Why And How To Clean Your Coffee Maker
That's why.If you've visited this site before, or if you're in the habit of researching coffee, you know that it delivers a host of health benefits. After all, coffee contains antioxidants, lipids, amino acids, and a number of other compounds that work wonders for the human body. However, if you're not keeping your brewer clean, your coffee won't be as healthy (or as delicious) as it could be. A recent study by the National Science Foundation (NSF) underscores this fact. The study found that the highest concentration of household germs is found in the kitchen. That's no great surprise, since we store, prep, and cook our food there -- and that's not even mentioning the dirty dishes in the sink. What was surprising: your coffee maker could be one of the top five dirtiest items in your home. Nearly half of all coffee makers tested harbored mold and yeast, and ten percent tested positive for coliform bacteria. This does make sense. Even those of us who diligently clean the carafe and filter basket don't clean the reservoir as often as we should, perhaps with the thought that anything capable of boiling water probably does a passable job of taking care of bacteria. But coffee makers tend to be warm and damp -- ideal conditions for bacterial growth -- and the average coffee maker doesn't hold boiling water long enough to kill the bacteria, mold and yeast that can multiply there. Don't get your hopes up on your coffee helping, either; while coffee has shown limited antibacterial properties, it's not strong enough to kill bacteria in quantity. The good news is that you can keep your brewer clean with only a few simple steps: Pot/Carafe and Filter Basket: Warm, soapy water and a gentle scouring pad are typically the only things you'll need to keep your coffee pot and filter basket clean. If your machine uses a permanent filter (plastic or metal mesh), be sure to clean that after each use as well.