cleaning the coffee machine

Day 23: Cleaning the coffee machine

This is the 23rd post to the 30 ways with kombucha in 30 days that I have decided to take up for the month of September. You may read more about the ‘challenge’ I gave myself here. 

This post is dedicated to all coffee addicts in the world. If you love coffee, and enjoy a cuppa every morning before you start your day, we can be buddies.

I have no idea how I even started. I wasn’t much of a coffee drinker before. I started drinking more coffee when we were in USA. Hanging out with other wives and visiting their homes. Each time they would make a pot of coffee and we’d each pour glass after glass while we shared cakes & pastries.

coffee addicts

 

Then coming back to Singapore, I would have coffee at work, and meetings over at starbucks and hotel lounges. Seemed like the perfect thing to keep the day going. Well, you know what they say about coffee right?

coffee-is-for-closers

 

I’ve owned this Nespresso capsule machine for like almost a year now. We bought it for our home now that the hubby’s onto coffee as much as I am. Probably the best tasting coffee out there. I’ve started to notice that sometimes there’s dark particles in my coffee, or some extra gunk that I don’t expect to be there. Sometimes if we forget to drop the capsule into the little bin below, bits of coffee grounds would get stuck along the way.

As much as they say that its a 1 button job and the easiest thing you’ll ever have, it still does require some maintenance. The instruction manual does mention it too. You have to buy the descaler from Nespresso to clean the insides of the machine. The descaling kit costs around $26 for a set of 2. They recommend to descale your machine twice a year.  Or at least, do it when you find the taste of your coffee a little off-ish.

 

Why does this work? 

The mild acid in kombucha helps get rid of the hard water spots, remove any mineral build up and coffee bits that get stuck and turn rancid.

cleaning the coffee machine
cleaning the coffee machine

How to: 

Mix kombucha vinegar with filtered water 1:2 ratio.

Pour into the reservoir of the coffee machine.

Follow machine’s instruction manual to get to descaling mode.

For the Nespresso Pixie machine, check out this youtube video on how to get to the descaling mode.

Let the diluted kombucha run through the machine twice then discard.

I had a few dark particles and murky water on the first run through.

When all the liquid is drained, refill reservoir with plain water and allow the machine to go through the descaling mode once more to rinse.

Allow machine to run till water is clear, then exit descaling mode.

Make yourself an Espresso now, or simply turn off the machine. 😉


 

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Previous articles in the challenge: 

Day 1: All Purpose Spray

Day 2: Soak Produce to Remove Dirt & Bugs

Day 3: Kombucha Coleslaw

Day 4: Hair Rinse

Day 5: Facial Toner 

Day 6: Fermenter’s Overnight Oats

Day 7: All Natural Shower Cleaner

Day 8: Kombucha Vinaigrette

Day 9: Remove the smell our of food jars

Day 10: Using Kombucha to Marinate meats

Day 11: Clean your shower head

Day 12: Make the fluffiest cake

Day 13: Laundry refresher

Day 14 & 15: Kombucha Soap & Carpet Cleaner

Day 16: Kombucha Drain cleaner

Day 17: Kombucha as Antiseptic 

Day 18: Kombucha Cotton Pads

Day 19: Kombucha smoothie

Day 22: Kombucha Fly Trap

kombucha cotton pads

Day 18: Kombucha Cotton Pads

I feel like I’ve hit a milestone today. Its nothing big to many, but to me, its something. Its progression. 2 updates.

I’ve been sneaking probiotics into my husband’s food. I made rosemary kombucha marinated pork chops yesterday and paired it with my kombucha coleslaw. The kombucha marinated meat works in the same way as when we use alcohol to marinate meats. They break down the toughness in the meat and after cooking, the meat becomes very tender. Despite it being cheap frozen pork chops, the result was tender and juicy, even the husband was surprised himself. Read how to use kombucha as a marinade. 

Another update, my mum asked me if its hard to start brewing at her own home. Some of you may know by now, I’m quite alone in this journey of fermented products. My husband is not really into these, he’s ok with me brewing, but he will not drink it. My friends think I am keeping an alien at home. I’ve experienced first hand the improvements in my body, and how much it helped me in my digestive issues. So when my parents started accepting & drinking my cultures, to now, thinking of starting their own brew at home, its a milestone hit for me. Slowly but surely, I’m influencing them, and making changes to their lifestyle. :)

I think as each day passes, and I am slowly easing myself into building a natural home. The whole idea is to keep it simple to make, and to replace 1 product at a time at home. 1 less commercial product, means less harmful chemicals at home. We are easing towards a healthy & natural home and lifestyle. Doesn’t matter where you are. Country life, or urban homes. We can make it happen, one step at a time. You don’t have to rush into it.

