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(Huffington Post)   Wait, there are some people who don't clean their coffee maker?   (huffpost.com) divider line
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628 clicks; posted to Food » on 10 Jun 2021 at 10:39 AM (6 days ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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6 days ago  
I probably should do that again. I've had it five years.
 
6 days ago  
Easy when you dont own one of those abominations
 
6 days ago  
The few times I've used a hotel coffeemaker (mostly for hot water for noodles) I've cleaned it thoroughly myself. If it's not easily cleanable, then I don't use it.
 
6 days ago  
This is an adverticle.
 
6 days ago  
I'm not buying your farking 'de-scaler'. The office maker's carafe gets a quick swish of water from the bathroom sink and it's good. Don't let the grounds sit for days and you're fine. I'm not dead yet. Farking nancys.
 
6 days ago  

Ker_Thwap: This is an adverticle.

"HuffPost may receive a share from Urnex purchases made via the link above."


I guess there's nothing *wrong* about paying two bucks a throw to clean your coffee maker, but vinegar is $.02/ounce.
 
6 days ago  
My stainless steel French press just goes in the dishwasher.  Easy peasy.
 
6 days ago  
I just throw out the used coffee maker every day.  Sure it is expensive but it is a small price to pay to protect my family from something stupid I read on the internet.
 
6 days ago  
My drip coffee maker is one of the cleanest things in the house. I know, because it's been clean for at least five years now - we don't drink coffee, only pull it out for guests who do, and it's been used maybe a dozen times in the 15 years we've owned it. It's clean and in a sealed plastic bag on a shelf in our storage room.
 
6 days ago  
Having some sort of sponge or even some sort of scrubber is also super helpful because sometimes grime can build up if it goes for too long without a wash."

The word for which you're groping, there, is "brush." Wash it after each use, then use a brush to thoroughly clean the basket, especially in the fiddly little areas where buildup occurs because a giant sponge or inflexible scrubber can't reach.
 
6 days ago  
As for descaling? Vinegar. Simple white vinegar. 1 part vinegar to 1-2 parts water. Yes, your house will reek of vinegar for a bit. That's how that works.
 
6 days ago  
My wife and I received a Cuisinart coffee maker as a wedding present. Just run plain water through it a few times. Sanitizes the unit and doesn't add a chemical flavor to the coffee.
 
6 days ago  

Sword and Shield: The few times I've used a hotel coffeemaker (mostly for hot water for noodles) I've cleaned it thoroughly myself. If it's not easily cleanable, then I don't use it.


Use the free grounds to make some cold brew overnight using a water bottle or the hotel paper cups. Heat in microwave next morning or drink room temp.
 
6 days ago  

FormlessOne: As for descaling? Vinegar. Simple white vinegar. 1 part vinegar to 1-2 parts water. Yes, your house will reek of vinegar for a bit. That's how that works.


I prefer the smell of vinegar to inhaling industrial descaler. Cheaper too. Better for environment.

Vinegar!
 
6 days ago  

Manfred J. Hattan: Ker_Thwap: This is an adverticle.

"HuffPost may receive a share from Urnex purchases made via the link above."

I guess there's nothing *wrong* about paying two bucks a throw to clean your coffee maker, but vinegar is $.02/ounce.


I found this on the product's page.. just found it amusing.

Frequently Asked Questions
Why shouldn't I just use vinegar?
Vinegar is a relatively weak acid that will not clean away many coffee oils or descale efficiently. It is difficult to rinse, takes longer to be effective and leaves behind an unpleasant odor and aftertaste that can affect future brews.
 
6 days ago  

mjones73: Manfred J. Hattan: Ker_Thwap: This is an adverticle.

"HuffPost may receive a share from Urnex purchases made via the link above."

I guess there's nothing *wrong* about paying two bucks a throw to clean your coffee maker, but vinegar is $.02/ounce.

I found this on the product's page.. just found it amusing.

Frequently Asked Questions
Why shouldn't I just use vinegar?
Vinegar is a relatively weak acid that will not clean away many coffee oils or descale efficiently. It is difficult to rinse, takes longer to be effective and leaves behind an unpleasant odor and aftertaste that can affect future brews.


