Your coffee maker has mold. Here is how to clean it.

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Most people, like to start their day off with a cup of coffee, it's one of the most popular morning habits you will find. And many people across the country like to brew their coffee in their tried and trusted coffee maker or Keurig coffee brewer. There is something about that morning cup of coffee that many people can't do without, of course, that would be the caffeine, and many people simply love the taste of coffee. But if you are one of the many people who brew their morning cup of coffee in a coffee maker or Keurig coffee brewer you will want to be sure and clean it on a regular basis. That is because while convenient, coffee makers and Keurig coffee brewers are also a place that can harvest mold. A 2011 study from the NSF International found that about half of the classic coffee makers had yeast and mold growing inside their reservoirs. And about one in ten coffee makers were home to coliform bacteria. On average, home coffee reservoirs also had a higher germ counts than both that of bathroom door handles and toilet seats. That is certainly not good news for people who don't always clean their coffee makers and Keurig coffee brewers. And while the study only tested 22 households, it is not surprising. That is because coffee makers and Keurig coffee brewers contain a moist environment where mold and bacteria are known to grow in high amounts. And while our bodies can deal with them, at some point, they mold, and mildew in your coffee maker will grow to levels high enough to cause sickness. And opposite to what some people might believe, hot water isn't enough to get this mold out.

The good news is that there are house cleaning tips and DIY idea to get your coffee maker and Keurig coffee brewer nice and clean again. The magic ingredient is simple white vinegar, which decalcifies the coffee maker and helps to remove the mineral buildup from tap water. If you have a classic traditional coffee maker, it's a good idea to give it a gentle cleaning every day and to help decalcify it depending on how hard the water is where you live. The coffee carafe, lid and filter basket should be cleaned daily with some warm, sudsy water. A coffee maker that is used on a daily basis should be decalcified about once per month in hard water areas and every two to three months in areas with soft water.

Similar rules also apply to the pod-based machines such as the Keurig coffee brewers. This is because debris can clog the many nooks and crannies on a Keurig coffee brewer, so these machines can also benefit from a white vinegar run-through every few months. It really depends on how often you use your Keurig coffee brewer and for how long the coffee machine lies dormant. This is because mold spores love to grow in spots that are nice, moist, and quiet environments. So if you have a Keurig coffee maker or traditional coffee maker that you've left unwashed on your countertop over the weekend, this is the perfect location for mold to grow. So no matter how often you use these coffee makers, you will want to practice these DIY idea and house cleaning tips for decalcifying as they are the key to better-tasting coffee overall.

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