Every morning, coffee is our life-saver. Many of us can’t function properly unless we have our daily caffeine fix. This boosts the energy levels that we need to get us through the day. This is the reason why we love our coffee makers! There are so many coffee machines to choose from and each of them has their own features that we can surely fall in love with. However, what if you most precious machine is the reason why you start to get sick?
Stephanie Brauns, a Michigan mother started to notice how she gets sick after taking a couple sips of her morning coffee and this has been happening for the past 6 months. She needed her early morning coffee but somehow, this is causing her more trouble. Her daily routine is to have a cup of coffee at home but this has been giving the side effects that she recently discovered. A friend posted online about the molds that she discovered on her own coffee maker so Stephanie decided to bring along with her the coffee machine that she has at home and check it out during her free time at work.
She knew that something was wrong but she was not prepared for what she would discover!
During her interview with WXYZ News, she shared that it was kind of an interesting thing for her to do because she always has her cup of coffee at home and by just taking three sips, she would already have severe reactions. She would struggle to keep her breakfast down and she has been putting up with this condition for six long months. That day, she finally realized that she had to make it stop and the first thing that she needs to do is to check her coffee machine.
The moment she removed the top off, she discovered a layer of calcium build-up probably growing over several years of using the machine. It also has a brown substance that looked like molds. She said, “It was horrifying. Horrifying was my reaction.”
Because of what happened to her, she’s doing her best to warn others to clean their coffee machines but she somehow realized that the manual that came with the coffee machine that she purchased did not come with instructions on how to clean it. Some coffee makers are easy to clean but Stephanie’s machine is very difficult to figure out. She said that it was nearly impossible to dismantle it and it was still something that she has to learn.
How To Clean Your Coffee Machines
One of the most effective ways to clean your coffee maker is by using a vinegar solution. After years of using that machine, it might be full of molds and you wouldn’t want that in your cup of coffee right? We love nothing more than a good cup of clean coffee so here is how to do it:
First, fill the coffee maker’s water chamber with equal parts white vinegar and water. By using a paper filter, allow to brew until half the chamber is empty. Turn the machine off and let it sit for 30 minutes. Let it finish brewing then rinse the machine with a new paper filter to brew a pot of clear water. Do the cycle twice and start filling the carafe with warm, sudsy water and some rice to serve as a gentle abrasive. Swirl the mixture gently in the pot, then use a scrubber sponge to remove any gunk. Rinse it dry and wipe the outside of the machine with a damp cloth.
If you have a classic coffee maker, give it a gentle cleaning every day and to decalcify it depending on how hard the water is where you live. The carafe, lid and also the filter basket should be cleaned daily with warm, sudsy water. If you are using your coffee maker daily, it should be decalcified once a month in areas with hard water and every two to three months in soft water areas.