Some people find cleaning their coffee makers a bit daunting. I can understand the unwillingness of homeowners to do the cleaning of their coffee maker because it is a bit complicated-or so I use to think.
Others think that the easiest method to do this is just to buy store-bought coffee maker cleaners and just pop the parts in the dishwasher. While it is a convenient method, it does not clean thoroughly. No need to spend a lot of money on these cleaners because here are 5 speedy tricks to clean your coffee maker:
Method 1: Ice and Salt
The combination of ice and salt gets rid of the mineral deposits and grease on your carafe. Cleaning a carafe may become a bit difficult especially if the mouth is a bit narrow. You should try crushing ice, put it in the carafe and add table salt to it. Give it a mix until you can really see how the ice and salt combination cleans the inside.
Method 2: Vinegar and Water
Vinegar works so well in dissolving and removing hard mineral deposits and molds. What you should do is pour white vinegar in your coffee maker's water reservoir and add water to it. Use this and run a brewing cycle.
As your coffee maker brews, the vinegar passes through the inside of your coffee machine and this effectively gets rid of the impurities inside. After doing so, run a water cycle to wash off the vinegar smell. Do it twice to further ensure that no lingering vinegar smell is left.
Method 3: Baking Soda and Water
Dilute baking soda in water and add this mixture in the coffee machine's water reservoir. Now, start a brewing cycle. It should start brewing the baking soda and cleansing the inside of your coffee maker. Baking soda is a good choice because it has the ability to get rid of stains and grease, not to mention the rancid smell of coffee beans.
Method 4: Lemon Juice and Water
Lemon juice can be used as a substitute to vinegar. It has the same powerful efficacy of vinegar, only less of the sour smell. Use it with the same procedures as the vinegar. It leaves a lemony scent behind that may also keep those pesky ants away.
Method 5: Use Your Mild Dishwashing Liquid
This is the quickest way to temporarily clean your coffee maker if you have to go immediately. Just detach the parts and clean it using your dishwashing liquid.
Zach has been writing online for 4 years. He contributes regularly to several coffee makers websites. If you need more information to help you make the right choice, visit Coffee Maker Wizard website for information on the best coffee makers. You will also find consumer reviews to help you choose the perfect espresso machines.
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