How to Clean Your Coffeemaker

Most people use their coffeemaker every day. Because it gets used so often, most coffeemakers are caked with dirt and grime, often in places that you can’t see. Constant use of your coffeemaker allows dirt to build up, and without regular cleaning, your coffeemaker could cause a health risk. A dirty coffeemaker can greatly impact the taste of your coffee, so it is important to know how to keep your coffeemaker clean and working well. Hard mineral deposits, oil leftover from coffee brewing and other particles can greatly impact the quality of your coffee and the water you use for brewing. It’s important to know how to clean your own coffeemaker on a regular basis to keep it clean and sanitary and also in good working condition.

The first step you want to take when cleaning your coffeemaker is to be sure it’s completely off. Take time to inspect your coffeemaker for any damaged areas, including the plug and on and off switches. Make sure your coffeemaker is free from cracks and dents that may cause water leakage. Keeping your coffeemaker in good working condition will make sure that you will not encounter appliance issues later on.

Next, you want to make a solution of one part vinegar to two parts of water. This is the easiest do- it -yourself formula to clean out your coffeemaker. Pour this mixture into your coffeemaker’s water reservoir and let the coffeemaker go through a brewing cycle with this mixture. Do not put coffee grounds into the filter during this cycle, but be sure that the filter and coffee pot are in their places while running the vinegar solution through your coffeemaker because the vinegar will help clean those areas as well.

After running the solution through your coffeemaker for one cycle, turn your coffeemaker off and let the solution cool completely. After the water has cooled, rinse out your coffee pot and repeat the process with the vinegar and water a second time, allowing it to cool again after the cycle ends.

Now rinse out your coffee pot and fill it with fresh, clean water. Run the water only through your coffee maker twice, allowing your coffee maker to cool between cycles. This will be sure to rinse any leftover impurities out of your coffee maker, as well as getting the remaining vinegar out. After running these cycles, check your coffeemaker for any leftover dirt or grime. If you’ve never cleaned your coffeemaker, it may take several more cycles to get it completely clean. Be sure to check your filter and pot for any leftover residue and rinse it thoroughly.

When you’re done running through the cleaning cycles, unplug your coffeemaker and take time to hand-clean the outside of your coffeemaker, paying special attention to areas that never get cleaned or wiped during your normal cleaning regimen. Keeping the inside and outside of your coffeemaker clean will ensure a fresh-tasting pot of coffee every time and will keep the grime and impurities from building up.

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