Now you got me curious so I looked up the ingredients. Sodium carbonate and sodium percarbonate. So basically (hah!) OxiClean.  It is true that a little bit of OxiClean will do a nice job on your coffee maker and in particular will make a glass carafe shine like the day you bought it. OxiClean is $.13/ounce, though it's getting harder to find the unscented stuff, so there's that.
 
6 days ago  
There are some people who don't clean ANYTHING. Some people are filthy as fark. And they're not all men, either.
 
6 days ago  
I have two coffee makers. Each one gets cleaned immediately after use:

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6 days ago  
My French press is like a well seasoned cast iron skillet.
 
6 days ago  

Telephone Sanitizer Second Class: My French press is like a well seasoned cast iron skillet.


A single pass of the filter adds a good tbsp of old accumulated coffee silt to each batch.

Mmmmm, that "French press hei".
 
6 days ago  
I have hard water, so it gums up the drip maker enough I just get a new cheap one every 4ish months.
I have tried cleaning the hard water buildup, but unless I use some chemical, it isn't worth it.

My percolator however, I clean bout once a month.
That makes much better coffee. But since it takes longer to make a pot, I only use it on weekends.
 
6 days ago  
I help maintain a very nice vacation rental house, kitchen is all black granite. Cleaning gal goes to make a cup of coffee with the keurig, opens and closes it, and ants swarm out carrying their larvae and all. She threw the keurig off a second story balcony to get it outa there. We'd seen a few ants here and there but couldnt see them running on the black granite, and guests fortunately apparently hadnt tried the keurig out for a few weeks, we got lucky that we found them and not the guests...
 
6 days ago  

olrasputin: Telephone Sanitizer Second Class: My French press is like a well seasoned cast iron skillet.

A single pass of the filter adds a good tbsp of old accumulated coffee silt to each batch.

Mmmmm, that "French press hei".


And is there a source on this besides your ass?
 
6 days ago  

lifeslammer: olrasputin: Telephone Sanitizer Second Class: My French press is like a well seasoned cast iron skillet.

A single pass of the filter adds a good tbsp of old accumulated coffee silt to each batch.

Mmmmm, that "French press hei".

And is there a source on this besides your ass?


For an obvious joke that was in response to his obvious joke?

Why no, I don't believe there is.

You should go take a nap or something.
 
6 days ago  

freddyV: I have hard water, so it gums up the drip maker enough I just get a new cheap one every 4ish months.
I have tried cleaning the hard water buildup, but unless I use some chemical, it isn't worth it.

My percolator however, I clean bout once a month.
That makes much better coffee. But since it takes longer to make a pot, I only use it on weekends.


i like that the perc has an opening large enough for me to get my hand in there with a dishrag. I dont super clean the thing, just run hot water through everything when im done drinking coffee & wipe it all down.  Cant get the kind of blackened part of the bottom clean no matter what, but thats the heating element burning old coffee. it is what it is.

drip makers are really tough to get clean.
 
6 days ago  
In my last workplace, I occasionally cleaned the coffee pot on my mids, but stopped drinking coffee there because some people left it to stagnate for days...complete with drowned miller moths.

I don't touch Keurigs because they never get cleaned out well.

At home, I avoid the issue altogether by brewing my coffee by using paper teabags or using Korean instant coffee.

When I travel, I pack a hot water coil and a mug...because I had to clean several hotel waterpots when my coil failed one year...and now I pack two coils.
 
6 days ago  

thealgorerhythm: FormlessOne: As for descaling? Vinegar. Simple white vinegar. 1 part vinegar to 1-2 parts water. Yes, your house will reek of vinegar for a bit. That's how that works.

I prefer the smell of vinegar to inhaling industrial descaler. Cheaper too. Better for environment.

Vinegar!


vinegar! is there nothing it can't do? our "dryer sheets" consist of cut up (unused, lol!) shop-towels in a mason/ball jar full of cider vinegar, with more than a few drops of pure lavender oil. good stuff! grab 2 or 3, squeeze most of the liquid back into the jar, toss in the clothesdryer. replace into jar when done, shake the thing up for next time.

"You can make your own solution with white vinegar, but Eckroth finds that it's easier to buy one."

easier... than. buying. vinegar?! lol!!! I'll do a solution of half white vinegar, half water. run it thru' the machine at least 2 times. then run fresh plain water through (and discard) at least 2 times, maybe 3. only thing that hasn't managed to clean? is... the little translucent plastic cup/oz level-indicator on the side of the machine.
 
