I enjoy a hot cup of coffee and I have a Keurig, but then I saw this article about how nasty they are on the inside and I wanted to vomit and throw my machine out. Well, not really. I don't want to toss it in the trash just yet, but I am very grossed out at what this article reminds us of.
For starters, the only way we can clean our Keurig is by running water or vinegar through it. We can't really get down on the inside and scrub it out. And you know what happens with sitting water right? Water that sits in the machine, in the dark, turns to mold and bacteria.
That mold and bacteria is probably used to make our coffee! Sounds nasty right? So what do we do? There's only a few options. You can try cleaning it with a few cycles of water and vinegar. You can throw out your old Keurig and get a new one that has a water tank you can see, empty, and clean. Or you can just drink your moldy bacterial coffee and say "who cares?"
I'm going to clean the old one out and get a new one when I can. You can do whatever works for you. If you continue drinking from your old and possibly moldy machine, then that's your choice. I don't think you'll grow an extra limb or anything, but it's still kinda yucky right?
Everything about this makes me sad because I love my coffee and K-Cups!
Here's more information on potentially moldy and bacteria laced Keurig machines.
Donna Duberg, M.A., M.S., an assistant professor of clinical laboratory science at Saint Louis University said, “Bacteria forms a slick biofilm when grown in moist, dark places, and so do molds.”
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No, your coffee bean’s antibacterial action is not enough to kill these microbes that are floating through the system. Duberg said, “There is research which shows that it is only about 50 percent effective in killing bacteria, such as Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus mutans, and molds.”
No, your water is not getting hot enough to kill all microbes that are living in your coffee system. For that to happen, the water would need to reach boiling temperature and stay there for one minute. And, for heaven’s sake, wash your workplace coffee mug with dish soap and water. Researchers found that half of workplace coffee mugs were contaminated with fecal bacteria.
Can you clean the Keurig? The first step is to empty out the exterior water tank and look inside the tank. Does it feel slimy? Clean and dry that tank and run a few cycles of diluted vinegar through the Keurig. Good luck with that. One person said, “I could still smell a moldy aroma after doing quite a few vinegar cycles. There were also black, floaty things in my cup even when I just brewed hot water.”
Our Keurig is about ten years old, so we're due for a new one. This one works perfectly fine though and I'd rather not spend cash to get something I already have!
I'm going to clean this one out, then inspect it, and then decide if we should get a new one. I know what you're thinking - just get the new one, right?
You're right. I won't give up on the K-Cups just yet. They're too darn convenient and the amount of flavors you can get is amazing.
What will you do with your Keurig? Clean it, trash it, or replace it?