If you’re like most people, you start your day with a nice hot, fresh cup of coffee. Nothing beats this eye-opener for getting us going in the morning, and for some, it’s even a necessity. But, how long has it been since you’ve cleaned your coffee maker? Do you know how to clean your coffee pot?
Why Clean Your Coffee Pot
If we don’t properly maintain our coffee makers, our fresh cup of Joe doesn’t taste all that fresh anymore. Starting off with a bitter, unpleasant cup of coffee can set a negative tone for the whole day. Don’t let this happen to you; take a few minutes each week, or at the very least each month, to give your coffee maker a good cleaning.
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Your kitchen tap water plays host to many minerals and impurities, these, in turn, are passed along to your coffee maker every time you make a cup of coffee. Calcium, lime, and other deposits will build up if we’re not careful. Once the minerals harden, they can clog up the inside of the coffee maker. Plus, when you keep your coffee maker clean the coffee just tastes better.
Use Vinegar To Clean Your Coffee Maker
If it’s been a while since you last cleaned your coffee maker, or if it’s never been cleaned at all, use three cups of straight vinegar for cleaning. If you’re cleaning your pot every week, fill your coffee pot with equal parts water and vinegar. Pour the vinegar or vinegar solution into your coffee maker and let it run through the machine.
If your machine is clogged or it’s been a while, repeat this process with fresh vinegar. Once the vinegar has been run through, turn off your coffee maker and let it rest, and cool down for a little while. After about thirty minutes fill your coffee pot with clean cold water and run this through the coffee maker. Repeat this process two or three times until the vinegar, as well as the calcium, lime, or other deposits, are removed from the inside of the machine. Turn off the coffee maker and let it cool down.
Move Everything To the Sink For A More Thorough Cleaning
Fill your sink with warm, soapy water. You can use any dish detergent for this. Remove the coffee filter cup, permanent coffee filter (if your machine uses one) coffee pot, and lid, and place them in the soapy water to soak. If you’d like, you can add a cup of vinegar to the water which will make the glass coffee pot shine.
With a sponge, give all of the components in the sink a good scrubbing and rinse with clean warm water. Place everything upside in your dish and drain to dry. If you air-dry the glass coffee pot you’re less likely to have spots or streaks than if you dry it with a dish towel.
Take your soapy sponge and give the coffee maker itself a rub down making sure to clean off any old coffee or dirt from the exposed surfaces. Rinse with a clean damp sponge and dry with a cloth. When everything is dry, put your machine back together. You’re now ready to make another cup of coffee.
Enjoy Your Next Cup!
Once you taste that first cup of coffee, you’re sure to agree that cleaning your coffee pot on a regular basis makes all the difference. Isn’t it worth it to start the day on a positive note?
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