We all have our home coffee makers sometimes gifted to us by our friends and lovers to make coffee on those cloudy days (of course, even on normal days). Imagine you had been sipping coffee made by that machine for too long with your friends but the brown stains at the bottom have taken away the charm of using the machine again, the coffee just doesn’t taste the same fresh as of the initial days of using the machine. You feel too lazy to go to a shop to either buy a cleaning solution or spend hours cleaning the bottom after multiple sittings of coffee. Sometimes the remedies are close at hand without any need to worry of a fancy solution to thoroughly purge your coffee maker. You can use ordinary vinegar to clean a coffee maker. If you follow the below steps just once or twice a month your coffee would always taste fresh and aromatic.
1. Take out any leftover coffee from the carafe and clear the basket of the old coffee ground and filter. Wash the carafe under normal tap water and then put then fill it with white vinegar and normal water in the ratio 1:2.
2. Put the white vinegar and tap water mixture in the reservoir and turn on the maker to brew. Once the brewing cycle is complete, shut off the coffee maker. Let the solution remain in the carafe for 15 – 20 minutes.
3. Remove remains of vinegar by brewing only tap water two times more, again shutting off the coffee maker and letting it cool for 15 minutes between the two cycles. Once this is done wash the carafe and filter basket in warm, water (add a little soap solution to the water in the ratio 1:3).
Things you need:
Drip coffee maker.
Tips and warnings:
Apart from vinegar, one can use baking soda as well to clean.
If your pot has hard to reach areas, then use a wooden stick wrapped with a kitchen paper towel, this will help you get to the corners.
You can also put ice cubes and table salt in little water and swirl it around for few minutes to loosen the hard stains.
To collect the mineral deposits inside the pot, we can put the glass marbles and swirl it around. This can be done once a week. Be gentle while you put the marbles.
For even tougher stains, put about 2 cups of ice cubes, 1/4 cup of rock salt and 1/4 cup of lemon juice and swirl it around a couple of times and let it sit there for a while. Make sure the pot is cold before you carry out the process or else the glass pot may just break!
Never use the coffee pot to pour water into the reservoir. This will transfer oils and impurities from the pot, and eventually give the coffee a nasty taste. Instead, use a pitcher that is reserved for water only.