6 days ago  
If your resevoir has a pink film in it, best to clean it
 
6 days ago  
I have counterspace issues I gave my perk away I make instant at home Sometimes I'll wash the spoon that sits on a paper towel next to the microwave Thinking about getting a Moka pot
 
6 days ago  
oh! semi-tangentially-related...

so, my brother was doing massive demo on their master bath, like ripping off sheetrock down to bare studs and stripping tile down to subflooring. because black mold, ugh.

and of course the commonsensical thinking: bleach! it kills ever'damn'ting! right? newwwp. turns out that bleach will not only drive mold deeper inside wood/etc. but also encourage and motivate it to farking multiply out of control. lol! who knew.

but you know what totally works? acids. even just food-grade vinegar. or muriatic nonsense - as kids, we used to buy this stuff called "The Works" (purely for experimental tests of exothermic aluminum reactions inside a 2L bottle...!) - which, I guess at some point in the past they super-toned-down the level of HCl in there :( - I mean, I'd never use that in our covfefe-maker, but for non-food-related mold could be worth a shot.
 
6 days ago  

fasahd: I have counterspace issues I gave my perk away I make instant at home Sometimes I'll wash the spoon that sits on a paper towel next to the microwave Thinking about getting a Moka pot


I only really drink coffee as a milk-vehicle, but yeah moka pot has always been my favorite. metal filter == moar oils, moar flavor. (I think we had a somewhat-recent foodtab thread about just how bad the oils are for you, lol. oh well!)

basket of the inexpensive drip-machine we use now t'home, has a gold-plated mesh, so there's still some good flavor-country. (I mean, I *guess* we could also put paper-filters inside the actual filter *not. rolls eyes*)
 
6 days ago  

Smelly Pirate Hooker: There are some people who don't clean ANYTHING. Some people are filthy as fark. And they're not all men, either.


My second job was deep cleaning the restrooms at an amusement park after hours. Hands down, the women's restrooms were always far filthier than the men's were.
 
6 days ago  

thealgorerhythm: Sword and Shield: The few times I've used a hotel coffeemaker (mostly for hot water for noodles) I've cleaned it thoroughly myself. If it's not easily cleanable, then I don't use it.

Use the free grounds to make some cold brew overnight using a water bottle or the hotel paper cups. Heat in microwave next morning or drink room temp.


I don't drink coffee, actually. Hence the noodles.
 
6 days ago  

Manfred J. Hattan: Ker_Thwap: This is an adverticle.

"HuffPost may receive a share from Urnex purchases made via the link above."

I guess there's nothing *wrong* about paying two bucks a throw to clean your coffee maker, but vinegar is $.02/ounce.


Yep-  You don't need a commercial de-scaler.
 
6 days ago  

Sword and Shield: The few times I've used a hotel coffeemaker (mostly for hot water for noodles) I've cleaned it thoroughly myself. If it's not easily cleanable, then I don't use it.


before the thing died (ugh, two solenoids in there almost designed to fail, and while I wouldn't have minded de-soldering/re-soldering, the replacements cost entirely way too farking much) - I used to use the wife's keurig as a hot-water machine for such as noodles and my teapot. now we have some unholy-combination drip-carafe + k-cup thing, but the reservoir on the k-side isn't even close to the massive one of her former B75/K75/whatever-it-was.
 
6 days ago  
"Most coffee carafes for drip coffee makers are double-walled,"

They are? Maybe on some of the higher end ones, but I think most are just regular glass. I had a stainless one once, and even that was just a single wall.
 
6 days ago  
But it washes away the seasoning!

/I kid. I clean my coffee maker often. Should de-scale it more, though.
 
6 days ago  

ReapTheChaos: "Most coffee carafes for drip coffee makers are double-walled,"

They are? Maybe on some of the higher end ones, but I think most are just regular glass. I had a stainless one once, and even that was just a single wall.


I've got some double-wall tumblers, but never once in my life seen a carafe have it. thing sits on a hotplate all day, the hell does it need to be insulated?

once as a busboy in the late-80s, I dropped an empty carafe. about 4 feet straight onto a tile floor. thing farking bounced. one of those, you know, standard brown/orange leaded/unleaded ones, doubt it's borosilicate/lab-glass, but at least the "good" old kind of Pyrex or something?
 
