By Guest Blogger, Dennies John
7 Tips to Clean a Drip Coffee Maker
Did you know that poor maintenance is one of the biggest reasons why kitchen appliances meet an early death? Drip coffee makers are no different. Foul taste, ugly stains, and slow brewing are some of the big warnings that signal you when it’s time for a thorough clean up.
But the good news is that regular cleaning can keep all troubles at bay, and you don’t have to be spending copious amount of time doing it! Here are some easy and valuable tips to clean your drip coffee maker and lengthen its life span in the process.
- Empty your pot
Let’s start with the obvious. After each cycle, empty the coffee/pods and its residues from the filter. Scoop them from a spoon if needed, and simply dump them into a bin. This will prevent any solid waste from clogging the sink.
- Dissemble the parts
Residues have a way of seeping through parts that aren’t sealed. That’s why it is important to dissemble all the parts that come off, including minor parts like the rubber that seals the lid. The best coffee makers have fewer parts, and that’s a blessing especially if you have to wash them by hand. Once dissembled, they’ll provide access to every nook and cranny that needs cleaning.
If yours is a machine that isn’t dishwasher-safe, then submerge the parts in a basin with soapy water, instead of soaping them one by one. This will save time, and help to remove even the stubborn dirt. Once done, scrub them and rinse off under running water.
Just because certain parts cannot be washed doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be cleaned. They will accumulate dust, dirt and even splashes of coffee over time. So make sure to wipe them with a wet cloth and repeat it at least once in every two days. This will make your coffee maker look brand new for years to come.
- Dry off
Never reassemble the parts of your coffee maker without drying them first. Not doing so is like an open invitation for mold and bacteria. Remember, it’s never easy to kick them out once they take up residence in your coffee maker.
- Use vinegar
According to Mercola.com, vinegar is proven to be the best natural and non-toxic cleaner that can be used on a coffee maker. It not only kills about 80% of mold and bacteria but also removes mineral build-up caused by hard water. All you need to do is mix equal portions of vinegar with water and let it run through the coffee maker at least twice a month.
- Battle Stains
Stains are the first thing that makes your machine look older than it actually is. Baking soda is a great way to get rid of them. For light stains, scrub the area with a sponge by dipping it in baking soda. If that doesn’t work, let a solution of baking soda and water sit in the coffee pot overnight.
If these tips proved to be valuable to you, start adjusting your cleaning-habits right away. You’ll be rewarded with a better looking coffee pot and better tasting coffee in no time at all.
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