Something that has caught my attention lately is people complaining about mysterious sicknesses for long periods of time and can’t determine the culprit. I’ve been hearing a lot about this lately. That genius coffeemaker you got for your wedding from your best friend Joey? Hate to say it, but your Keurig could be making you sick. It could be harboring tons of little mold and bacteria friends.
It all had to do with the internal water tank and rubber tubing, which rarely get drained. The warmth, darkness, and moisture provide the ideal home for unsavory microbes. Heat, darkness, and moisture are breeding grounds for all kinds of mold and bacteria.
Nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin irritation are not just basic old cold symptoms, they’re symptoms from contact with mold. Yes, mold. What you thought was a common cold could actually be from mold growing in areas around your house including your coffee pot.
Your coffee can be the cause of your runny nose, wheezing, etc. Scary. Keurig’s main tanks actually can’t be drained, causing loads of moisture that can eventually lead to mold. Especially after sitting untouched over a long period of time…
If it makes you feel any better, ALL coffee makers that contain standing water are in the same boat.
In 2011, NSF International conducted a study on “the germiest places in the home.” Coming in at #5 was the coffee maker. They found yeast and mold in the water reservoir of half of all coffee makers.
Let that sink in for a second…
Your coffee maker has more germs than your toilet seat! Whew! Gross!
Recommended Routine Cleaning of Coffee Makers
After Each Use:
- Remove the wet coffee grounds and rinse the filter basket – they harbor and nurture mold spores.
- Daily: Wash the carafe, lid and filter basket every day. Warm, sudsy water is all it takes.
- Weekly: Wash all of the removable components a minimum of once per week; more if the coffee machine is used frequently. It’s as fuss-free as using hot, soapy water followed by a rinse and then letting it all air dry. As an alternative, put it all through the dishwasher (top rack only) on the hottest setting. This routine cleaning will significantly reduce bacteria and oils that have accumulated. It will also remove stains and keep your coffee maker looking cared for.
- Monthly: Running one part vinegar/one part water through the brewing cycle will combat molds and germs and decalcify the tubing. Start the brewing cycle with the mixture in the reservoir, stop the process at the halfway point and let it stand for about one hour. Then, continue the cycle. Before brewing coffee in the machine, run at least two complete cycles with plain water to clear the components of the acidic taste. (vinegar is 5% acetic acid)
What To Use To Clean Your Coffee Maker
Distilled White Vinegar
What are the advantages of using distilled vinegar?
- It sanitizes
- It decalcifies (removes mineral build-up)
- It’s easy to rinse from the coffee machine
- It’s inexpensive
So there you have it. Do your body a favor. If using one of these gorgeous coffee machines sitting on your counter. Make sure that it is thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis. And if you have unexplained symptoms that won’t go away, don’t hesitate to visit your doctor. This stuff can be quite lethal if left unattended too long.