Coffeemakers can easily have mold and bacteria due to the high level of moistures. Coffeemakers require cleaning after every use, and you should deep clean them at least once a month to remove hard water deposits and other impurities. Some people think the easiest way to do this is to buy coffee maker cleaners and pop it in the dishwasher. However, this does not ensure thorough cleanliness. Here are some tips on practical ways to clean your coffeemaker.
Clean removable parts after every use:
You can handwash the removable parts of the coffeemaker with warm and soapy water in the sink. Most coffeemakers provide dishwasher-safe parts, so you can also use the dishwasher. Also, keep the lid of the reservoir open after each use to let moisture dry.
Salt and Ice:
You can use ice and salt to clean hard water deposits and grease from your carafe. Cleaning a carafe with a narrow mouth is a difficult chore. Just put in some crushed ice and add table salt to it. Mix vigorously, and you can see how the carafe is sparkling.
Water and rice:
If your carafe looks dull after constant use, you can fill it with warm, sudsy water and a little rice. Use a scrub sponge to remove debris and rinse thoroughly.
Vinegar and Water:
Empty your coffee reservoir, and the coffee filter of used grounds. Fill the tank with vinegar and water in 1:2 ratio. Turn on the coffee maker and run a brewing cycle. After the brew-cycle is completed, shut off the machine. Allow the vinegar solution to sit for 15 minutes. After this, you have to run the brew cycle twice with only water. Allow a gap of about 15 minutes between the two cycles. Running water cycles only will help you get rid of the vinegar smell. In the course, the hard water and mineral deposits will also be cleaned.
Baking Soda and Water:
You can also use baking soda and water to clean your coffeemaker as vinegar may damage some coffeemakers. You can also use lemon juice also as a substitute for vinegar. Use soda and water and brew a cycle to get rid of stains and grease. It can also remove the coffee smell.
For single cup coffee makers first, empty the machine and make sure there is no pod in the device. Add half a cup of vinegar and one cup of cold water. Pour the mixture into the reservoir. Keep the pod area empty. Turn on the coffeemaker to brew a cup and once the cycle is complete shut the machine and allow the solution to sit for about 15 minutes. Run two brew cycles with only water making sure there is 15 minutes gap between each cycle.