If your morning routine used to consist of a stop at a local café, you have probably come to heavily rely on your own coffee maker now that things have changed, and you tend to stay at home. It is hopefully doing its job and brewing just fine right now, but your machine may be long overdue for its own incentive or energizer in the form of a good cleaning. When you do not take proper care, coffee residue and mineral buildup can damage your machine tremendously, affecting the quality of your coffee and even cause the machine itself to malfunction constantly. Coffee makers engineers say that you should probably clean your coffee maker every two to six months. This depends on how often you use your machine. Try to check your coffee maker’s instruction manual and get the rough estimate.
Wash removable parts after every use
However, you should also know that your coffee machine can also be a ground for mold to grow. This is because it regularly comes in contact with water and the trapped humidity. Use dish soap to remove coffee, grinds and oil that remain. Hand wash your pieces with warm water and soap and if they are dishwasher-safe you can opt for washing them there. A good tip is to also leave the reservoir’s lid open so it can dry out completely after each use.
How should you clean your coffee machine?
Prepare your solution
To get your coffee maker as clean as the day you brought it home, all you have to do is dilute distilled white vinegar with an equal amount of water. The measurements will depend on the capacity of your coffee maker, but the idea is to fill her up with a 1:1 ratio.
Over time, hard water minerals can build up in your machine’s inner workings, and you may notice that your coffee takes longer to drip. Getting the coffee maker into its best shape requires for you to clean and decalcify it.
Fill your coffee maker
Pour the solution into the water chamber of the coffee maker and put a clean filter in the basket. You can proceed to run your machine as if you are making coffee. Keep an eye out while the coffee maker is running because you are going to stop it midway. When it reaches that midpoint, you are going to stop the machine and let the solution do its job while it sits idly for an hour.
Run the machine again
When the hour has passed, start the brewing process again and let it finish its job. When the hot liquid is all emptied into your pot, you can say the deep cleaning of you machine is over and complete.
The machine might have acquired a vinegar smell so you can do a couple water cycles, 3 or more depending on your machine, and rinse the solution out. That is all. Now you can use your machine as you normally would.
What about a Keurig coffee maker?
First, unplug it
Once you unplug it, you can begin by taking apart the parts and properly washing them. Remove the drip tray and wash it as you would any dish. Dry all the items you have washed and set them aside.
The reservoir should be cleaned regularly. Again, warm, soapy water will do the trick, just be sure to remove the filter if your machine has one before washing and then let it air dry. Do not dry it with a towel or anything since this can leave lint behind that might affect your machine.
Run the machine with a water cycle at its highest capacity. This is to get rid of any soap that might have remained.
Keurig machines don’t need to be cleaned as often so you can descale your machine once every three to six months to avoid calcification. Do you need the process? Keurig has made a simple step-by-step that you can find here. However, this one does mention their brand name solution, but we are here to let you know that using the average 1:1 ratio of distilled white vinegar and water will do just the trick.
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