What’s better than a hot cup of coffee in the morning? Even though that morning Cup of Joe is your wake-up call, not everyone realizes that coffee pots can be a hotbed for bacteria. Read on to find out why you should be cleaning the one kitchen item that needs it the most.
Coffee makers are the perfect environment for mold and bacteria
In 2011, NSF International found that coffee reservoirs are among the top 10 germiest places in the home. And it makes sense since bacterial agents just love moist environments! When your coffee maker is left sitting on the counter after brewing morning coffee, it creates the ideal setting for yeast and mold to grow. But don’t worry, cleaning the coffee maker is easier than you think.
Cleaning a traditional coffee maker is surprisingly simple
Are you ready to find out which household item cleans coffee makers like magic? We bet you weren’t thinking of vinegar! You do need to perform a gentle cleaning by wiping down the reservoir and pot daily, but begin a deep cleaning of the coffee maker in five steps:
- Fill the reservoir with 50 percent water and 50 percent vinegar.
- Put in a new paper filter, and rinse the machine by brewing half of the water solution.
- Let sit and soak for 30 minutes, and finish brewing the last half of water solution.
- Empty the coffee maker, and brew a fresh pot of water twice.
- Clean your coffee pot using soap and water.
Keurig coffee makers
Thanks to the simplicity of the Keurig, we’re no longer sure how many coffee grounds to brew in a traditional coffee maker! Even though it made brewing coffee a breeze, a Keurig coffee maker should still be cleaned often. According to Elle Decor, you should make sure to wipe down your Keurig often, clean the needle that lets water flow through coffee pods, and run a vinegar wash just as you would a traditional coffee maker. It all sounds pretty easy, right?