A few weeks ago I was visiting a friend and she offered to make some coffee for us. I accepted and she proceeded to pull coffee maker parts from the dishwasher that she had just cleaned. As we continued to talk, we realized that she didn’t (and has never) cleaned one very important part of the coffee maker – the filter basket.
Almost every part of the coffee maker was clean: the carafe, carafe lid, and filter. But, the filter basket was not.
Since the coffee filter basket is almost always black, it makes it quite difficult to see dirty build-up. It’s also sometimes difficult to tell it can actually be removed from the coffee maker. But, let me assure you that it’s an extremely important piece to clean.
You see the filter basket is almost always damp and often has a puddle of water in it that never makes it into the carafe. If you brew coffee daily, the dark, damp basket has approximately 24 hours to begin harboring bacteria. If you make coffee less frequently, then the bacteria has longer to grow.
So, if you don’t want to be drinking bacteria, clean every part of your coffee pot often.
Here’s some suggestions for cleaning your coffee maker:
- Rinse and dry every removable part of your coffee maker after each use.
- Thoroughly wash every removable part of your coffee maker weekly. You can do this by hand with soap and water or take the easy way out and run it through the dishwasher (personally, I’m all for easy!).
- At least monthly, run vinegar through your coffee maker and “brew” like usual in order to clean out any tubing contained in your coffee machine.
How often do you clean your coffee maker? Do you clean every part?
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