You might think that because a coffee maker heats up water in its tank, all that scorching hot water is enough to kill the germs and bacteria inside. However, because the water never reaches a boiling point, it’s just under the temperature needed to naturally disinfect. But it’s easy to clean your automatic coffee maker. Just fill the carafe with a 50/50 mixture of water and white vinegar and run it through as if you’re making a pot of java. The acidic water will clean and disinfect. Run a clean pot of water to remove any residual vinegar, and you’re good to go.
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