How you should be cleaning your coffee maker
Some people might not be aware but cleaning your coffee maker after every use is extremely important. In fact, it is the last place you would expect yeast, mould and bacteria to grow. But according to NSF International Household Germ Study in 2011, coffee makers join the likes of sponges and are ranked in the top 10 germiest places at home. Think about that the next time you have your cup of Jo.
A common mistake is to forget to remove the filter and coffee grinds right after use. We leave the chore, thinking we'll get to it later but we're humans and sometimes we forget. So when you finally remember that you should be cleaning your coffee maker, it would be spawning mould and other nasty stuff by then.
The best way to avoid this is to chuck out the coffee grinds and filter, then wash all the removable parts after every use. With a sponge and soapy water, wash off any oils, stains and coffee residue before rinsing. Don't forget to also wipe down the exterior of your coffee maker for coffee splatters and spills that could actually burn and stain the heating plate.
Air dry all the parts and leave the water reservoir open to air dry when not in use. Remember germs love moisture!
If you start to notice that your coffee is taking longer to drip out, this could be due to mineral build up. Not to worry. You can easily reverse this and get your machine to its optimum state again. Start by filling up the water reservoir with equal parts of water and vinegar, then put the paper filter in place.
Place the glass coffee pot where it should be and set it to brew. When cleaning your coffee maker using this method, stop the brewing midway and let the vinegar and water sit for 30 minutes. After that, turn it back on again and let it finish brewing until the reservoir is empty. Discard all the vinegar and water in the pot. Then rinse everything out by repeating the same process again, but this time with clean water.
If you're cleaning your coffee maker regularly enough, then your coffee pot shouldn't look too shabby. But if it does look like it needs a good clean, try a bit of warm water, detergent and some rice. Swirl it around in the pot to get rid of gunk that might be stuck. A non-scratching scrub can also do the trick.
You can also sprinkle in some baking soda as an alternative. Some gentle abrasion should scrub off any residue left in the pot, and baking soda is really great for getting rid of any smells. Particularly if the pot has gone mouldy.
Just remember these steps and you'll be enjoying your cup of Jo every morning with no complaints! Make it in the comfort of your own home, because on some days coffee is best enjoyed while lounging in your PJs.