Your coffee maker is dirtier than you might think, but this is how you clean it!

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This is how you clean your coffee maker

Unless you and everybody else in your household doesn’t like coffee, you’ll probably own a coffee maker. Some people use it every day while others only use it when they have people coming over. But did you know your coffee machine might just be full of bacteria and mold? It’s important to clean it after every use and we’re going to explain how to do it.

This is how dirty your coffee maker truly gets.

Washing up

It’s important to clean the loose parts of your coffee machine after you’ve used it. Of course, you can start by washing up the coffee pot (or put it in the dishwasher if it’s dishwasher-safe). Some coffee makers also have other loose parts that can easily be washed up as well. Use a wet cloth to clean the outside of the maker as well as the hot plate to wipe away spilled coffee.

Descaling

You should descale or ‘decalcify’ your coffee maker once a month. If you don’t do this, making coffee will take more time and it also won’t taste as good. To decalcify your machine, you should fill the water reservoir halfway with white vinegar and use water for the other half. Turn on the machine and let the pot fill halfway. Then, turn off the machine and wait for 30 minutes before turning it on again. Next, make a full pot of just water to let the water run through the machine properly and rinse away the vinegar. Also thoroughly rinse the pot itself. You might have to repeat this process to fully get rid of the scale.

Coffee pot

Even if you always rinse your coffee pot after using it, some filth might just be left behind. You can easily loosen this by soaking it in warm water with dish soap. Add some uncooked rice to the pot and shake it around a little bit. The rice will cause the filth to come loose. Then, use a scouring pad to remove it.

Bacteria

It’s important to properly clean your coffee maker because bacteria and mold can accumulate within it. The warmth of the machine makes it the perfect home for these filthy creatures. Research shows that there are more bacteria in the average coffee maker than there are in your bathroom. Yikes!

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Source: Good Housekeeping | Image: video still Coolblue