Natural options are frugal options too. I finish the products I have and replace it with these natural options. You no longer have to spend extra dollars to get more products for just 1 use. Get a big bottle of castile soap, a gallon vinegar, and reuse the cleaning bottles you have now. You’ll have more cleaning options than you can complete in a day.

Today’s tip is super simple. Simple is good. If its simple, then you will take the action on it.

kombucha cotton pads
kombucha cotton pads

The idea is to always have pre-soaked cotton pads so that you can always have them on hand, ready to use.

Grab a small jam jar, stuff it with as many cotton pads as you can, pour kombucha over until cotton is completely soaked.

You can leave it on your bathroom counter to use as a facial toner, which I talked about here.

Or you can use it as an underarm deodorant. Simply take a cotton pad, wipe your underarms with it. It kills the bacteria and takes away the odor at the same time.

Heck, you can even double up, tone your face and wipe your underarms after.

Kombucha contains lactic acid which is a naturally occurring alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). Alpha hydroxy acids are effective, but gentle, exfoliants and are useful in the management of dry skin, acne and wrinkles. AHA helps to improve the texture of skin and potentially repair damage done by the sun. Lactic acid is noted for its rich moisturizing attributes and its ability to exfoliate dead skin cells without provoking skin irritation. Lactic acid may also increase collagen production which can help to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

Quoted from zeroxeno.com

I’m sure this is especially good for acne and the bumps that women get from shaving.

I’ll definitely be trying this out for awhile to see what the results are.

One great thing about this is the convenience. Time & space saver too. Since they’re all soaked and in a little jam jar already.

You can bring it out like a wet wipe to use on the go, or leave it on the counter and use it to wipe mirrors and dirty taps.

Even better, keep a jar of this in the fridge for summer cool wipes. Have I mentioned they are great for sunburns?

Are you planning on replacing some of your home products with some of the tips I’ve shared here?

I would love to hear from you. Are these tips helping you?


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Previous articles in the challenge: 

Day 1: All Purpose Spray

Day 2: Soak Produce to Remove Dirt & Bugs

Day 3: Kombucha Coleslaw

Day 4: Hair Rinse

Day 5: Facial Toner 

Day 6: Fermenter’s Overnight Oats

Day 7: All Natural Shower Cleaner

Day 8: Kombucha Vinaigrette

Day 9: Remove the smell our of food jars

Day 10: Using Kombucha to Marinate meats

Day 11: Clean your shower head

Day 12: Make the fluffiest cake

Day 13: Laundry refresher

Day 14 & 15: Kombucha Soap & Carpet Cleaner

Day 16: Kombucha Drain cleaner

Day 17: Kombucha as Antiseptic 

Laundry Refresher

Day 13: Laundry Refresher

This is the 13th post to the 30 ways with kombucha in 30 days that I have decided to take up for the month of September. You may read more about the ‘challenge’ I gave myself here. 

One of my favourite things about kombucha is that when left to brew long enough, it becomes similar to vinegar. In the past few experiments that I had, we’ve found the acidity to be perfect for cleaning, and the deodorizing effect helps take away odors.

This is great for soaking dirty cleaning rags, mop heads, stinky socks, and soiled clothes after a great outdoors workout.

How to use: 

Add 1 cup of kombucha vinegar to the pre-wash of a load of laundry.

Alternatively, you may soak them in a pail with 1/2 cup of vinegar. Pour away the dirty water, and proceed with laundry as usual.

If clothes are stained, you may need to apply stain treatment before wash.

Laundry Refresher
Laundry refresher

Image credits: Celeste Lindell from Flickr

 

Have you tried cleaning your clothes with vinegar? Are you enjoying this series of natural cleaning alternatives?


 

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Previous articles in the challenge: 

Day 1: All Purpose Spray

Day 2: Soak Produce to Remove Dirt & Bugs

Day 3: Kombucha Coleslaw

Day 4: Hair Rinse

Day 5: Facial Toner 

Day 6: Fermenter’s Overnight Oats

Day 7: All Natural Shower Cleaner

Day 8: Kombucha Vinaigrette

Day 9: Remove the smell our of food jars

Day 10: Using Kombucha to Marinate meats

Day 11: Clean your shower head

Day 12: Make the fluffiest cake