One of the germiest items in your house is something you likely use every day and holds something you ingest!
HuffPo reports a study found your drip coffee maker is filled with germs and possibly mold. Your morning cup of joe can get so gross because coffee makers are moist and warm -- which is the perfect environment for mold and yeast (2 things you do want in your coffee!).
Before you toss out your coffee maker, the experts share how (and how often) to clean your coffee maker and pot.
- Hand wash after making a pot of coffee, especially if the coffee pot is stainless steel, as many of them are double-walled, and putting them in the dishwasher can damage the pot's insulation.
- After each use, wash the coffee maker basket using hot soapy water with a sponge or scrubber to remove grime and build-up. If the basket is metal, allow it to completely dry to avoid rusting.
- Every 1 to 2 months descale your coffee maker. When minerals like calcium and magnesium accumulate in a coffee maker, they can prevent it from heating to the proper temperature needed for brewing.
To descale your coffee maker, HuffPo recommends using vinegar and water and suggests:
"Fill the coffee maker's water chamber with equal parts white vinegar and water. Using a paper filter, allow to brew until half the chamber is empty.
Turn the coffee maker off and let it sit for 30 minutes, then finish brewing.
Rinse the machine by using a new paper filter to brew a pot of clear water. Do this twice.
Fill the carafe with warm, sudsy water and some rice as a gentle abrasive. Swirl the mixture in the pot, then use a scrubber sponge to remove any gunk. Rinse and dry.
Wipe the outside of the machine with a damp cloth (but remember, this and the previous step should really happen every day)."