I don’t clean my kitchen appliances as often as I should. I will admit that to you right now. But really, what does it matter what the outside of my coffee maker looks like as long as I’m cleaning the inside right?
Cleaning your appliances on a regular basis can really extend the life of them. And it keeps them looking nice. It also makes it easier when it does come time to clean them. If I wiped down my coffee maker once a week I wouldn’t have to make a big ordeal out of cleaning it.
Warning: Scary coffee maker images ahead
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Choosing a Cleaner
I’ve been trying to get away from chemical cleaners. Not for any real reason other than making decisions is hard. I go to the cleaning aisle at Walmart and there’s just so many choices. Do I want something good for the environment? Do I want something with super-increcible-magic-deep cleaning strength? Do I want something cheap? Do I listen to advertising or do I go with an off brand. I also worry about accidentally mixing chemicals I’m not supposed to and creating poisonous fumes that could kill me.
Vinegar and Baking Soda
These guys are my new best friends when it comes to cleaning. I like most women get my cleaning advice from pinterest. Pinterest tells me I can clean basically anything with vinegar. Sweet. Also if I do accidentally mix it with baking soda all I’m going to get is harmless bubbles.
How to Clean Your Coffee Pot
In a perfect world you should be using bottled water in your coffee pot. This is supposed to give you better tasting coffee and keep your coffee pot alive forever. I didn’t spend very much on my coffee maker so I won’t be upset when I have to replace it. I’ve had it for like 3 or 4 years now and It’s still going strong. I would definitely buy the same one again. I love that it’s programmable so I can wake up to coffee.
Yuck. I really need to clean this more often. My husband has been making coffe for me a lot recently so I hadn’t noticed just how bad it had gotten. Also the water is way worse here than where we used to live.
My tap water sucks. I wind up with white mineral deposits and water spots on everything. So every month or so I run some vinegar through my coffee maker to get the gunk out of the inside of it. I pour about half a cup of vinegar into the hopper and then fill it all the way up to the top with water. I throw a filter in the basket so I can see what I’m catching. It’s pretty gross.
I knew I needed to do a deep clean because I haven’t it quite some time. I actually went and bought a bottle brush. Go to the baby department and get one there. They have a sponge on the end instead of bristles and at least at Walmart they’re a little bit cheaper than the bottle brushes in the regular cleaning supplies. Sometimes I accidentally spill coffee grounds into the hopper and I wanted to make sure they were all scrubbed out. I put a little vinegar and dish soap into the water hopper on my coffee maker. I scrubbed it with the bottle brush and it definitely looked cleaner already.
I also had to do something about the outside of my coffee maker. It sits pretty close to my stove so it gets a lot of grease splatter on it, not to mention it gets dusty (also I don’t dust) so it all just builds up together.
The internet said to put baking soda in a bowl add a couple drops of dish soap and then a little water to form a paste. With a warm sponge or washcloth you wipe down the item you’re going to scrub, this loosens up the grease a little bit. Then you just scrub your baking powder mixture onto the surface and the grease goes right away. This works because the baking soda is abrasive. Also probably magic. Either way my coffee maker ended up looking great. I’m very proud of myself. Don’t forget to wipe down the power cord too.
When it comes to rinsing it out I just held it over the sink and poured the small cup of water over it. Just like washing a baby or a dog.
I washed the outside first and then I ran the vinegar through it. Then I ran a batch of clean water to get any remaining vinegar out. Now it’s good as new.
Rice Cooker and Magic Eraser
As an experiment I decided to wash my rice cooker using a magic eraser instead of my baking soda paste. The magic eraser works because it’s secretly abrasive. The inside of my rice cooker was so dusty from sitting around while I’m letting the inside of the rice cooker “soak” after use.
The magic eraser worked really well to get the grease residue off. I scrubbed it with dish soap as well to make sure it was really clean. I was very careful not to get too much water on the inside of it. So now my rice cooker looks great too. I have several other appliances but I decided doing these two was enough for today. So I’ll have to write another post soon for how to clean those.