Every now and then, your coffee machine needs to be cleaned, not only because it would ensure that your coffee tastes like it is supposed to be, but also because an unclean coffee machine is plain unhealthy. So make sure you clean your coffee machine after every few days. How to do that?
Just follow these simple steps and you will be able to clean your coffee machine in no time, getting back your richly flavored coffee again.
Things you’ll need:
- White Vinegar
- Dry dish towel
- Hot water
- Cold water
Steps to follow:
- Disassemble your coffee machine
Remove the carafe from the coffee machine and wash it properly and let it dry. Remove the leftover ground coffee from the filter and clean the coffee filter with hot soapy water too.
- Make a solution of vinegar and water
Now make a mixture of white vinegar and water. The quantity of both the ingredients depend on how strong or mild you want your mixture to be. If you want a strong mixture, then add half quantity of water and half quantity of white vinegar. This might be a good idea if you haven’t cleaned your coffee machine in a while.
If you regularly clean your coffee machine, then you can use 3 parts of white vinegar and 6 parts of water. Once your solution is ready, move to the next step.
- Put the filter
Use a paper filter and put it on the coffee machine as you normally do. If your coffee machine uses metal or plastic filter, it would be a good idea to use them instead of the paper filter.
- Ready your machine
Once your filter is in place, make sure your coffee machine is plugged in and ready to start.
- Run the machine with vinegar water
Now take your vinegar water mixture and pour it down inside the coffee machine just how you pour water for coffee. Once you have poured the solution, switch on the coffee machine and let it brew the solution.
- Let it cool
Once the first brew run has been completed, remove the paper filter and let the coffee machine cool down for 15 minutes. Once the machine stops, use the sponge to clean your coffee machine properly.
- Run the machine a second time with cold water
Now, put the filter back on and this time use cold water to run another brew cycle. This will ensure that any remaining vinegar solution is completed removed and your coffee doesn’t smell or taste like vinegar at all.
- Dry the coffee machine
Once you have completely removed all the dirt from the coffee machine and there is no smell remaining, use a dry dish towel to wipe down the exterior of the coffee machine. Make sure that you have properly cleaned the carafe and filter basket with clean, hot water.
- Reassemble the coffee machine
Now, you can put back the filter and the carafe inside the coffee machine. Your coffee machine is now cleaned and good to brew a new cup of coffee.