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Tips and tricks on how to clean you coffee machine properly!

cleaning-coffee-machineHave you ever thought how your coffee spills on the counter and all around your coffee maker damage your home environment? People think only about how maybe disgusting it might look and they totally ignore the health issues that come with those spots, which become a warm home for any kind of bacteria.

Different studies have shown that surprisingly enough, the coffee spills host even more germs and bacteria than the bathroom ones. So, how do you feel about leaving your best espresso machine dirty again?

But the thing is that a low maintained coffee maker does not only turn your kitchen into a very risky environment to leave and eat, but also, and more importantly, it really damages the good taste of the coffee drink per se. This happens due to blocked tubes and non-properly-working mechanisms due to dirt and other elements accumulated from the water.
That is why, cleaning your coffee machine in a regular basis and thoroughly is very much important.

We have created a nice list of advices on tricks and tips for best practices on cleaning the coffee maker:

  1. Every time you use your coffee machine, you should also remove and wash all removable parts of it. This will help to totally clean them from elements such as coffee grinds or oil. You can just hand wash them like you do with any other kitchen tool, using soap and water. Than you may leave them to dry out or even better, dry them using a cloth.
  2. If you see coffee spills on the hot plate or any other part of the coffee machine, including the counter, remember to immediately take a wet cloth and wipe it. Be careful of the hot temperature of the machine if in use. This way you will avoid that coffee burns or dries out and becomes a very difficult spot to clean.
  3. Than, once a month, you should decalcify the machine. What does this mean? You know that everywhere the water passes, it leaves behind small quantities of calcium, which over time becomes a hard material to get rid of. Thus, cleaning thoroughly your machine with this purpose is very useful to prolong its life and prevent any bad taste on coffee drinks. They say that the magical element that serves the case is white vinegar.

Pour one-third of white vinegar and two-thirds of water into the water container and start the machine. You need to let it work as usual, making sure no coffee grinds or filters are involved meanwhile. Than run the process again one or two times with just plain water to rinse out the vinegar.
The machine will be as good as new.

Garbage Disposal Do’s and Don’ts

Garbage-Disposal-DO-and-DONTSWe have made some incredible technological advancements over the years. Built to make our lives easier and more convenient. One of the most convenient and helpful device, has been around for awhile now though.

I am talking about Garbage Disposals.

We use them to rid our live of all the unwanted rubbish in our lives.

Well at least the food related rubbish that is.

What is a garbage disposal?

A piece of equipment that is installed underneath your kitchen sinks drain. It is screw up into the drain hole and connected to our outlet drain piping and if we have one, our dishwasher. It is hardwired from the bottom, into our electrical outlet in our kitchen wall.

By using a low horsepower motor to spin the “blades” or “grinders on the top portion of it, it destroys almost anything that enters it from our drains. Except for some select rubbish food items, it works to shred them into a thin liquid to allow our left over rubbish flow easily to the main sewer city in our towns.

Make sure to research specific models and makes before purchasing, they all come with different features and options. Look for a continue batch disposer, so that you can control when it turns on and off, for the most efficient method of disposing your food waste.

Garbage Disposal Do’s and Don’ts

These can be extremely beneficial and helpful tools to have in your kitchen. But you must follow this list of Do’s and don’ts of what to put down your disposer so that you can use them properly and at they are intended for. Failure to follow these rules, will results in you pay a lot more pounds out of your pocket, I have spoken to http://www.sinkwastecare.com/ who installed ours, and he advised me to stay away from the following:


  • Fruit Scraps
  • Fruit Peels give it a fresh scent
  • Vegetable Scraps no peels
  • Leftover soft foods like scrambled eggs
  • Ice Cubes help sharpen blades
  • Meat Scraps no bones of any kind

Basically, any of your soft [except the ice cubes but they are good for it!] food waste rubbish will do. This list consists of some of the most common uses, but it is not limited to.


  • Coffee Grounds and filter cause severe clogs
  • Cigarette Butts become grinded up clothe fiber
  • Metal causes jams and will fry your unit
  • Plastic gets intertwined in your grinders and seize it up
  • Cardboard will only seize yoor and make a mess
  • Stringy Veggies like celery or cornhusks get intertwined
  • Grease/Oil builds up over time and accumulates everything
  • Egg Shells have a thing membrane that will create a stick tied up me

Where should I put those items?

Well since you need to still get rid of items like the ones mentioned above. Then you have a few options for them.

  1. Recycle

This goes for all the metal, plastic, and cardboard you need to dispose of. Sort them out into your homes recycling bins. Bring your metal to any dumpsite that accepts it. There are plenty.

  1. Compost Pile

For you more organic food rubbish, make a compost pile outsider your home. Preferably, in your backyard and away from your house as far as possible. Designate a spot and start dumping all your foods that can be decomposed into the earth out in this pile.

  1. Regular Garbage

If you do not have the space for a compost pile and you don’t want to have to take your trash somewhere every time, then most of the compost type materials can just go into your regular trash. You rubbish collector will come and pick it up weekly and take it to your nearest landfill.

For your other items like meta, plastic, cardboard and glass. Set up for recycling bins from your sanitation company. They will happily bring you three recycling bins for each of your needs

  • Plastic
  • Cardboard/Newspaper
  • Glass

Your metal however, is going to have to still be brought to a metal recycling site. Don’t try to sneak it past your rubbish collectors, the more your trash can weighs, the more they charge you pounds.