It is a daily routine for many people to get a coffee at a local café in the morning. But it costs you a lot and if you get a coffer maker and make coffee at home, it will save you a large amount of money.
But using a coffee maker at home means you have to clean it yourself at a regular basis, so that you can get the best tasting drink and have no trouble in germs. A study shows that coffee reservoirs rank among the most germiest places in homes.
There are two major reasons that home coffee makers have so many germs: they are in high moisture and are warm for a long time.
Some people are not aware that they need to clean their coffee makers at a regular basis, which makes the problem popular among users.
So it is necessary to check if your machine requires cleaning regularly. For daily cleaning, what you need to do is use a soap to wash it. For monthly cleaning, do it with some vinegar and your machine will remain as clean as a new one.
1) Daily cleaning for coffee makers:
A. Dump the coffee grounds or use the coffee grounds in the garden.
B. Take the lid and filter basket off. Put them in the sink. Fill some warm water in the sink and use some soap to clean the parts. Wash the carafe and then take other removable parts off and do the same.
C. Dry the parts with a towel, or put them under the sun to dry.
D. Use a clean, damp towel to clean the machine.
2) Monthly cleaning for coffer makers:
A. Add about 1 liter of vinegar to the reservoir and let it sit there for half an hour.
B. Start the coffee maker to let it run through a cycle.
C. After the first cycle, fill some fresh water in the coffee maker.
D. Go on with the third cycle, during which fill some more fresh water in the coffee maker until there is no vinegar smell.
E. Empty the water and leave the coffee reservoir open to air until it is used the next time. In this way, the mold, bacteria and yeast will be removed away.
F. If you have a single-serve coffee maker, you can also use vinegar to clean it. If these signs occur to your single-serve coffee maker, you need to clean it up:
It takes a longer time than usual to brew a cup of coffee.
It only brews a half cup of coffee when you expect a full cup.
There are more grounds or granules in the coffee brewed by the coffee maker.
There are some unpleasant smells in the coffee maker
There are some minerals that can be seen on the coffee maker.