Drip coffee makers are very popular in many households. They enable people to make good tasting coffee in a easy, quick and convenient way. However, they do require some basic maintenance in the form of regular cleaning and while the cleaning process is kind of a pain in the neck, it is also worthwhile. Typically, a drip coffeemaker should be cleaned approximately one time per month to ensure that your coffee will continue to taste great. I
f you make it a point to keep it clean on a regular basis, this is not only good for your health, but also for the taste of your coffee, and if you really value good tasting beverages, this is probably the most important point of all for you.
However, some people like to clean their coffeemakers twice a month or even more frequently. It is all a matter of personal preference. What does cleaning a coffee maker actually accomplish? Well, it eliminates the impurities and mineral deposits that hard water can leave behind as well as residual oil left over from previous brewing cycles.
Mix two parts water and one part vinegar together. Any type of vinegar is acceptable. Again, the type of vinegar you choose depends upon your personal preference.
Pour the vinegar/water mixture into the water reservoir of the appliance until it is full though not overflowing.
Turn the coffee maker on so that the mixture can run through the entire brewing process just as if you were brewing a pot of coffee.
After the entire mixture has gone through the entire appliance, turn it off and allow it to cool off for about a half an hour.
Get rid of the used vinegar/water mixture by pouring it down the drain. If you feel like you need to repeat the entire cleaning process, you can do so, beginning by mixing up a fresh batch of the water/vinegar mixture.
Rinse out the residue from the cleaning mixture by place warm water in the reservoir, turn it on and allow the water to run through a brewing cycle and then turning it off and allowing it to cool for another half hour. (This rinsing process can be repeated if so desired.)
Cleaning your coffeemaker on a regular basis will keep your coffee feeling great, but always remember to do the rinsing part of the process as you don’t want your coffee to taste like vinegar.