Fresh juice, fresh coffee, and a nice hot shower must be amongst the most heavenly delights that your home has to offer. But when it comes to cleaning your juicer, coffee maker and shower head, that delight turns to dismay. So here’s a guide to cleaning the most finicky of household items, quickly.
Your filter coffee machine
It’s important to clean your coffee machine every month, because leftover coffee grounds and spilled coffee can go mouldy and rancid—and you don’t want to feed that back into your morning brew! So just remove the filter and any grounds that are there, wash the pot well in hot soapy water, and fill the water reservoir with half and half white spirit vinegar and water. Run this through, catching it in a jug, and then run through a couple of rounds of filtered water, to rinse away the vinegar. Hey presto, the system is cleaned of lime scale and any other nasties.
Your pod coffee maker
A pod machine (like these) can be treated the same as a filter machine. With your pod coffee machine, wash any parts that are removable in hot soapy water, wipe over the outside, fill the reservoir with dilute spirit vinegar, run that through and then run water through the system to rinse.
Juicers are notorious for being fiddly to clean, so if you’re thinking of getting one, the first thing to check is whether it is easy to wash. If it’s too late for this strategy, the thing to do is to attend to the machine immediately after you’ve finished squeezing the life-blood from your carrots or kale. If you don’t want to scrub before taking your first sip, tip all the removable parts into a bowl of hot water straight away. If you leave any of the pulp to sit, especially in the filter, it will take a lot of elbow grease to remove. When you’re ready to clean it, use a brush (a nail brush is good) to get into all the nooks and crannies.
You probably haven’t even noticed, but the odds are that your showerhead is blocked right now. Have a think about it – does the water come out in a mere dribble where once it was a roar? Don’t start tinkering with the water pressure just yet, because it’s probable that a buildup of lime scale on the shower head is to blame. Happily, it’s easily fixed. No need to poke around with a pin trying to unblock it, just fill a large, strong sandwich bag (with no holes) with the cheapest of white vinegar, unscrew the showerhead and pop the showerhead in overnight. The vinegar will dissolve the lime scale, so just rinse well in the morning and replace.
So, with those jobs out of the way easily and quickly, you can painlessly go back to enjoying your gadgets!
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