Your coffee maker provides you the fuel to get up in the morning. It gives you that extra somethin’ somethin’ to tackle those tasks, wrangle those kids, and get stuff done. So, let’s show that could-live-without-you-but-I-don’t-wanna caffeine machine some love with a proper cleaning.
It is important to regularly clean your machine. A clean coffee maker look nicer, it will last longer and make a better tasting cup of Joe. (why do they call it Joe anyways? I mean, why not Steve? “A cup of Steve”…doesn’t have the same ring to it does it?).
Ok, so what is the best method for cleaning your coffee pot?
To deep clean your traditional coffee makers the obvious, but extremely important first step is to unplug the machine. Once everything is cool, empty any remaining coffee that is in the pot and dispose of any left-over coffee grinds.
To clean your coffee pot, it is best to hand wash with warm soapy water. Make sure to rinse the pot well when finished and let it air dry. Then, remove and hand wash any removable parts, also using warm soapy water. Make sure you rinse everything very well. No one wants soap flavored coffee!
Next you will want to clean the actual coffee-making part of your machine. To do this, you can simply mix equal parts distilled vinegar and water in your machine. Then brew just as you would when making a regular pot of coffee. After this brewing cycle is finished, brew once more with clear water only (no vinegar this time).
For single serve pod coffee makers, the process is much the same. Washing any removable parts in warm soapy water, rinse well and leaving to air dry. Then move on to cleaning the inside of the machine.
To do this, fill the water reservoir with a 1:1 mixture of water and white distilled vinegar. Then begin the brewing cycle just as you would when making a cup of coffee. Continue doing this until the water reservoir is empty. Once the reservoir is empty rinse well with fresh water and run several more brewing cycles with the fresh water. After this you are good to go!
It is best to wash any removable parts of your coffee machine after each use. To avoid calcium buildup and mold, be sure to deep clean your coffee maker at least once a month.
And for any of your other house cleaning needs, be sure to give your local Two Maids & A Mop a call!