Were you ever taught how to descale your coffee maker? Or properly clean it? I sure wasn’t. And because of this I have something to admit. It’s shameful, and it’s gross, but I have to say it. Whilst we give our coffee machine a quick clean every now and then, I’ve only thoroughly cleansed it once. And descaling? That hasn’t even happened yet. That’s on the “things I’ll get around to at some point this year” list.
Some of you probably widened your eyes at those statements, unable to do anything except stare at my deplorable words. However, I’m willing to bet that there are a fair amount of readers who read both sentences and then wondered why I’m making a big deal out of them.
Why cleaning and descaling is so important
It turns out that not thoroughly cleaning your coffee machine regularly is actually pretty bad, as it’s a hotbed for bacteria. I knew that the majority of kitchen appliances would be far from sterile, but I didn’t realise quite how high on the list of grimey items the humble coffee machine would sit. Descaling is also so important, especially in you live in a hard water area (like we do, oops).
How to clean and descale your coffee maker
Thankfully, Quill have provided this great infographic which details why cleaning and descaling is so important, and how to do it. The DIY solutions use only safe ingredients and make a great, eco-friendly alternative to commercial cleaning products. You can also find more information on the topic over on Quill’s website. There’s no excuse not to descale and clean your coffee maker after reading this!
What type of coffee maker do you have? Do you clean and descale it regularly, or is this something you need to start doing (like me)? Let me know in the comments, and don’t forget to like and pin! You can see another great infographic from Quill on healthy baking swaps here.