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Top 10 Reasons To Clean Your Coffee Maker

10 Reasons to Clearn Your Coffee Maker

how to clean your coffee maker's stainless steel exteriorThe odds are good that if you're a coffee drinker, you regularly clean your coffee carafe— after all, it gets dirty every time you make a pot of coffee. But fewer people think to clean the internal components and surfaces of their coffee makers which can be ideal zones for mold growth and bacteria and just plain unsightly if not cleaned regularly. Still not convinced you should add cleaning your coffee maker to your monthly cleaning routine? Let's see if our Test Kitchen can convince you with their top 10 reasons to clean your coffee maker.

Get Better Coffee Flavor

Coffee oil will leave a residue on both your cup and coffee pot. Be sure to wash your coffee pot in the dishwasher (if dishwasher safe) or with hot, soapy water to eliminate buildup. Believe it or not, oil residue can impart a bitter flavor in future cups of coffee.

Eliminate Build Up in Your Coffee Maker

Calcium and other mineral deposits can build up in your coffee maker restricting water flow and causing lower brewing temperatures. Lower brewing temperatures dilute the coffee flavors and cause an increase in the brew time.how to clean your coffee maker to prevent mold

Increase the Life of Your Coffee Maker

Buildup can affect the operation of any parts that come in contact with the water. Over time, this buildup can compromise the system. Regular cleaning will eliminate buildup and help your coffee maker function properly for a long time.

Destroy Germs that Hide in Moist, Warm Environments

Germs grow easily in a warm, moist environment. Help prevent germs in your coffee maker by discarding wet grounds after each brew and leave the lid open after using to let the inside dry out.

Stay Healthy

study by NSF International found about 50% of homes identified had yeast and mold in their coffee reservoirs. Both are known triggers for allergies and can have negative impacts on your health. Regular cleaning can prevent this growth and the adverse effects it brings. Learn how to clean and descale your coffee maker using vinegar.how to clean your coffee maker

Clean Appliances Just Look Better

Brown stains and old, molded coffee are both unsightly and totally preventable. Wash your coffee pot when finished. If you have stubborn stains, mix equal parts of baking soda and water and use to scour the stains. This works great for travel mugs, too.

Enjoy Shorter Brew Times

Hard water can cause calcium to deposit in the heater pipes. This buildup insulates them causing an increase in brew times. Eliminate buildup by thoroughly cleaning your coffee maker at least once a month.

Prevent Basket Overflow

Often, this problem can easily be solved by cleaning out the coffee maker. If a coffee maker is recently cleaned but the problem persists, you could be using too much ground coffee or your grounds may be too fine. Try using slightly fewer coffee grounds or medium ground coffee.how to clean your coffee maker hot plate

Keep Your Hot Plate from Burning

Be sure to wipe down your hot plate, especially if you spill water or coffee on it. Leaving spills on the plate can ruin the paint finish and cause the coating to flake and the plate to rust.

Make Coffee Taste It’s Best

Whether you’re buying coffee directly from a local roaster or buying a can of store-bought coffee, it just tastes better if you’re brewing from a clean coffee maker. Coffee will be rich and full-bodied versus the weak and bitter coffee you get from a unit with buildup. To get started, check out our guide for How to Clean Your Coffee Maker

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