We all appreciate a good cup of coffee. Be it in the morning, afternoon, or even at night, a good cup of coffee can brighten up your day. The bad news is your coffee maker is full of mold. According to a study from 2011 by NSF International, half of classic basket-and-carafe coffee makers have yeast and mold growing in their reservoirs. One in ten of the coffee makers were home to coliform bacteria. The study found that home coffee reservoirs have higher germ counts than the bathroom door handles and toilet seats. And that speaks volumes.
And while our bodies can deal with most of the germs, there comes a moment when the germs grow to levels too high to withstand. And the result is sickness. Contrary to what you might believe, hot water is not enough to clean your coffee maker.
The Magic recipe
Carolyn Forte, director of the Home Appliances and Cleaning Products Lab at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute says there is a magic recipe that will help you clean the coffee pot. And it all comes down to vinegar, the magic ingredient that is great for removing germs from your coffee maker.
No matter how often you use the coffee maker, these instructions will help you clean your pot. The result will be better-tasting coffee. And isn’t that something we all want?
1. Start by filling the coffee maker’s water chamber with water and vinegar in equal parts. Use a paper filter, and allow the maker to brew until half the chamber is empty.
2. The next step is to turn the coffee pot off. Let it be off for 30 minutes, and then finish brewing your coffee.
3. Rinse the machine, and use a new paper filter to brew a pot of clean water. Repeat the process two times.
4. Fill your carafe with warm and sudsy water. Add some rice to serve as a gentle abrasive. Swirl the mixture, and then use a scrubber sponge to remove gunk. Rinse and dry.
5. Finish off by wiping the outside of the machine with a damp cloth. Remember, steps 4 and 5 should be repeated on a daily basis. One to three is for a monthly maintenance program.
Why clean your coffee pot
As mentioned previously, the study by the NSF Institute showed our coffee pot is rich in germs. Truth is, germs are present in every corner of our lives. But will the ones in our coffee pot make us sick? Well, if there are enough of them, and if we do not clean our pots often, they will cause sickness.
Moist and dark places are a great breeding ground for bacteria and mold. And while coffee contains antibacterial properties that neutralize these contaminants, it won’t kill more than 50% of the bacteria. Built-in water filter won’t help eliminate germs as well. Filtering water removes chemicals and metals, not living organisms such as germs.
With that in mind, you have only one option left. And that is cleaning your coffee pot with vinegar, as we explained previously.