Noticed a change in your coffee maker’s behavior? Maybe coffee doesn’t taste just as good as it used to? Maybe it’s nowadays a little noisier? If yes, then it’s time to give your brewer a proper cleaning. But it always auto-cleans itself after using? The truth is even the most expensive and those with integrated auto-cleaning need a manual and thorough cleaning once in a while.
So why is cleaning the answer? From time to time, dust and fine coffee residue accumulate inside the coffee maker and in a couple of month’s starts to impair your brewer’s capability. It can even deteriorate the life span of the brewer if left untouched. On top of that, calcium build up in the water reservoir can lead to mold and yeast growth. Mold? Yes, mold and yeast thrive best in warm and moist areas and inside the water reservoir is a perfect spot. In fact, a study carried out by the NSF International discovered that over half of coffee makers are infected by mold. This could be harmful to your health.
Luckily, cleaning your coffee maker is relatively easy and can be done without spending money. You can decide to spend on those descaling powders or simply use some water and vinegar. Vinegar has been proven from time to time to be the one of the best and cheapest cleaning solutions for decalcifying and getting rid of those residues. Now that you’re ready, follow the below steps to clean your coffee maker.
Steps to Cleaning your Coffee maker
- Start by making sure your unit is completely empty. If not sure, clean with warm water. Be sure to remove the filters if any and the carafe as well.
- Take a 2/3 water and a 1/3 vinegar (or half of each) and pour it in the water reservoir.
- Let the solution sit for about 3 to five minutes then turn the machine on and let the mixture run through the brewing cycle.
- Once the brew cycle is done, switch off the machine and let leave the vinegar and water solution undisturbed for around 2o minutes. This helps remove or soften any stubborn stains and residue inside the brewer.
- Drain all the solution and brew a pot of clear water. Once complete, let it cool for a couple of minutes then brew another pot of clear water, so as to remove any vinegar residue.
- Fill the carafe with warm soapy water, gently scrub it with a sponge then rinse. Clean the exterior with a damp cloth and let the unit dry.
- That’s it! You can now enjoy your coffee the way it’s supposed to be.
In case you are not a fan of vinegar, you can always use coffee cleaning chemicals and descaling powders instead. A good start is the Mr. Coffee Coffeemaker Cleaner. Simply mix the powder with water and run it through as described above.
Now that your unit’s back to perfection, you’ll want learn some new techniques to make sure you won’t be cleaning it every weekend (not that it’s a bad idea).
First start by using only filtered water to prepare drinks. This saves you from the wrath of water impurities especially calcium which builds up to clog the internals. Next you’ll want to know how regularly you should give the brewer a thorough cleaning. If you are using it every day then at least once a month and if not at least once per 3 months. Do this and you’ll never have to complain about your coffee flavor degrading with time.