When you think of the dirtiest places in the house, you don’t often think of your coffee maker. However these amazing machines are great places to brew more than coffee. The back area of the pot, full of warm water, is a haven for breeding bacteria. Instead of putting harsh, dangerous, cleaning chemicals in a drink maker, you can use a simple white vinegar solution to keep your coffee maker germ free.

Start by rinsing the pot with cold water, then fill the back area with one part vinegar to two parts water. Turn on the machine, and allow the mixture to “brew.” After turning off the machine, let the vinegar mixture sit for about 15 minutes then run plain water through the machine two more times, with a 15 minute wait in between each cycle.

Doing this at least once a month will keep your coffee pot nice and germ free.

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