Is your coffee maker filthy? Here’s why (and how) to clean your coffee maker

That first cup of Joe, ah, that first cup of Joe. It’s a morning ritual that many of us are unable to live without. And for many people, coffee is the ideal mid-day pick-me-up. We take coffee breaks at our coffee tables, sipping Espressos, Macchiatos, Lattes, and Cappuccinos prepared with care on state-of-the-art coffee makers equipped with more gadgetry than the Starship Enterprise.

According to the National Coffee Association, 62% of Americans consume coffee daily, with the average coffee drinker consuming three cups per day. That’s a lot of home brewing, especially given the recent trend towards remote work.

Why would you want to clean your coffee maker?

Coffee makers, like any machine, require maintenance. That means routine cleaning, which is critical for a variety of reasons.

Coffee leaves behind a residue, and the mineral build-up provides an ideal environment for bacteria, yeast, and mould to thrive. Coffee debris left uncleaned will clog your machine and eventually render it unusable.

Cleaning a coffee maker

Cleaning a coffee maker traditionally involves flushing it with a solution of water and vinegar. However, some believe that afterwards, your first few cups of coffee will taste and smell bad. Denture cleaning tablets are a superior, odor-free cleaning option.

The antibacterial and alkalizing properties of sodium bicarbonate, the primary ingredient in baking soda, a well-known household cleaner, are incorporated into denture tablets. The fizziness of the tablets effectively scrubs and cleans on a micro level, penetrating the machine’s difficult-to-reach crevices.

Cleaning your coffee maker every three to six months, depending on how frequently you use it, is recommended by experts.

Therefore, awaken and smell the coffee today, and clean that coffee maker!

Read more • usatoday.com

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