Many people around the world start their day with a good cup of coffee in the morning. But, did you know that your coffee maker may be full of bacteria and mold? And that your coffee may be contaminated too? Learn the risks, and how to avoid them!
A quick question: When did you clean your coffee maker? Is it more than a month? If anything but yesterday is your answer, then we have some worrisome news for you! Your morning coffee could possibly harm your health!
Your Morning Coffee May Be Full Of Bacteria And Mold
A 2011 study, which involved 22 households, had discovered that almost half of the coffee makers had mold and yeast growing inside. Approximately, one in ten of the machines had coliform bacteria accumulated in the water reservoir and piping system.
Hold your attention! It gets even worse! The statistics show that on average, coffee makers have higher mold and bacteria count than handles for bathroom doors and toilet seats! Isn’t this a reason for you never to use the kettle in a hotel room for your morning cup of coffee? For me it is!!
Coffee makers are undoubtedly a humid environment, where bacteria and mold are known to grow in large numbers. Usually, the human body can handle them. But, at some point, they may reach dangerously high levels, and can be a cause for a disease. Not something you want to hear, right?
How To Thoroughly Clean Your Coffee Maker
Unfortunately, a quick clean is not enough to protect yourself from the risks. You should dedicate some time and resources to thoroughly clean your coffee machine. But, nothing too fancy or expensive! White vinegar is sufficient to effectively clean and disinfect the infested areas, and to eliminate the hard white mineral deposits, left behind by the tap water.
If you’re a regular coffee drinker, then you should clean your coffee machine daily. You should carefully clean the filter basket, lid and carafe with a solution of equal parts warm water and vinegar. Fill the water chamber with the vinegar solution, add a paper filter, turn on the machine, and allow it to brew until half empty. Then, turn it off, and allow it to rest for a half an hour. Change the paper filter and turn it on again, to complete the cycle.
On the other hand, the decalcification of the mineral deposits can be done once a month, especially if you use hard tap water. Use a sponge to scrub the coffee machine with warm water and soap, and rinse it under running water. Allow it to dry.
If you use soft or distilled water, you can do this cleaning process once on every two or three months.
And that’s it! All it takes is a white vinegar rinse to get your coffee maker back in form! Enjoy in your mold- and bacteria-free morning coffee!!