You just need to press the button and you get an aromatic cup of coffee. But it is not always easy to make good coffee.
One of the most common problems is that mold will grow in the coffee maker and cause the taste of coffee to be bad or even affect personal health.
But do you know how to clean mould out of a coffee maker? Let’s take a look.
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Coffee Makers: The Basics
Coffee machine manufacturers have created different types of coffee makers over the years. The most common types include automatic drip machines, single-serve brewers, and percolators.
Today, the most commonly used machines in homes are either an automatic drip coffee machine or a single-serve brewer.
With an automatic drip machine, you put in the standard filter, add water to the reservoir and ground coffee beans to its holder. Then turn on the machine and let it brew your coffee for you after it heats up.
With a single-serve brewer, you add the coffee grounds directly to the reservoir and turn on the machine to brew your drink.
As for percolators, they tend to be larger and more expensive than other coffee makers and require constant supervision and attention throughout the brewing process. They also create a lot of noise during cleaning.
Removing Mold From Your Coffee Maker
Most coffee makers are made of plastic, which is porous and quickly absorbs water. It means that many people have mould growing in their coffee makers. It also means that cleaning your coffee maker can be a challenge.
Having a mouldy coffee maker doesn't necessarily mean that your coffee is unsafe to drink. Mold only occurs in areas of high moisture, but it can make your coffee taste bad.
Here are some steps that you can take to clean mould out of your coffee maker:
Remove & wash the basket from inside the coffee maker if necessary. You can do this by removing the basket from the inside. If you have a basket with a handle, make sure to use a cloth or paper towel to hold it and not touch the plastic handle.
For washing, it depends on how much mould there is and what kind of basket you have, if any. If you use a basket, it's best to remove it first so you can throw it away and replace it with another one later if possible.
For the other baskets, use an all-purpose cleaner or soap to wash them out with water thoroughly. Then dry them by hand or put them in the dishwasher.
Wipe down the outer parts of the coffee maker. Most of the mold will be found on the outer parts of your coffee maker, such as the carafe, water reservoir and brew basket.
Use warm soapy water to wipe down these areas with a soft cloth. Don't forget to clean around and beneath any removable parts.
If you see mould in or around these areas, use something to scrub them off and scrape them away using a plastic knife (not metal). Rinse everything off thoroughly and allow it to air dry completely before using it again.
Fill the coffee pot with half white vinegar and half water and allow it to sit overnight. Before filling the coffee pot with vinegar, make sure you thoroughly rinse the water reservoir. Then add your grounds and fill it up to the halfway mark with water.
After that, add half of the white vinegar and half of the water again. Next, press the "Dunk & Brew" button to start brewing your coffee.
It will help dissolve any mould that is on the inside of your water reservoir and brew basket. However, this doesn’t clean the outside of your coffee maker. Also, don’t forget to change your filter.
Follow the directions for your coffee maker to clean it with vinegar. You can use this method if your coffee maker has a descaling feature or other parts that you can take apart that are made of metal.
Again, follow the directions that come with your coffee maker to use it properly. For example, some require you to run water through the system several times to clean it properly.
How Often Should You Clean Your Coffee Machine?
You should clean your coffee maker as often as you can. It’s ideal for cleaning it after every time that you use it and before each time that you use it again.
You can also clean it every month if your coffee maker is kept in the cabinet, so mould doesn't have much chance to grow.
It is not a good idea to use detergents and abrasives like Comet and Ajax to clean your coffee maker because they can scratch and damage the surface, leading to rust. Also, avoid using bleach.
After you clean your coffee maker with any chemical, make sure that you rinse it thoroughly before making another cup of coffee.
It will help you keep your coffee fresh and prevent any bad tastes from building up.
Tips For Using Your Coffee Machine
The following are helpful steps that you can take to use your coffee maker properly:
- Always keep the water reservoir full. If you’re busy, try to fill the tank with some hot water before brewing. It will help clean any sediment that may have built up on the inside of the machine so that your coffee will taste smoother.
- Use a new filter each time you brew coffee or use decaffeinated if necessary since many people do not like the taste of chemicals in their coffee.
- Always remember to dump out the coffee from the filter after each use. Leaving it in the filter can cause your coffee to taste bitter.
- Try not to add too much coffee grounds because this can make your coffee taste bitter, and you may end up with a lot of sediment when you clean the machine.
- If you have a mildew smell when you brew or drink your coffee, it’s likely that your coffee maker isn’t properly cleaned and is full of mould, which means it’s time for a new one.
- Be sure to clean your coffee maker right before using it, so you don’t have a hard time doing so the next day.
- To prevent mould from growing, try to clean your coffee maker as often as possible and remember to change the filter every time you brew. Also, be sure that the water reservoir is full when brewing so that there’s always enough water there for cleaning it out.
- If you have mould inside your coffee maker, use vinegar to clean it out. Before brewing, take note of the manufacturer’s directions on how much grounds to use since this is an essential step in brewing the best cup of coffee possible.
Coffee makers and coffee machines can be handy tools in our daily lives.
However, we must not forget to take care of them and make sure that we clean them regularly.
It is because mould can cause water to turn nasty, mouldy coffee may taste bad, and it may also give off a distinct odour that will leave you wondering whether your coffee is still safe to drink or not.