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In this post, we’re going to give you several ideas on how to clean your coffeemaker with natural ingredients.
The fact that you are reading this indicates that you, like me, are not a big fan of drinking something that is come in contact with harsh chemicals. Also, we really don’t want to be drinking out of something that dirty.
Sludge and oily residue can start to accumulate inside your coffeemaker and pot over time.
Cleaning your coffeemaker thoroughly on a monthly basis will help you to ensure great tasting cup of coffee.
We will provide you with three different methods of cleaning your coffee pot with natural ingredients. They all work the preferences are up to you. Pick one and use one.
Clean Your Coffee Machine
Cheat Sheet For For Methods Cleaning Your Coffee Pot With Natural Ingredients:
Immediately below is a quick cheat sheet that will immediately answer the question of how to clean your coffee machine with natural ingredients. They all work. More details on each method are further down the post.
- Fill coffee pot with one-third vinegar and two-thirds water. Run it halfway through and let sit for an hour. Finish running the mixture through. Rinse with 2 pots plain water.
- Use 50% lemon Juice to 50% water in the pot. Run it halfway through and let sit for an hour. Finish running the mixture through. Rinse with 2 pots plain water.
- Use 2 Tablespoons citric acid dissolved in 1 cup boiling water, + cup Cold water. Run it halfway through and let sit for an hour. Finish running the mixture through. Rinse with 2 pots plain water.
Use ¼ cup Baking soda dissolved in the coffee pot of water. Run it halfway through and let sit for an hour. Finish running the mixture through. Rinse with 2 pots plain water.
Cleaning Vs Descaling – Which Do I Need To Do?
The answer to that is both. Cleaning the coffee machine is relatively straightforward and self-evident. The part that people never think about is descaling and this can be the main culprit in a dirty coffee maker and bad tasting coffee.
Scale are mineral deposits that are dissolved in water left behind as the water passes through. It is known as ‘hard’ water You may have heard of scale being a problem in plumbing; well it can also be a problem in a coffee maker.
One of the two primary ingredients of coffee is water. Start with good water, it will not only keep your equipment clean it will make better coffee.
Most cleaning methods involve a combination of vinegar, baking soda or citrus juice.
Let’s Use Natural Ingredients To Clean Your Coffee Pot, First:
To clean the coffee maker and pot you will need:
- White Vinegar
Fill the coffee pot with ice. Add 8 ounces of white vinegar. Add about 4 ounces of salt. Top with water. Swirl it around, let it sit, an hour or all day. Pour it out, wipe it out.
Method 1 – How To Clean A Drip Coffee Maker With Natural Ingredients.
Fill your coffee makers coffee pot one third (1/3) of the way full of white vinegar in the rest of the way with water.
This ratio works for any size coffee pot. Pour the water and vinegar mixture into your coffee machine and start the brewing cycle. About halfway through the cycle shut the machine off. Let everything sit for an hour.
After an hour continue to run the machine to finish the cycle. Run a couple pots of plain water through to get rid of the vinegar.
Method #2 How To Clean A Coffee Maker Naturally Without Vinegar.
No matter how you slice it, you need something acidic to clean your coffeemaker. If you have an aversion to vinegar, citric acid can be a really good substitute.
Method A – with Citric Acid: Take 2 tablespoons of citric acid (available on Amazon or in most groceries stores0 and add to one cup of boiling water. Stir to dissolve. Add 1 cup of cold water to that mixture. Run the mixture through your coffee machine. Discard it. Run a pot or two of cold water through your machine to rinse it out.
Method B– with Lemon Juice: Mix 1 cup of lemon juice with 1 cup of boiling water (or any amount of juice and water as long as it is 50/50 ratio) and run it through your machine. Run a couple pots of cold water through to rinse
Method 3 How To Clean Your Coffee Pot Naturally With Baking Soda
The method for cleaning your coffee maker naturally with baking soda is pretty much the same as using vinegar or citric acid. You’re going to make a mixture of baking soda and water, run it through the machine and then rinse a couple of pots of water through the machine afterward.
Method: fill your coffee pot almost to the top. Stir in ¼ cup of baking soda to dissolve it. Once the baking soda has dissolved into the pot of water run it through the coffee machine just like it were a pot of coffee. After you have done that, run through two pots of plain water to rinse out the insides of the coffee machine.
In speaking to people and doing the research for this post, almost everyone recommended a thorough cleaning of your coffeemaker at least once a month.
I, for one, am a little bit picky about drinking out of clean containers in the eating off clean plates.
One article that I read suggested that you should actually trash your coffee maker and buy a new one each year.
At first the cheapo in me rebuild against this concept. But after a little bit of thought I realize that coffee is my passion. Why not try a different coffee maker every now and then? You don’t have to stay married to the one you currently have.
The second and probably the biggest revelation that I’ve had is that if the int
rior of your coffee machine is getting gunked up the short served term solution is to clean it regularly. That’s a Band-Aid solution. The long-term solution is to use better water. I have no problem using bottled water for my coffee, it’s a minor indulgence that makes me feel better. A quick warning do not use distilled or de- mineralized water as it will affect your coffee taste and may void some coffee makers warranties.
I hope you enjoyed the information presented in this post.
I wish you the best in your coffee tasting and drinking endeavors.
Coffee Lover’s Accessories:
Here are some gift ideas to help make your coffee experiences richer. We selected these gifts based on practicality and usefulness any coffee lover would appreciate.
Zevro Indispensable Coffee Dispenser, Silver – 1/2 PoundOzeri Pronto Digital Kitchen and Food Scale, Elegant BlackZoku Grey Iced Coffee Maker, Travel Mug – Hot Coffee In – Iced Coffee OutCup Holder Desk Clip Silver – Durable, Portable, and Foldable!
1. Ground Coffee Dispenser. No need to measure every time.Designed to measure one tablespoon at a time, the dispenser can be used to place ground coffee directly into coffee makers or espresso machines. It is constructed to keep ground coffee fresh for maximum flavor, and the included base keeps counter tops clean of ground coffee spills. Holds up to half a pound of ground coffee. Click & Check it out here.
2. Digital Multifunction Kitchen and Food Scale An accurate scale is a must for precision coffee making and coffee bean roasting. This is a top seller. Precision Tare Button calculates the net weight of your ingredients by automatically subtracting the weight of any bowl or container.Runs on 2 AAA batteries (included) that automatically power-off after 2-minutes to preserve battery life. Click & Check it out here.
3. Grey Iced Coffee Maker – Travel Mug Pour hot coffee in – get iced coffee out. Make chilled iced coffee or tea in as little as 5 minutes, no ice needed and it works with any brewing method, including single cup machines, drip, and pour over methods 4 designer colors to choose from. Click & Check it out here.
4. Portable Cup Holder With Clamp – Durable, Portable, and Foldable! This is not cheap plastic – it is aluminum with great clamping power. It fits many sizes of cups and appears safe and secure when holding a 32oz filled cup, a mug (up to 3″ in diameter), a thermos, a water bottle, or a soda can. Click & Check it out here.