Before finding out how to clean a coffee maker with vinegar, let’s figure out why you need to in the first place. Everyone loves a good cup of coffee. Well, anyone who loves coffee, that is. You may show your love for this beverage by making cups of it every day. You brew your coffee so frequently that your coffee maker turns moldy from being exposed to liquid and moisture over and over again. And what do you get from this? The structure of a coffee maker creates a tube that traps moisture inside it. Even when you dry the machine after use, there could be some moisture left inside. And with the machine being closed most of the time, the inside is a fertile ground for bacteria to grow and mold or yeast to flourish.
Recent finding even shows that one in ten coffee makers houses coliform bacteria. It is also said that compared to a door handle or a toilet seat, coffee maker reservoirs are home to higher counts of germs. If you continue to use the coffee maker without properly and thoroughly cleaning it up first, you are at risk of ingesting dangerous threats. While your body can possibly take on these invaders, they would at some point grow big enough to cause sickness.
That is why you need to know about how to clean a coffee maker with vinegar. Using hot water is not an effective solution for this matter. Adding hot water might even add more moisture in the reservoir, further promoting mold’s growth. Plus, your tap water may contain mineral, which over time would build up in your coffee maker. Vinegar is an affordable and efficient ingredient that will sanitize your coffee maker while removing mineral buildup at the same time. Filter basket, lid, and the carafe are parts of coffee maker that require thorough cleaning using vinegar solution. In an area with hard water, cleaning should be done once a month while in soft-water area, cleaning can be performed once every two or three months. Two factors that determine how often you should sanitize your coffee maker are: the frequency at which you use the appliance and how long it stays unused. But as a rule of thumb, decalcifying and sanitizing a coffee maker should be in your list of regular maintenance to avoid sipping a cup of mold-infused coffee every day.
Below are the steps of how to clean a coffee maker with vinegar:
- Fill in your coffee maker’s chamber with a solution of water and vinegar. One part of water requires equal part of vinegar. Turn your coffee maker on, place a paper filter, and let it brew until the chamber is half empty.
- Turn the machine off. Leave it be for 30 minutes. Turn it back on to finish brewing and the chamber is completely empty.
- Rinse the machine clean by removing the filter and placing a new one after pouring a pot of clear water into the chamber. Repeat this step once.
- Fill the carafe with warm soap water as well as some rice for added abrasiveness. Swirl this mixture inside the chamber. Remove any gunk using scrubber sponge. Rinse again and let dry.
- Using a damp cloth, wipe the exterior.