Spaniards drink an average of 14 coffees a week (which corresponds to 728 coffees a year) and 6 out of 10 would not change our coffee for any other drink. These are data from the study carried out by Starbucks and the Ipsos Institute in 2019 on the preferences and habits of Spaniards with coffee. Therefore, the coffee maker is probably one of the most used appliances in our homes on a daily basis. Y Like any kitchen appliance, and even more so with intensive use, it requires periodic maintenance and cleaning. If it is not done correctly, it may end up negatively affecting the taste of the coffee or the correct operation of the machine.
Then, We review some tips on how to clean the inside of our coffee maker (the system where the water passes and then the coffee comes out), avoiding using chemical or industrial cleaners that are less sustainable:
With lemon juice
The high citric acid content of lemon juice is an excellent natural cleaner due to its low pH and antibacterial properties. By the way, to get more juice from a lemon, before cutting and squeezing it, it is advisable to roll it by pressing with the palm on a hard surface.
Y To clean the inside of our coffee maker, we fill the water tank with a lemon juice solution (1 part water and 2 parts lemon juice). It is preferable to use freshly squeezed lemon juice but juice based on concentrate can also be useful. Next, we start the coffee maker as if we were going to prepare a coffee until all the water and lemon solution passes through the system. Once the water tank is empty, we wait until the machine has cooled down and fill the tank again with cold water and repeat the process so that no lemon remains in the system.
With white vinegar
White vinegar is also one of the most effective household cleaning products as the acetic acid it contains dissolves dirt and works as a natural disinfectant. In the case at hand, we fill the tank of the coffee maker with cold water up to half and the other half with white vinegar. Next, we start the coffee maker and let the mixture run out until the tank is halfway up. We let it cool and rest for an hour, then rinse the tank and make two coffee pots with just water.
And to descale the coffee maker
Baking soda is another of the great natural allies for daily cleaning. In this case we will use it to descale the coffee maker. It is as simple as pour a cup of lukewarm water mixed with 1/4 cup of baking soda into the water tank of the coffee maker. Next, we do a complete cycle of coffee until all the mixture passes through the circuit. To finish, we fill the tank of the coffee maker with clean water and turn on until we carry out another two normal cycles.