DANIELLE OCCHIOGROSSO DALY
Germs love heat and humidity – two things your coffee maker produces each morning while brewing your daily cup. In fact, 50% of these home appliances contain yeast and mold, according to an NSF study. Yikes.
To make sure your morning cup doesn’t have any hidden surprises, you’ll want to clean your machine regularly. Carolyn Forte, director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Home Appliances & Cleaning Product Lab, swears by these three rules that will keep your coffee tasty:
1. Wash removable parts with dish soap after each use.
“This is important because it helps remove any leftover coffee, grinds and oil,” says Forte. “You can hand wash in the sink with lukewarm, soapy water, but generally the parts are dishwasher safe. And don’t forget to wipe down the exterior and the griddle where spills can burn. . ” She also recommends leaving the tank lid open so it can dry completely after each use!
2. Decalcify your machine every month with vinegar.
Over time, the minerals in hard water can build up in the inner workings of your machine and you may notice that your coffee takes longer to drain. To get things back to perfect condition, you need to clean and descale the machine. Forte’s trick: good old, reliable white vinegar.
Fill the reservoir with equal parts vinegar and water, and place a paper filter in the empty basket of the machine. Place the jar in place and “infuse” the solution halfway. Turn off the machine and let it sit for 30 minutes. Then turn the coffee machine back on, finish the preparation and empty the pot full of vinegar and water. Rinse while installing a new paper filter and preparing a pot full of clean water. Repeat once.
3. Make your carafe shine again with rice.
You should always wash your carafe after each use, but if it looks dirty over time, fill it with warm soapy water and a little rice. Stir the mixture to loosen any gunk. Use a scouring sponge to remove debris and rinse well.
Wondering how to disinfect a K-cup machine? We have what you need. Follow these tips for cleaning Keurig coffee makers from the Good Housekeeping Institute, and don’t forget your travel mugs too!
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