How to clean coffee maker
Nothing is more pleasant than getting a cup of morning coffee at home, but have you ever imagined how germy your coffee maker can be? The coffee maker is so germy mainly for two reasons: moisture and warmth. If you don’t clean it regularly, chances are that you’ll find your coffee tastes bitter and funky.
Wash removable parts
It is important to give a clean to the removable parts of the coffee maker after every use, as the coffee, grinds, and oil can be left in the corners you don’t notice. You can hand wash them in the sink with warm soapy water, or put them in the dishwasher –most pieces of coffee maker is dishwasher-safe. After each use, do remember to leave the reservoir’s lid open so that it can dry out totally.
Decalcify your machine regularly
When you notice the signs below, you need to decalcify your coffee maker right away:
1, Extra grounds in your brewed coffee
2, Longer than usual time to brew a cup of coffee
3, Mineral build-up on the surface of the machine
To get things back in tip-top shape, you need to use the vinegar and water to decalcify the machine.
1, Fill the reservoir with 1 part vinegar and 1 part water. Place a sheet of a paper filter in the machine’s empty basket.
2, Leave it for about 30 minutes and turn on the brewing cycle.
3, Fill the reservoir with fresh water and brew for two to three cycles until the vinegar smell is gone.
Clean your carafe (drip machine)
No matter your machine has a glass carafe or an insulated thermal carafe, you should remember to clean the carafe with lukewarm soap water after each use. If the coffee stains are too stubborn, fill the carafe with 1 part baking soda and 2 parts hot water. Let it sit for hours and then rinse with running water.
Some drip coffee makers have a hot plate rather than a thermal carafe. After the hot plate gets cooled, wipe off any spilled coffee. You can also scrub the plate with a damp sponge and some baking soda. The drip tray of pod coffee makers is also a heaven for germs. Make sure to empty it on a regular basis, and clean it with soap and warm water.