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The coffee maker is a wonderful appliance for saving time and money. Most machines that are available have a pre-program button that allows you to set the time you want the coffee ready. Now in the morning you can awake up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee waiting to help you start your day. If you are a fan of more complicated drinks such as espresso, cappuccino, cafe mocha, etc., you can be your own barista and brew these drinks from the comfort of your home for pennies a cup.
Like the other appliances in your home, the coffee maker requires regular maintenance and care to keep it working. The eight tips below will help you give the coffee maker the love and attention that it deserves. After all, each day it brings you happiness, why not do the same?
- Develop a Schedule – Once a month give the coffee maker a deep cleaning to remove any of the build up from coffee grinds and spills that can happen on the inside and outside of the machine. Being diligent about cleaning will help to ensure that pot of heaven you brew will always taste fresh.
- Eliminate Dust – You dust your home every week but have you ever dusted your coffee maker? It makes a big difference for keeping the machine running smoothly. Take a bottle of canned air which can be bought from the hardware or office supply store and use it to remove dust from the heating element, control panel buttons and other hard to reach external areas.
- Soak Removable Parts - Take the coffee maker apart; throw the removable parts such as the brew basket, filter and water reservoir into the sink to soak for about an hour. You can use liquid soap or take a more natural approach by mixing equal parts of water and vinegar. Use a double-sided sponge or an old toothbrush and scrub off any stains.
- Clean the Carafe – Take some liquid dish soap, put a few drops inside the coffee pot, and fill with hot water. Fill the pot until the soap suds reach the top of the pot and set it aside for about 30 minutes. Once enough time has passed, take a sponge or cloth and rub the inside of the coffee pot. Pour the soapy mixture into the sink and rinse the pot well to eliminate any traces of the detergent.
- Clean the Heating Element/Outside – Use a solution of two parts vinegar to one part warm water and put it in an old Windex bottle. Spray the top of the heating element and the outside of the coffee maker wait about 10 minutes and any stains will be gone!
- Cleaning the Inside – There are cleaning detergents made for coffee makers but the best approach is to use a natural cleaner – vinegar and water. Fill up the coffee pot with a combination ¼ vinegar and ¾ water and pour it inside the reservoir. Run the brewing cycle normally and let the mixture cool for about 10 minutes. Fill the pot with clean fresh water and run it through again. Continue this until the vinegar smell is gone. The acid in the vinegar will remove leftover coffee oils and/or mineral deposits that can build up inside the coffee maker.
- Daily Duties – Between cleanings, there are a couple daily tasks you can do help keep your coffee machine clean.
a. Spills: Any stains that occur wipe them off immediately, especially if they involve the burner. Burnt coffee will ruin the bottom of the coffee pot and the heating element.
b. Rinse: Pour out leftover coffee and rinse the inside of the pot with hot water. Leaving coffee in the pot will end up staining the pot which overtime will cause bad tasting coffee
c. Filters: If you use paper filters, throw both the filter and the grinds into the organic bin after the coffee has brewed. If you use a reusable filter, remove the coffee grinds and put it in the organic bin. Rinse it out with hot water and either dry using either paper towel or let it air dry. Leaving coffee grinds in the filter can cause mold to start growing and overtime can affect the taste and quality of the coffee.
- Inspection – Take a close look at the machine for signs of wear and tear.
a. Power Cord – Look at the power cord to see if it’s damaged and/or frayed.
b. Plastic Components: Look at the plastic areas for and see if they are warped and/or discolored. This can indicate a leak inside the machine.
Jeremy Godfrey is a Community Coordinator at EasyApplianceParts. They’re a DIY resource and retailer of dishwasher partsand love to contribute to communities they care about. They are care about saving money, DIY, the environment and helping homeowners tackle their own home repairs.