THE STINKY COFFEEMAKER
Whether Your Coffeemaker is an older model,, or newly purchased, it requires regular cleanings to remove hard water deposits, leftover coffee oils that become rancid, and other impurities. Unfortunately, after a period of regular use, the residual oils collect, and gather bacteria. And, bacteria lead to evil odors. Here is what a customer wrote: “Yesterday morning, while cleaning the kitchen, I decided that the coffee pot needed to be cleaned/disinfected/deodorized. There were dead coffee grounds spilled in various spots, the warmer where the coffee pot sits was grungy. It made me ill to see and smell this mess.”
The next time you are making a ‘cuppa joe’, STOP. Follow these easy directions to solve another issue concerning odor and disinfection.
This is how to solve the problem
- First, lets remove the scale. These whitish deposits can be removed with Vinegar. Put ¼ to ½ cup into the water reservoir and turn on the machine so that the vinegar runs through the heating system. Do this a second time with only water to flush out the vinegar. Repeat, but add a small amount of baking soda to neutralize vinegar's acidity. (Nok-Out is a 'base' and contact with an acid such as vinegar is not a good idea. A quick final rinse using a little bit of baking soda eliminates any problems.)
- Spray the inside of the water reservoir with 1 - 2 oz of Nok-Out. Add 1 - 2 cups of water. Turn on the machine and run this solution through the heating system. This step removes any taste of vinegar that might be remaining.
- Flush the water cavity with clean water. Process it through the cycle into the coffeepot. (Be sure and use fresh water for this last cycle).
- Dry the water cavity after the steps above. A paper towel, or (better) a soft cloth works well. You may find some nasty deposits removed!
- Spray Nok-Out into the coffee basket or filter container. Use an old toothbrush to scrub the hard to reach areas. Allow to remain wet for a few minutes.
- Rinse everything carefully and allow to dry.
If you use a single serve coffee maker, Nok-Out still does the job using these simple steps.
- With power off; remove the water cavity. Spray inside and outside with Nok-Out. Allow the surface to air dry (or 5 minutes) before making a cup of coffee. Give it a quick rinse before using again.
- Lift the coffee lid, remove used cup, if present. Spray Nok-Out directly into the coffee container. Spray the inside of this space. Allow to air dry.
- Remove the drain tray where a coffee cup is placed. Remove the grate, and spray Nok-Out in and outside of the tray. Allow to air dry.
- Spray and wipe the exterior of the coffee pot.
For this type coffee maker, you will probably find less odor-and less bacteria present. Once every 3-4 months is sufficient to deodorize and disinfect.
The next morning, use your nose again. If you still smell anything but clean and fresh, give the contents and parts another dose of Nok-Out. No need for vinegar this time. You have already gotten out the 'scale'. Now, you simply are finishing the deodorizing job.