Green in the Kitchen: Clean the Coffee Machine!

From flickr By Stuart Colville

As someone who uses my coffee maker at least once a day, I’m occasionally grossed out by the buildup of coffee and other residues accumulating inside. It turns out that this build-up can negatively affect the taste of your coffee, and may even clog the machinery. Since we should always keep our appliances working at their best, and because cleaning your coffee machine could be a potentially chemical intensive process, we’ve listed two green, non-toxic ways for you to clean out your coffee machine.  Take a look!

  1. Baking Soda: Fill the reservoir with water and 1/4 to 1/2 cup of baking soda, and turn it on. Once all the water has been brewed, allow it to sit in the carafe for five to ten minutes.
  2. Vinegar:  Mix a solution of two parts water to one part white vinegar, and pour this solution into the reservoir. Then brew! After the cycle has run once, brew again, this time using only water.

Epicurious recommends cleaning your coffee machine every three months to keep things running smoothly.  And a friendly reminder: don’t try to mix these two methods at once, as doing so will cause a messy chemical reaction (often seen in science fair volcanoes).

Let us know if you have any tried and true methods of cleaning your coffee machine.  Comment below!

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