If there’s one thing I love, it’s coffee. But if there’s one thing I don’t love, it’s cleaning my coffee machine, my grinder and the stains off of my coffee mugs. Honestly, I loathe it all. So I’ve been searching for some easy, efficient ways to get these dirty jobs done quickly. That way I can get back to doing what I do best…drinking coffee. If this all sounds familiar, here are a few methods that might help you to keep your caffeine clean.
Valiant, Victorious Vinegar
If you prefer to use natural cleaning supplies, nothing pairs better with your coffeemaker than a crisp, white vinegar.
For normal upkeep, simply mix one part white vinegar to two parts water. Swirl the water-vinegar combo around in your carafe and then pour it into the water reservoir. Let it sit for 5 quick minutes. Next, it’s time to start the brewing process like you normally would. You may want to repeat this process a 2 or three times depending on the level of dirty you’re working with.
Once you’re done, just “brew” plain water through the machine to clear out any vinegar residue that may be left behind. You don’t want anything to effect the taste of your coffee. Lastly, give your carafe a good rinse and just like that, your coffeemaker is good as new!
Sink Your Teeth Into It
For some people, the smell of vinegar can be unpleasant. If you’re looking for an alternative, you might be surprised to know that you can also try denture-cleaning tablets. Like vinegar, they are extremely easy to find in your local store. With denture tablets, the process is an easy one: dissolve 2 tablets in a full carafe of water, then pour that solution into the water reservoir. Let it sit for 5 minutes. Now, turn your coffee maker on and let the mixture brew through. Repeat this process one time, and then run a third cycle with fresh water. Just as clean as with the vinegar, but none of the smell!
A Refresher For Your Favorite Coffee Mug
A favorite coffee mug is often a dirty coffee mug. And we all have that favorite mug. It’s the perfect size for the perfect mix of coffee and creamer. But, because you use it so frequently, those stains can really build up. So, every now and then, if soap and water just isn’t cutting it, try baking soda. This is a super easy process: sprinkle a little baking soda to the coffee mug. Add a few teaspoons of water, creating a paste. Then scrub your heart out. The scrubbing will erase those stains in no time.
The Daily Grind
Here’s the thing about grinders: they do the dirty work and they get super dirty. But there is a way to clean those hard working machines that will have them looking like they’re right out of the box. And that solution is rice – yes, the same rice you eat!
Here’s how it works: pour ¼ cup of plain white rice into your grinder and grind it for about 1 minute. The rice bits will dislodge residual coffee grinds. Next, dump out the rice bits and wipe down the grinder with a clean, damp towel. Let it dry and then say “hello” to your new coffee grinder!
The goal today was to help make our coveted coffee-cleaning experience much easier. Now we can all feel good about that second (er, fourth, fifth, sixth?) cup. Cheers!
Photo 1-Laurie March
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