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Cleaning a coffee maker

Cleaning a coffee maker is really important, because if coffee equipment is left uncleaned, residual oils will remain, grow bitter and build up. Coffee maker should be cleaned daily, weekly and monthly.

Some simple cleaning steps:

Daily Routine:
“Brew” a couple of drops of dishwashing liquid with a full carafe of water. Let sit in pot for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse well.

Weekly Routine:
1. Clean the carafe: remove the plastic lid if possible and soak in dish washing detergent. Soak this while cleaning the lid and filter basket.
2. Clean the filter basket: Fill your sink about halfway with warm water and at least 4 tablespoons of baking soda. Using a rag, wipe the residual coffee oils from the plastic components. Rinse thoroughly with water.
3. Finish cleaning the carafe by swirling the soapy water around with a cleaning rag. Rinse thoroughly with water. You may even want to rinse this with a baking soda solution to fully remove the soap.
4. Using the rag that was in the baking soda, wipe around the coffee maker itself. Pay close attention to the shower head as many old coffee oils will be there.

Monthly Routine:
1. Perform your weekly cleaning routine.
2. If you have a filter built into your coffee maker, remove it. Fill your carafe with water and add two tablespoons of vinegar into it.
3. Pour into the coffee maker and begin brewing.
4. Halfway through the brewing cycle, stop the machine and wait 10-15 minutes. Resume the brewing process until completed.
5. Rinse your carafe out and pass another two cycles of plain water through the system. Rinse out the coffee maker and you are done.