We need it to stay awake. Eighty-three percent of us drink it. And yet we can be harming ourselves. Let’s talk about our coffee makers.

According to NSF International’s “Germiest Places in the Home 2011” study shows that coffee maker reservoirs have a higher germ count than bathroom items, like the light switch or bathroom door knob.
The reasoning for this is because coffee makers are damp and house the perfect place for mold and bacteria to grow. Don’t worry, there is a way to keep our favorite kitchen appliance clean.

Unfortunately, hot water is not enough.

Now the secret ingredient is an oldie but a goodie – vinegar. Since vinegar is acidic it naturally dissolves minerals from tap water, sanitizes, and decalcifies. Carolyn Forté from Cleaning Products Lab at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute told Huffington Post to give {classic drip} coffee maker at gentle cleaning every day.

Worried about your Keurig, clean it the exact same way you would a classic coffee maker.

Check out TheFrugalGirls.com step-to-step guide to cleaning out your coffee maker.

Now, clean that coffee maker and enjoy a germ-free better tasting cup of coffee.
Tell us how often you clean your coffee maker. Don’t worry we won’t judge! Do you have more kitchen appliance cleaning tips? Let us know below!

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