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5 Quick Steps to Clean your Coffee Pot

how to clean your coffee pot


There is nothing better in the mornings than a hot cup of coffee am I right?!

What about a cup of moldy coffee? Not so much! O.M.G Gross!


Unfortunately, statistics show that if you haven’t cleaned your coffee maker within the past 3 months you are probably drinking moldy coffee.

Studies also show that most people don’t consider their coffee maker an appliance that needs any cleaning at all. However, mold, bacteria, yeast, and coliform are found inside our wonderful little friends the coffee makers. Keurig’s and drip pots alike have water reservoirs that sit and get warm the perfect quiet little home for those disgusting intruders we can’t even fathom drinking in our morning cup of jo.

Don’t worry though I’ve gotcha covered!



Here is a quick and easy little list you can do right now to make sure your next cup is as fresh and clean as the first day you bought your pot.

Here’s how to “Decalcify” your coffee maker

  1. Fill the coffee maker’s water chamber with equal parts white vinegar and water. Using a paper filter, allow to brew until half the chamber is empty.

  2. Turn the coffee maker off and let it sit for 30 minutes, then finish brewing.

  3. Rinse the machine by using a new paper filter to brew a pot of clear water. Do this twice.

  4. Fill the carafe with warm, sudsy water and some rice as a gentle abrasive. Swirl the mixture in the pot, then use a scrubber sponge to remove any gunk. Rinse and dry.

  5. Wipe the outside of the machine with a damp cloth (but remember, this and the previous step should really happen every day).


Some Extra Tips Are:

1.Wash Removable Parts Daily

You want to do this to remove coffee grounds, dirt, dust, oils, and grim. Usually the dishwasher is fine for most parts. Be sure to dry out the parts you wash and wipe down the pot as best as possible.

2.Decalcify Once a Month

Follow the quick 5 step process after your morning cup of coffee on a random Saturday about once a month to ensure the cleanest mold free coffee all month long.


But if your coffee still isn’t tasting as great as your favorite coffee shop there may be a problem with your coffee brewing habits. Click here to find out what Big Mistakes Your Making with Your Coffee Pot


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