Are you a coffee addict that cannot do without the daily dose of this energizing drink? If your answer is yes, you probably already own a coffee maker. If not, you can always buy one of the most efficient coffee makers on the market- single serve ones are the best!
Alas! Buying the coffee maker will make your coffee preparing process much quicker, but unfortunately, this convenience comes at a cost. Namely, the moisture which is always present in these machines makes a great environment for mold and bacteria to develop.
For this reason, you need to learn how to clean your coffee maker the right way. After all, you certainly wouldn't like to find mold in your first-morning coffee! Wouldn't that be a bummer?
You should believe us when we tell you that your coffee maker can cause some serious health problems if you do not clean it regularly. If you choose not to believe us, there is a study done by the NSF International found that deals with this issue and supports the notion that yeast, bacteria, and mold growing in the reservoirs of some types of coffee makers can be dangerous for human health.
The study proved that almost half of the twenty-two home coffee reservoirs inspected during the research have more germs than the toilet seat or bathroom door handle. Quite disgusting, isn't it? Yikes.
Germ specialists who study household germs have proven their point, and it is now up to you to act appropriately and preserve the health of your loved ones. Our bodies can deal with a lot, but at one point you, or someone you serve coffee to, will get sick, and you certainly want to avoid such a horrid scenario!
There is no specific rule regarding how often you should clean your coffee maker as that depends on many factors. First of all, it depends on how often you use it. Another thing to consider is how long you leave it to rest. If you do not clean the coffee maker and leave it that way while you go away on vacation or long weekend, the mold spores will have quite enough time to grow in that moist surroundings.
Most of the people are too busy to follow a monthly cleaning schedule recommended by most of the manufacturers. In fact, majority perform occasional cleanings at best. If you recognize yourself as a part of this group, at least give your best to clean your coffee every three months.
Cleaning your coffee maker regularly will not only help you preserve your health but also provide you with better-tasting coffee. We all need our coffee to remain tasty, don't we?
Well, then you need to be responsible and stop looking for excuses, roll your sleeves up and get down to cleaning your coffee maker the way it should be done!
First of all, it is recommended that you wash the removable parts after every use. That will remove all the grinds, coffee debris, and oil that remained in the coffee maker. Simply use warm water and mild detergent, or, even simpler- place everything in a dishwashing machine (first remember to make sure if the parts are dishwasher safe!).
You can also use a damp cloth to wipe the exterior of the coffee maker as well as the warming plate as that is where spills tend to be. After you reassemble the coffee maker leave the reservoir lid open so that it dries out completely and there is no moist for germs to thrive on.
Next, at least once a month decalcify the coffee to remove all the hard water minerals that tend to build up inside of it over time. A sure sign that you have this residue is noticing that your coffee takes longer to drip. The only solution to restoring your coffee maker to optimal performance is to cleanse or decalcify the machine.
Luckily for all of us coffee-lovers, decalcifying the coffee maker does not require too much time, effort or resources. In fact, all you need is some white vinegar and good will.
The steps you need to take are the following:
1. Make a cleaning solution by mixing equal parts of vinegar and water.
2. Use a paper filter and fill the coffee maker’s reservoir with this cleaning solution.
3. Brew this mixture until you empty half of the reservoir.
4. Turn the coffee maker off.
5. Leave it to sit for half an hour.
6. Turn the coffee maker back on and let it complete the brewing process.
7. Throw away the full pot of the cleaning solution (you will be surprised how dirty it will be)
8. Put a new filter in and pour clean water. Brew it as to rinse the machine.
9. Repeat the rinsing procedure once again.
10. Fill the pot of the coffee maker with some warm water and add a handful of rice. Swirl that mixture (the rice will act like a gentle abrasive).
11. Using a scrubber sponge remove the remaining gunk.
12. Rinse and dry the pot.
13. Wipe the outside of the coffee maker. (Remember-you should do this every day!)
14. Make yourself a delightful cup of germ-free coffee!
As you can see coffee makers can be real hotbeds for mold and bacteria, and you should really invest all the time and effort to clean them as often as needed. If you don’t, you will suffer the consequences.
It is not too hard to keep your coffee machine clean; and if you do, it will reward you with germ-free and great tasting coffee every time you feel like it. What else can you wish for from such a simple machine?