6 days ago  

olrasputin: I have two coffee makers. Each one gets cleaned immediately after use:

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Same thing, here's mine.

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I have the Chemex also, but just like the Hario a little bit more.
 
6 days ago  

olrasputin: I have two coffee makers. Each one gets cleaned immediately after use:

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always wanted a chemex, but I do have a stainless filter - one of those Vietnamese inexpensive types, similar to

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/definitely cleans up super-easy
 
6 days ago  

BunkyBrewman: olrasputin: I have two coffee makers. Each one gets cleaned immediately after use:

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Same thing, here's mine.

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I have the Chemex also, but just like the Hario a little bit more.


Yeah, I really only use the Chemex when I'm making coffee for more than two people.

I do 500 mL batches in the Kalita most days for just my wife and myself.
 
6 days ago  
tintar:

always wanted a chemex, but I do have a stainless filter - one of those Vietnamese inexpensive types, similar to

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/definitely cleans up super-easy


Yeah, I've used stainless filters and like them just fine, but my wife can't stand that little bit of grit you get from the fines that inevitably start passing through. I don't complain because it at least gives me an external excuse to use the lazier, but more wasteful, filter setup.
 
6 days ago  

Smelly Pirate Hooker: There are some people who don't clean ANYTHING. Some people are filthy as fark. And they're not all men, either.


i knew a woman at a job two jobs ago who never, and this was in 7 years of working with her, washed her coffee cup. she just swished it with water in the morning then made instant coffee in the cup. every day. after years there was a hard, shiny layer of old instant coffee all around the cup, like black enamel. it was disgusting.

When i get to have coffee nowadays, i use a french press that is washed after every use.
 
6 days ago  

SoCalChris: Smelly Pirate Hooker: There are some people who don't clean ANYTHING. Some people are filthy as fark. And they're not all men, either.

My second job was deep cleaning the restrooms at an amusement park after hours. Hands down, the women's restrooms were always far filthier than the men's were.


part of that is because women almost always take their children of both sexes with them when they use the  restroom. said children are often unsupervised while mom is in the stall
 
6 days ago  

silvervial: SoCalChris: Smelly Pirate Hooker: There are some people who don't clean ANYTHING. Some people are filthy as fark. And they're not all men, either.

My second job was deep cleaning the restrooms at an amusement park after hours. Hands down, the women's restrooms were always far filthier than the men's were.

part of that is because women almost always take their children of both sexes with them when they use the  restroom. said children are often unsupervised while mom is in the stall


There are other reasons, sometimes, I've been in strip clubs with sparkling bathrooms and mahogany walls and an attendant with towels and soaps and colognes; a dancer who sat and talked to me told me of the horrors in their bathroom I guess to make them feel cheap and worthless
 
6 days ago  
Wow! Amazing! This should be posted under LIFHAKKS!

*rollseyes*
 
6 days ago  
Another fantastic life hack:  wipe your ass after taking a dump.
 
5 days ago  
Ants are bad enough, but cockroaches are attracted to the smell of coffee. Check that office Keurig machine before you use it. Shudder
 
5 days ago  

lifeslammer: Easy when you dont own one of those abominations


Why did you comment in a thread about coffee makers if you don't own one?

Are you also one of those people who comments in threads about TV shows you don't watch, only to tell everybody how you don't even own a TV?
 
5 days ago  

tintar: ReapTheChaos: "Most coffee carafes for drip coffee makers are double-walled,"

They are? Maybe on some of the higher end ones, but I think most are just regular glass. I had a stainless one once, and even that was just a single wall.

I've got some double-wall tumblers, but never once in my life seen a carafe have it. thing sits on a hotplate all day, the hell does it need to be insulated?

once as a busboy in the late-80s, I dropped an empty carafe. about 4 feet straight onto a tile floor. thing farking bounced. one of those, you know, standard brown/orange leaded/unleaded ones, doubt it's borosilicate/lab-glass, but at least the "good" old kind of Pyrex or something?


I bought a basic model a while back and it had a double-walled carafe. It's not anything special. This has become more or less the standard. No more hot plate, which is nice because it means no more burned coffee.
 
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