cleaning coffee makers

In my house, the coffee maker is one of the most often used appliances. On some days, I brew up three pots, depending on how many visitors I get or how much work I have to do! That much use leads to lots of coffee residue and staining. A lot of people use regular cleaning chemicals to get those stains out, but I wanted a solution that would be healthier for me, and for the environment!

So, I decided to research the most eco-friendly solution, and was not at all surprised by what I discovered. The age-old favorite cleaning solution, used for hundreds of years, for hundreds of reasons. Of course, I’m talking about vinegar.

Vinegar is one of those miracle liquids that seems to be able to do so much more than just taste great on french fries! Vinegar is great for cleaning glass and other surfaces, and is an awesome disinfectant.

Here’s what you do. Mix together one part white vinegar to two parts water in the amount you need to fill up your coffee pot. Then, pour that vinegar mix into your water reservoir of your coffee maker, and turn the machine on, allowing it to run through. Once its run through completely, let the heating element cool by turning the pot off, then run cold fresh water through the cycle. It’s best to do the rinse process twice.

Doing this once a month or so, depending on how much use your machine gets, will keep your coffee tasting fresh, and your coffee maker in clean working order!