If you’re making yourself a cup of coffee a day, you should be cleaning your coffee maker every day. It is so important to clean your coffee maker after each use, as the last thing you want is old coffee grounds ruining your perfect brew. Of course, different coffee machines require different cleaning methods — all of which we explain below!
Why Cleaning Your Coffee Maker Is Essential to Making a Perfect Cup
If you want a perfect cup of coffee, you need to make that coffee in a clean pot! Old coffee grounds and dirty pots can actually hinder the overall taste of your coffee, leaving a previously perfect cup now tasting rather bad. To get a good cup, you need a clean coffee maker.
For the most part, you’ll need to clean all the parts of your coffee maker that you actually use at the end of the day, or after each use. No need to do a deep clean every single day — just wash the parts of the maker that had coffee in it. Often, this means the parts of the machine you can actually remove!
However, you do need to deep clean your machine from time to time. Mold and yeast can actually grow in certain parts of your machine if not accurately deep cleaned — and you don’t want that!
Cleaning Keurig Machines
If you have a Keurig machine — or something similar — you should clean your water filter cartridge about every two months. The mineral buildup part of the machine, meanwhile, can be cleaned every three to six months. Any removable part of your machine should be cleaned weekly! You also should descale your machine every three to six months to keep your machine in good health!
Cleaning Auto-Drip Coffee Makers
Have a regular auto-drip coffee machine? Clean any removable part of the maker every day after use. Also be sure to wipe down the warming plate every day, as coffee often spills there!
When it comes to deep cleaning your coffee maker, you should decalcify your machine about every month. Ever hear of people cleaning their coffee machine with white vinegar? A great way to get this job done! Fill the coffee reservoir equally with vinegar and water, place a paper filter into the basket, put the pot in place, then brew the liquid.
About halfway through, stop the machine and let it sit for about half an hour. Then, turn the machine back on, allow it to brew the rest of the solution. Once it’s complete, empty the pot and allow a run of regular water to brew through the machine to clear everything out once more.
Q: How often should I deep clean my coffee maker?
A: This depends on what coffee maker you have, and how often you use it. If you use your Keurig machine daily, you should deep clean your machine every two to six months. For regular auto-drip machines used daily, deep clean once a month — or at least every three months.