HOW TO CLEAN YOUR COFFEE MAKER
If your morning routine consists of a quick stop at a local cafe, then you probably rely too much on your coffee maker in recent months.
Without proper care, coffee residues can defect your machine, affecting the quality of your brew and even impairing your brewing.
If you do not regularly clean the wine basket and other parts, you may notice your coffee becoming increasingly bitter. Yeast, moulds or bacteria may grow in the moist environment of the remaining coffee grounds.
How to properly clean a coffee maker depends on the type of coffee machine you have. There are many different types of coffee makers; all of them also require different methods of cleaning and maintenance, aside from making coffee in different ways.
The four main types of coffee makers are –
- Drip coffee makers.
- Vacuum coffeemakers
- French Press coffee machines.
The following methods describe how you can clean any coffee making machine –
VINEGAR SOLUTION METHOD
Remove the filter and any coffee grounds from the machine.
Empty the carafe of any coffee grounds.,Throw away the used filter, Pour out any leftover water.
Step 2 Rinse out the basket.
Rinse out the basket with slightly warm water. Do this to make sure there aren’t any coffee grounds remaining inside of it. If there are stuck grounds, wash with liquid soap, and then rinse with warm water. Place the basket back in the coffee maker when all of the fields have been lifted.
Step 3 Use 1-cup vinegar to 2 cups of water.
Some machines recommend a lower amount of vinegar in the cleaning solution. You can find out the recommended amount of vinegar for your coffee maker by reading the user’s manual or by merely surfing the internet.
Step 4 Create a vinegar solution with water.
Mix a solution of 1-part distilled vinegar and 1-part warm water. If your machine calls for less vinegar, use the proper amount that is recommended. Pour this solution directly into your coffee carafe. Make enough solution to fill the water tank.
Step 5 Start a half brew cycle.
Press Brew one the vinegar solution is in the carafe. Oversee the coffee maker avoid it completing the cycle. Turn off the coffee machine one the half cycle is complete.
Step 6 Let the coffee maker rest for about an hour.
It allows time for the vinegar solution to tackle any mineral and moulds. If you are in a hurry and don’t have an hour, it’s okay to let it sit for about 30 minutes.
Step 7 Finish the brewing cycle.
Turn on the Brew option once again after half an hour. Let rest of the solution brew through the coffee machine. You might notice brown or white bits in the water. It is quite reasonable and means that the vinegar solution is working on the cleaning process.
Step 8 Pour out the vinegar solution.
After the coffee maker has finished the complete brewing process, pour the solution down the sink. It’s okay if there is still some of the solution left in the coffee maker.
Step 9 Rinse the carafe thoroughly.
Use some warm water and soap to clean out the carafe. You can use a sponge to scrub, or you can do it with your hands whatever suits you. Pour out the soapy water and rinse it only with fresh water to remove soap bubbles after you are finished cleaning.
Step 10 Pour fresh water into the carafe.
After you’ve rinsed it, pour fresh water into the carafe. Do not mix vinegar with clean water. Use the amount of water the coffee maker can brew.
Step 11 Run the brew cycle three times.
Press Brew to run a cycle with only water. Allow the brew cycle to run entirely. Then, repeat the brew cycle three more times. Pour out the water after one complete cycle. Let your coffee maker cool down for five to eight minutes between the periods.
Step 12 Clean the outside of the coffee maker with remaining vinegar.
If you don’t want to wash the outside of your coffee maker with soap and water, it’s also an option to use vinegar. First, fill any bottle with vinegar. Try not to dilute the vinegar. Then, pour some of the vinegar onto a decent cotton cloth. Wipe the outer surface of the coffee maker properly. Use more vinegar if required. Finish by rinsing it with water.
Step 13 Wash the coffee pot and basket.
You can wash the coffee pot and basket with your hands or put them into the dishwasher whatever is more comfortable for you to do. To wash by hand, pour some liquid soap onto a sponge. Scrub the pot and basket. Then, rinse with water.
And there you have a clean, refreshing coffee maker with a fresh new look and delicious coffee to be brewed.