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When you open your eyes in the morning and your first thought is I NEED MY FUEL, you know you have a coffee addiction.
It happens to all of us. And while a coffee maker makes the process of making the coffee easy (say that five times fast), it can become difficult to clean. Like any kitchen and cooking appliance, coffee makers, both pot and single cup, can become dirty and can form buildup over time.
This can cause each cup of your precious coffee to taste slightly off or become contaminated from mineral deposits inside the water. It can also cause your coffee maker to take a longer time to complete the process. And when you're in a rush in the morning, that's the last thing you need.
Regularly cleaning your coffee maker will make for cleaner, tastier, and quicker coffee in the morning. The perfect treat before you leave for work.
How to clean your coffee maker with vinegar
Don't risk cleaning out your coffee maker with chemicals. And dish soap won't necessarily do the trick when it comes to removing buildup. A perfect cleaner for your coffee maker is white vinegar.
White vinegar has been used for hundreds of years as a cleaning agent. Because of its acetic acid, it is the best at breaking through mineral buildup and cleaning out appliances without leaving behind harmful chemicals and residues.
To clean out your coffee maker with vinegar:
Fill the reservoir with equal parts water and equal parts white vinegar. Place an empty coffee filter in the filter basket, or if you have a single-cup maker, just remove any pods or grounds.
Brew the half vinegar, half water solution halfway through the cycle. Then stop the cycle, turn the machine off, and let it sit for 30 minutes. The vinegar solution will heat up and sit in the reservoir, soaking and loosening buildup. Then turn the coffee machine back on and let it run its full course. Once the cycle is up, dump this solution out.
To finish the job, refill the reservoir with just plain water and allow it to brew all the way. This will rinse the machine out before finally being able to brew a cup of coffee again.
It's simple, safe, and only takes a few minutes of actual cleaning. White vinegar makes keeping your coffee machine in pristine condition an easy task. All it takes is pouring, brewing, letting it soak, and rinsing, with no grunt work required.
For best results, use a white vinegar product with a higher concentration of acetic acid, like one of these cleaning vinegars. It will last a long time and can be used for many other cleaning tasks around the home.