Cleaning a coffee maker is essential if you won’t keep it in tip-top condition and enjoy a delicious cup of joe without any worries. Many people are not aware that this is necessary. Some also procrastinate because they think it will take too much time. However, as you have seen this is a pretty straightforward and fast process. And the results are truly amazing? Do you clean your coffee maker? Do you have some tips?