Gone are the days when coffee makers were used only in coffee houses. Coffee machines have made their way into households and maintaining them can prove to be a tedious job, especially if you don’t have the right methods in hand. When dealing with coffee makers, you need to ensure that you don’t break the machine while cleaning it. Also, the filters used are pretty delicate and you have to ensure that they are not damaged. Your cleaning process should not just ensure that the machine is cleaner, but you should also make it a point to keep the machine intact.
Steps to keep your coffee makers clean:
Cleaning a coffee maker doesn’t end once you wipe off the surface. The internal water container needs to be cleaned, so does the whole filtering and coffee making system. Here are the steps you can follow to clean up your coffee machines,
- First and foremost, switch off your coffee maker and take it off the power supply. This is the most essential safety measure that you need to take without fail.
- Next, check if your carafe is filled with any deposits, and throw them away. Without this step your cleaning process will remain ineffective. If your coffee’s taste has gone bad, then these deposits could be the main reason.
- Your next step would be to clean up the internal water container. To do this, mix up equal proportions of white vinegar and water.
- Fill up the water container with the vinegar solution that you have prepared in the previous step. Let the container be almost full with the solution.
- Next, switch on the coffee maker and let it brew. Wait until this happens half way through and then switch off the machine.
- Allow the vinegar mixture to stay in the container for an hour or so. This will disinfect and clean the container along with the other parts through which the vinegar has flown.
- Once the time interval of one hour is over, switch on the machine and complete the brewing process. This will pour out all the vinegar solution.
- Now fill up the container with water and run the brew program a few times, until the vinegar solution’s smell and deposits get washed off.
- Finish up the cleaning procedure by cleaning the filter holder and the carafe. You can do this by hand washing these items with the normal dish soap liquid or bar.
- Once the internal cleaning is done, wipe the outer surface with a damp cloth. If you find that there are stains on the surface, you can use a diluted soap mixture to clean them up thoroughly.
When the above cleaning process takes place, it is normal for the vinegar to spread its odour around. It is slightly uncomfortable, however once you see that your coffee machine is clean inside out, you will be very happy. All your effort will definitely be worth it.