How to Clean a Coffee Maker

Use the right amount of grounds to brew the perfect cup of joe.

Use the right amount of grounds to brew the perfect cup of joe.

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Coffee is one of the most popular beverages in the US. It represents 75% of all the caffeine that is consumed in the US.

The average coffee cup size is nine ounces and 65% of all coffee consumed in the US is consumed during the morning hours.

75% of all seniors were found to be coffee drinkers in 2018 and half of 18 to 24-year-olds were found to consume the beverage as well.

All this amounts to nearly 400 million coffee cups consumed per day in the US alone.

It’s clear that Americans are fanatics about their coffee. This is why you can find coffee makers everywhere and on every block in the US. You probably have one in your home and if you’re like the average American, you have a busy schedule that doesn’t allow you to clean it regularly.

However, cleaning your coffee maker regularly should be a top priority if you want to avoid health problems since you drink coffee so regularly. Coffee makers are naturally moist environments that can allow all sorts of bacteria and germs to fester and create a literal pot of disease if left alone.

Here is a rundown of the best ways you can clean your coffee maker.


How to Clean Mold Out of the Coffee Maker


In 2011, the National Sanitation Foundation released a study that found that nearly half of all coffee makers had mold and yeast growing inside. 10% of these were home to coliform bacteria which are indicators of the presence of pathogens of fecal origin and disease-causing bacteria.

The study indicated that on average, a home coffee reservoir had a higher germ count than the average bathroom door handle or a toilet seat.

Coffee makersWhile the study is about 10 years old and it was only conducted on 22 households, the results were telling and shouldn’t be taken lightly. You should make sure that your coffee maker shouldn’t sit with old coffee for too long and you should know how to clean it out as soon as you can.

Here is how you can get rid of any mold or yeast in your coffee maker very easily.

  1. First, mix white vinegar and water together and brew the mixture in your coffee machine. After you’re done, pour in some clean water and brew again. This will take care of the surface stains.
  2. For the tough stains on the coffee maker, you can use a sponge and some baking soda and rub the inside of the coffee maker. If there are still remnants of the stains left, you can make a mixture of four cups of water and baking soda and brew it in the coffee maker.
  3. Any removable parts like the reusable filter or the brew basket should be washed with warm, soapy water. Then they should be dried off with a towel.
  4. Finally, use a damp cloth to clean the machine from the outside and a scrubber sponge to clean any gunk that’s left on the inside.

This will keep the coffee machine in tip-top shape and will extend its lifespan. And more importantly, you should be free of any mold.

How to Clean a Pour Over Coffee Maker

Pour over coffee makers don’t let you fit your hand inside them. You can choose to live with the crusty coffee stains at the bottom, or you could use this method to get it sparkling.

The items you’ll need include crushed ice or whole ice cubes, whatever you have, table salt, lemon juice, dish soap, a coffee maker brush or sponge, and water (of course).

  1. Begin by filling the bottom portion of the coffee maker with some ice cubes or a cup of crushed ice. If you have a smaller coffee maker, then you should need a little bit less ice.
  2. Add four tsp of table salt and a single tbsp of water with a tsp of lemon juice.
  3. Then swirl the mixture around. What this does is allow the salted ice to scrub away any dried stains and gunk on the coffee maker. The water keeps it from being too abrasive so that it doesn’t scratch the glass. If the glass isn’t too frosty, you’ll be able to see when the entire thing is clean.
  4. Pour the ice, the salt and the water down the drain. Then rinse the coffee maker with some cold water. Don’t use hot water since the glass is cold and could break due to thermal shock.
  5. Any remaining gunk can be cleaned with the sponge or the coffee maker brush. You could use any long handle brush to do this. Make sure to use some dish soap for this last step as well.

This is one of the best ways to clean your coffee maker. If you do this twice a month, you’ll be able to keep your coffee machine free of any mold or gunk.

Clean out your Carafe with Rice

If your carafe is looking a little damp and dark, then it probably needs cleaning.

You should fill it with warm, soapy water and a little rice. Swirl the mixture around so that any stains and gunk come loose, and then use a scrub sponge to remove the debris.

Rinse well after.

Miscellaneous Tips

Wash any removable parts with soapy water after every use.

Make sure that you don’t store away an unwashed coffee maker in a damp or warm place. This will allow bacteria to fester.

Make sure to wear protective gloves while you’re cleaning the coffee maker and unplug it from the sockets before doing so.

If you remember these tips and follow the instructions, then you should get rid of any stains or mold or yeast in your coffee maker and keep it running clean.