Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Cleaning Your Coffee Machine

Your drip coffee machine needs to be cleaned just like anything else does. It can gradually collect a build-up of calcium deposits and mold making your coffee taste...well...not so fresh. Rather than buying a fancy cleaning solution (eww..more chemicals?) from the store, buy a jug of white vinegar and brew 1 part vinegar, 2 parts water once. It will strip the calcium and kill any mold spores hanging out (vinegar naturally kills mold). Turn off the machine, and leave it in the pot for 15 minutes. Dump the solution out and do that again 2 more times but with straight water. Be sure to wash your grounds basket and the carafe often, and compost your grounds!

1 comment:

katie said...

plus, coffee is really very oily (which is where the mold starts from, maybe?). the vinegar helps strip the oils off everything. if you grind your own beans, wash the grinder with vinegar/water, too. thanks, starbucks! it's about the only thing you helped me learn! well, that and how badly i hate service jobs...

patty, i love you. and i love you, too, vinegar.

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