Coffee is made up of various components such as oils that bring out the wonderful flavor of the bean. These amazing oils also can make a coffee maker quite dirty. These oils cannot be simply rinsed with water, either. Many people are unsure of what to use to clean a coffee maker. They don’t want to use chemicals because this can harm their bodies since residual chemicals could be left in the coffee maker after cleaning it.
A coffee maker needs to be cleaned at least once a month. Luckily, there are many household products that can be used to clean a coffee maker without the worry of harmful chemicals. Vinegar is a non-toxic household item that is very effective in cleaning coffee makers. Baking soda is another method that will have to be used more often as it doesn’t have as lasting of an effect as vinegar. Bleach is another method, but is best for just the coffee pot and not to be run through the machine.
Vinegar is probably the best option when it comes to cleaning a coffee maker because of its acidity. The acidity in vinegar helps get rid of lime, mineral build up, and residual oils left from beans. To use the vinegar method, soak the coffee pot with vinegar. Also, run vinegar through the coffee maker. After doing this, rinse off the coffee filter holder. Also fill the coffee maker with plain water and run this through. Repeat with fresh water until the vinegar flavor is gone.
Drip coffee makers should be cleaned monthly. By using a mixture of one part vinegar and two parts water in an amount to fill the coffee pot, those cleaning the coffee maker can get the coffee maker clean. The mixture should completely run through the coffee maker. Those with a clear coffee pot will be able to see all the coffee, oils, etc that the vinegar was able to remove. Regularly cleaning a coffee maker ensures the best flavor in coffee.