If you're a caffeine freak like me, for sure, you also find it hard to start your day without sipping that cup of freshly brewed coffee. But like most people, you probably don’t clean your coffee maker regularly. You might be one of those who have been convinced by some myth saying that the secret to a truly rich and flavorful coffee is by not cleaning your coffee maker frequently (or worse, not at all).
But mind you, that is the quickest route to a sore tummy. Like dark magic, the scent of unclean coffee machines can attract evil creatures, I meant, micro-organisms that are harmful to the body. Just kidding, but seriously, no kidding! Instead of gaining an energy boost for the day, you might end up wishing you have the power to turn back time and would have just cleaned your coffee maker the right way. I can actually make a list of reasons why you should clean your coffee maker often, but rather, I am choosing to write a fool-proof spell to give your coffee maker that sparkling clean look like it's brand new.
Empty Your Coffee Maker
Give your carafe a good rinse, a really good one. Your carafe is exposed to mineral content left by used coffee. Leaving it dirty over a long period of time will solidify any stain, making it harder to clean. Good thing though, with Lola's "The Original" Kitchen Sponge Puff Bottle Cleaner™, this won't be that hard to do.
Fill the Water Reservoir with Cleaning Solution
There isn't any sorcery involved in this, but a mixture of equal parts of water and white vinegar has done "magical" things in the housekeeping arena. Fill up your reservoir with the water-vinegar solution, and let it rest for about 30 minutes.
Run a Brew Cycle
Once your magical potion, I meant the cleaning solution, has rested enough in the reservoir, you can now start with a new brew cycle. Let the cleaning solution finish brewing completely before pouring it out from the carafe. Replace the filter again, as necessary.
Repeat Brew Cycle with Tap Water
Repeat the brew cycle, but this time, fill the reservoir with water from the tap. It may feel like some sort of deja-vu but repeat this step at least once or twice to make sure your coffee maker has been rid of all that "magical" cleaning solution. Keep the reservoir lid open for an ample amount of time to avoid moisture collecting inside.
Wash Removable Parts and Wipe Down Coffee Maker
Now that you've flushed out the darkness inside your coffee maker, it's high time to give your coffee maker's external facade a deep clean as well. Wipe down the exterior of your coffee maker using Lola® Anti-microbial Clean N' Wipe™ Cloth, which can inhibit the growth of bacteria and germs. Wash all the removable parts such as the carafe and filter baskets. Finish it off by drying them all with Wowables® Reusable & Biodegradable Paper Towels.
You may consider deep-cleaning your coffee maker at least once a week. In doing so, you are assured that you can enjoy a clean cup of freshly brewed coffee with your morning bagel, of which I can also share with you a good recipe. But first, let me finish my cup of coffee.