Coffee is a very important part of a lot of people’s day, but over time your coffee maker will start to gather calcium build up and even mold. This is why it’s very important to keep your device clean. Here are a few easy ways using household ingredients to ensure delicious tasting coffee every day.
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Cleaning with Vinegar
The most well-known way to clean out the coffee pot is by using vinegar. Vinegar is a solution that contains 5-10 percent acetic acid. This kind of acid is fantastic for clearing out lime, also known as calcium carbonate. This makes for a great, but stinky, cleaning agent.
To begin, fill the water holder half with water and half with white vinegar. Start the machine and allow it to get through about half of the cycle before stopping it. Let the coffee maker sit for about 30 minutes. This will allow the vinegar to do its job and breakdown all of the calcium throughout the device.
When the time is up, turn it back on and allow the water/vinegar solution to finish going through. Empty out the coffee pot and run another cycle with just clean water. You will want to do this a few times to ensure all of the vinegar is washed out. Let the coffee maker air dry; this will also help to vent out the stinky vinegar smell. If your next pot of coffee tastes a little odd, run clean water through the device again; some of the solution may still be inside.
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Cleaning with Lemons
This method is a good alternative if you have allergies to vinegar, or if you just can’t handle the smell. Fresh lemons are the best to use, but you will need a lot of them to have enough juice. If you aren’t willing to put in the time, you can use the pre-bottled juice instead. The reason fresh lemons are preferred is the level of acid they hold. Bottled lemon juice has a lower acid content due to the process needed to bottle it. Because of this you will need a bit more to clean properly compared to if they were fresh.
The same steps apply for the most part. Fill the water holder one-third of the way with lemon juice and the rest with clean water. Start a cycle but stop it about halfway through. Allow this solution to sit for an hour since it’s not quite as strong as the vinegar. Once the time is up, let the cycle finish and empty the pot. Run a couple of cycles with just clean water. Always put new water in every cycle. Hot water going back into the reservoir can damage the coffee maker.
You shouldn’t need to run more than two clean water cycles because the lemon flavor is much less potent than the vinegar.
Cleaning with Soapy Water
While dish soap is not always recommended due to it leaving a slight film, it is handy if you don’t have any vinegar or lemons on hand. All instructions stay the same except for measurement amounts. Fill the reservoir completely with clean water and add 2-3 drops of dish washing soap. Do not add too much soap as bubbles may start escaping. Do not let the water sit; have the cycle go through like normal. Because the soap has a low acid content you may need to run a new batch of soapy water through an extra time. Run batches of clean water through the coffee maker until no soap bubbles remain.
Ways to Clean Your Coffee Pot
The coffee pot is just as important as the coffee maker itself. If the pot is dirty, your coffee is going to taste gross no matter what you do.
The vinegar method works just as well on pots as it does inside the maker. Fill the pot with a mixture of vinegar and water. Allow pot to sit for about 30 minutes before rinsing thoroughly.
Lemon, salt, and ice are a great cleaning mixture as well. A lot of restaurants will use these because they are always on hand. Start by slicing a lemon into wedges and squeezing the juice into your pot. Throw the rinds in there too along with a couple tablespoons of salt and half a cup of ice. Swirl mixture around in the pot to ensure it reaches everything; you can also let it sit for about ten minutes. Dump contents and rinse when finished.
Soaking the pot and filter basket in hot soapy water is an easy way to clean them, too. Fill up a sink or bucket with the solution and allow these to soak for an hour. Rinse implements with hot water and dry completely before placing them back into the coffee maker.
Cleaning Everything Else
The most popular way to clean the coffee pot as well as the outside of the coffee maker is with baking soda. This method is the easiest on the device since it doesn’t have any acidic properties nor does it leave behind any kind of film.
Fill the pot with hot water and add in a couple spoons of powder. Mix well and allow to sit. While that is soaking, take a damp rag and sprinkle baking soda onto it. Scrub away at whatever else is dirty or stained. When you’re finished, dampen another rag and wipe down your device to get rid of any residue. Remember to rinse out the pot and dry both with a fresh dry rag.
Lastly, compressed air can be your best friend if you live in a dusty area. Remove the pot and filter to ensure the dust doesn’t get trapped on its way out. Spray the air into the crevasses throughout the coffee maker that you wouldn’t be able to reach with water. You can spray down the filter and pot if you feel it is necessary.
Hopefully, these ideas will help to keep your coffee maker sparkling and your coffee tasting delicious!