Coffee machines are a lifeline for java junkies like you and me. So I got a new life support system a.k.a. Ninja Coffee Bar a few weeks ago (read about it here). Ever since then I have been looking to get my head around it. It never hit me that I should be cleaning the system regularly until I came across a study which stated that the filthy inside of a coffee machine could be growing bacteria and could cause you to get sick. Yes, you read that right! With all the residue stuck inside the filter after weeks of using it, it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria. Just thinking about it makes me feel gross. Ew..
So, my fellow procrastinators, let’s not sulk around anymore because today, we’re learning how to clean your coffee machine and make it awesome again. A regular check is important for your brewer because you don’t want to be drinking the gross dirt that hasn’t been swept in a while. Believe me, you don’t! I have compiled a set of instructions below to help you clean the grease which will save your time and give you options to choose from.
Cleaning your brewer system is not as complicated as you think. A little brushing here and a little soap there does the job, but this machine needs to be looked after. In the beginning, the functions felt confusing to me too and if this is the first time you’ll be disassembling your machine, then don’t you worry, I found a video for you which will give your thoughts way. (You’re welcome!)
- Soap and Warm Water
- You can start with removing the parts that come off easily like the brew basket and the pot.
- Feel free to remove any useless stickers as such. I, being a minimalist did take them off and believe me they come off easily, it looks a lot cleaner now.
- As mentioned in the Instruction Manual (source), the glass carafe is dishwasher safe but to be on a safer side, I suggest you use the top rack of the dishwasher for the cleaning.
- Use a moist and soapy cotton cloth to wipe down the outside of the machine and remove any coffee or milk stains which usually remain.
- Also, be careful with the temp warming plate. I cleaned mine with a soaked sponge and it wasn’t a hassle at all.
- Soap residues often remain, so clean them up with water too before your mother visits and chews you out on this one.
- White Vinegar
Gear up for the next stage of cleaning because it involves quite a few steps. Good news for those who skipped the gym today. Yay!
- There must be coffee dregs (I know it’s a fancy word, here you go) from the last time, so, run the brewer with plain water first.
- You should buy a bottle of white vinegar. Trust me on this one because you wouldn’t lose track of cleaning once you witness the hideous inside this time.
- Your ratio should be at 1:1 before diluting white vinegar with water. Pour this mixture into the water reservoir. (Don’t trip)
- You need to run your machine and let the solution brew. I had to wait for 30 minutes. Argh! Most antsy 30 minutes of my life.
- Be patient (look who’s talking) and if you get bored then just start cleaning the built-in frother.
- Finally, your mission is accomplished. **Mission Impossible Tone**
- Oh, wait! Don’t forget to throw the vinegar water away and rinse it off with plain water THOROUGHLY because vinegar stench may cause you to pass out in the kitchen. (just saying)
- General Pointers
- If you are a newbie and haven’t yet started brewing, then you could really find this video useful.
- Resist turning the power outlet on when you’re rinsing it with water unless you want electric shock tingles all over your body.
- I highly recommend you only use the dishwasher if it is dishwasher safe for the external parts of the machine. I, personally, used the dishwasher because why not.
- The temp warming plate is yet another fragile part you should be vigilant with while wiping it. Thank me later on this one.
- I realized it later **sigh** that my machine worked without any glitches after a thorough rinse.
- I hate to break this to you but only use white vinegar to clean your machine, other kinds of vinegar or cleaners might cause damage to your all-time kitchen favorite.
- To save you from the cringe-worthy odor, I suggest you use lemon and water to clean your coffee maker. I used this method the second time I cleaned (phew!), and it works just fine. It also gives your machine a fresh vibe to it.
If cleaning is not your cup of tea, then make it your cup of java juice.. hehe.. because you have no idea what kinds of bacteria dwell in the dark insides of your machine. Creepy, right? With all the steps provided in the post today, you are well-versed with the basics of cleaning and the precautions to take. Reading the Instruction Manual will help you take the right safety steps while cleaning the machine. With just the right energy and dedication (DUH!), you are choosing health over everything. So, sit back and relax while your mum makes another unplanned visit!