How to take care of your drip coffee maker

If you, like most people, are the type of person that drinks coffee every day and cannot imagine starting their day without it, then you need to make sure that your coffee maker is kept in perfect condition. Making sure the coffee maker is clean of any old coffee residues will ensure that you are tasting the best coffee possible every time.

The coffee maker cleaning process consists of two stages: cleaning the machine itself and cleaning the glass coffee pot.

Coffee maker cleaning

Each part of your coffee maker that can be removed should be washed by hand or in the dishwasher regularly to ensure that they are free of any grinds or oil residues. It is recommended to do this after every brew.

Once a month you should also deep-clean the coffee maker. To thoroughly clean your coffee maker it is best to brew a pot with no coffee beans but with some cleaning solvents.

First, get rid of any leftover coffee and coffee beans from the machine and empty the filter. Pour a mixture of white vinegar and water (1 to 2 ratio) into the coffee maker’s reservoir. Brew a pot but don’t let it out into the pot yet. You should leave it inside the machine for at least 30 minutes to give the vinegar time to work its magic. If your coffee maker doesn’t have the ability to stop the brewed liquid from pouring out, then brew the mixture halfway, turn the machine off for 30 minutes and only then finish the brew. Once the cleaning process has been completed, brew another pot but this time with just water to rinse out the leftover vinegar. This process not only cleans but also decalcifies your machine.

Coffee pot cleaning

The glass coffee pot, also called a carafe, gets dirtier with each brew and the glass surface makes it very visible. Without proper cleaning, the coffee pot is a hotbed for germs and bacteria. Cleaning the coffee pot with dish soap after each use will largely take care of the problem. However, if you haven’t cleaned it for a long time or your glass coffee pot has worn down with use, it might be impossible to wash it with just soap. Fortunately, you can get rid of most stains with ingredients easily found in most homes.

One method involves using vinegar and baking soda. Make a paste-like mixture from baking soda and water. Start by pouring small amounts of water into the soda until you get the right consistency. Put the mixture on the stubborn stains on the pot and then pour vinegar in until it covers the baking soda. The baking soda will react with vinegar creating a powerful cleaning solution that should take care of most stains.

If your problem isn’t stains but rather an overall worn-down look of the glass coffee pot you can try rice to make it look new again. Just put some rice in the pot and fill it with warm water. Swirl the mixture and scrub the insides of the coffee pot with a sponge. Rinse with water and enjoy the new look of your coffee pot.