It’s an easy guess that you are here because of being the one among the 85% Americans who brew coffee at home. So, you have bought the best drip coffee maker home and are stuck at how to clean it. Well, we are going to tell you the best method for that, but let’s first know about why it is important to clean the coffeemaker.
Why is Cleaning a Coffee Maker So Important
When we think of germs and bacteria in the kitchen, a coffee maker is often skipped, and that’s one of the biggest mistakes. In actual, it’s one of the highest germicide spot at home, and sometimes and the spread can be even more than that of a bathroom. This is why; the cleaning of coffee maker is a necessary thing and should not be skipped. The method is a little long and is not required on daily basis, but do it monthly or bi-monthly. Although after every use, you should clean the external parts like filter, warming plate, carafe and water reservoir with a little baking soda. It will remove the coffee, grounds and oil. Many of the coffee maker’s external parts are dishwasher safe, so that should be an easy task.
However, you may notice the long brewing time of the machine in a long run. It’s because of the hard water mineral built up in the inner parts. For that, a thorough cleaning is required. ( To reduce the built up, always try to use filter water)
How to Clean the Drip Coffee Maker
- Empty the coffee maker from grounds and coffee.
- Place a paper filter into the empty basket of machine.
- Fill the reservoir with 1:2 parts of white vinegar and water, like 3 cups vinegar and 6 cups of water. Let it stay there for 5 minutes.
- Run half brewing cycle and let the solution sit for 20-30 minutes.
- Run the remaining half cycle to empty the solution from the reservoir and inside the machine. If the machine is not cleaned from long, repeat steps 3-4 2 more times for a thorough cleaning.
- Now run the coffee maker 2 times with water in an interval of 15 minutes to get rid of the smell of vinegar.
- Wipe off the machine with a clean cloth and you are done cleaning.
Cleaning a Single Serve Coffee Machine
Single serve cleaning is almost the same as that of the drip, so we thought of explaining that too. It is the coffee maker that is very now extremely popular everywhere because of simplicity and ease of use.
- Fill the water reservoir with ½ cup vinegar and 1 cup of water; do not insert any pod into the machine.
- Run the brew cycle and let it complete.
- Leave the machine for 15 minutes.
- Run the brew cycle again with water 2 times in an interval of 15 minutes and you are done.
We hope that the steps above were easy to follow and you are now on the way to clean your coffee machine. Cleanliness is one of the best way to avoid bad health and illness, and so, it should be taken seriously.