Would you like to start your day with a cup o’ joe with a pinch of fungus? I thought not.
Have you ever noticed your coffee tastes bitter and funky? Then it’s high time you clean KitchenAid coffee maker.
Cleaning it might look like a daunting task. To douse your worries and make you start loving your coffee again, I decided to share with you a few simple cleaning tips.
Cleaning the coffee maker in your home or office is a must, not just for the quality of coffee it produces, but also for the durability of the machine. There are quite several reasons why cleaning your coffee maker is just like cleaning your car.
Why Do You Need To Clean Your Coffee Maker?
There isn’t just 1 definitive answer to this question but an array of reasons. After all, you can quickly tell when it needs to be cleaned.
Better flavor: To maintain the flavor you love so much every time you brew your coffee, you need to get the machine cleaned. Every time the machine is used there is the residue of oil, both on your cup and pot.
Because of this, you should deep clean the coffee pot with some hot soapy water at the end of the day.
Prevents hard water buildup: It’s easy for calcium and some other mineral deposits to build up in your machine. If not removed, they can reduce water flow as well as lower brewing temperature.
When the brewing temperature lowers, the same goes for the quality of your coffee.
Note: if your coffee maker still doesn’t brew after this, here are some simple troubleshooting tips.
Killing germs: When the machine is in a warm and moist environment, it can quickly breed bacteria. To prevent this, regularly disinfect it. Discard wet grounds and make sure the lid is left open after each brew.
Healthy lifestyle: It’s easy for yeasts and molds to grow on a dirty coffee maker.
Regular cleaning prevents this and keeps you safe from any infection or illness.
Better appearance: Even when not using the machine, it still gets dirty by attracting dust. If you don’t have time deep cleaning it at the end of the week, merely wiping it with a damp cloth will do.
Appliances look better when they are clean. Your coffee maker is evident in your kitchen; don’t make your guests see it dirty.
Quicker brewing: You don’t want to spend your whole coffee break with the brewing machine.
Limescale and other minerals quickly build up inside the pipes. When this happens, there is an increase in brewing time. This can be easily prevented with little to no effort.
Cleaning Your KitchenAid Coffee Maker
Let’s put these 6 tips to actual use and get started.
Baking soda: Baking soda can easily be found in most homes, you probably have some right now. This process takes very little time and is relatively easy.
Mix about one-quarter cup of the baking soda in warm water until it dissolves in the container. After then, you can turn the machine on and let it run. When you are done, the coffee pot can then be washed with clean water.
In the end, fill the container with clean water and run it through the brewing process again. Repeat this process until the brewing water is crystal clear.
Alka Seltzer Tablets: These tablets are used when there are troubles with your stomach, but they can also be used to clean your dirty coffee maker.
Not only are these tablets used in cleaning coffee makers, but they can also be used in cleaning other kitchen appliances.
You need to fill the coffee maker with about 10 ounces of water, as well as 3 – 4 tablets. Brew this for some time, so that it can fill all those nooks and crannies.
When this is done, run about 2 – 3 cycles of normal water through it. This will get rid of the remaining Alka Seltzer from the machine.
White Vinegar: While regular cleaning can be performed now and then, you can always carry out a deep clean at least once a month.
You can do this with just white vinegar and water. Start by mixing an equal part of vinegar and water and start brewing.
When this is done, repeat the brewing process with just clean water to completely remove the vinegar.
Apple Cider Vinegar: If you don’t have white vinegar lying around the house, you can use Apple Cider Vinegar.
The process is the same as above except for the mixture. Instead of mixing the same amount of water and white vinegar, here add twice as much water as apple cider vinegar.
Read my in-depth guide for more info.
Lemon Juice: For those who don’t like the smell of vinegar.
The process is the same as with apple cider vinegar – mixture also. Except here, in the end, you don’t need to brew with only water.
You can brew coffee straight after and treat yourself with a caffè Romano.
Market Descalers and Cleansers: Specialized cleaning products for coffee machines and other household appliances, use them as a quick fix on your machine, and get rid of all dirt. There are various products out there, but you need to be sure of what they are made of.
Make sure you get the right one for your appliance.
And voila, your coffee maker is just as good as new!
It is effortless to clean your coffee brewer and will cost you nothing – most homes have at least one of these products. However, for many people, it’s a chore they don’t want to engage in. This prevents them from doing the needed cleaning that will ensure the long-term use of the machine. This shouldn’t be your story, at least not anymore.
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My personal choice is lemon. What’s yours?