I don’t know about you, but my first interaction of the day almost always includes my coffee maker. Cat needs food? Phone is ringing? Yeah, yeah, everyone can wait — I NEED COFFEE. Considering how essential my coffee maker is to my day-to-day, it’s pretty disgusting how little attention I pay to its maintenance. Apparently it’s not enough to simply dump the filter…
You probably didn’t see this coming, but your coffee maker is actually one of the most bacteria-prone spots in your entire home. Don’t make the mistake of googling this. Please, just take my word for it (and DON’T look up pictures, either!)
Here’s the verdict: you need to be hand-washing your coffee pot and filter after every use. The whole of the machine can go longer sans wash, but make sure you thoroughly clean any area likely to accumulate grinds.
Once a month, clean the rest of the machine using white vinegar. Here’s how:
- Pour a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and water into the area where you’d usually pour the water for your daily brew.
- Add an empty filter where you’d typically pour the coffee grinds.
- Turn your machine on and allow the vinegar concoction to brew to the half-way point.
- Turn the machine off and let it sit for thirty minutes.
- Finish brewing the rest of the vinegar.
- After every last bit of vinegar has collected in the pot, dump it out.
- Fill the machine with water and let it all brew out into the pot.
- Now repeat!
Ta-da! You have a bacteria-free coffee maker, and it’s probably running a lot faster than before…
[Photo: Williams-Sonoma ]