My friend Kevin is fond of drinking hot brewed coffee in the morning.
However, the coffee shop is kind of far from his home, and he is lazy to brew some himself. So, he bought a coffee maker.
The next day when he used it to make a mug of warm coffee, he found a strange smell coming out of it; the smell of plastic! And he found that his new coffee maker’s plastic taste is ruining his day. And he asked himself – “why does my coffee maker taste like plastic?”
Did I mention your current situation with the coffee maker? I guess so! You must be desperate to find the answer of – “how to get rid of the plastic waste in the coffee maker?”
Well, I got you covered here, and I’m going to share some reliable solutions to remove the plastic taste from the coffee maker. And if you’re lucky you might ask, what does fumes from plastic taste like in coffee! Well, to know, stay tuned and keep reading.
Why Coffee Maker Tastes Like Plastic?
First of all, you need to understand why you have this plastic smell coming out of your coffee. Well, it mainly comes from the water reservoir you have inside the machine.
When you keep the water inside that container for some time the gas inside may mix with the water and make it taste like plastic. Sometimes, hot coffee comes out of the coffee maker smells like burnt plastic.
Besides, if you have owned a cheap coffee maker, you also might face this problem. We recommend you not to buy a cheap one without proper research.
There are a Few Possible Reasons Why It Tastes Like That –
- In the new machine, outgassing the plastic reservoir may give this bad taste
- The coffee maker is used too much hence the plastic particle may mix with the water
- Normally plastic in contact with hot water may leach some particles
- If the plastic is not BPA free, the particles have a higher possibility to leach into the liquid
There may be other reasons as well; however, these are the most common causes behind the undesired taste of the coffee.
Now to answer what does the plastic taste like, well, you can taste that for yourself from any plastic object around you. Just to warn you, it’s not something that you will feel good while touching with your tongue!
Let’s now head to the solution of the question- “how to get rid of the plastic waste in the coffee makers?”
How to Get Rid of Plastic Taste in Coffee Maker?
There are some easy and common ways to answer – how do you get the plastic taste out of a coffee maker? But there is also an expensive way. I can assure you that after trying one or two methods, you can feel the difference.
The Vinegar Application
We all use vinegar in our cooking. Some foods are more delicious by adding a little vinegar to them. However, do you know how good a cleaner this is? The acidic nature helps in cleaning, and it is also used for disinfection.
So, when you try to use this for cleaning your coffee maker plastic taste follow the steps-
- Clean out the reservoir and keep it empty
- Fill it with the same amount of vinegar and water
- Start cleaning manually with a brush or if your coffee maker has an auto cleaning function then use it.
- Get the water-vinegar mix out of the pot
- Clean the reservoir again with water so that no vinegar remains there
After finishing the steps, you may find that no plastic smell will come out again. And if it does go for the next solution.
The Soap Water Combo
The most common way to clean anything is to use soap, of course! So, you already have an idea of how it will go. To remind you, I have added some steps that you can follow.
- Put some water in the water reservoir and add soap
- You better clean it manually this time because you can scrub all the places inside
- Clean it with water
Use of Baking soda
If you don’t have vinegar, you can use baking soda, too. All you have to do is-
- Pour water inside the machine’s water pot. Try using warm water
- Add baking soda in a fair amount accordingly, and warm water will help it dissolve properly
- Wash it, rub it, rinse it up
- You may want to try a second time doing the same process and clear it up
I hope this time you have clearly removed that bad plastic taste from your coffee.
Some Other Remedies
Using lemon juice may help you with the problem. Just run a little water and a bulk amount of lemon in it. Wash it up. You can use soap later to clean the sliminess from the lemon use.
You can try vodka or isopropyl alcohol to clean the inside of the coffee maker tastes like plastic as some people mentioned a good outcome from it.
The final solution that I can give is to buy a coffee maker having a stainless-steel reservoir. That will cost you money but solve your problem instantly. Well, I did say there is a way to vanish the problem, but it will be expensive!
Cautions: If you haven’t bought a coffee maker, make sure you check some things. First is check if it is BPA-free or not. Always go for the BPA-free one. You can still buy a machine with a stainless-steel water reservoir. Do not pour too much hot water in your coffee maker and clean it regularly.
After applying some of the given remedies, I think you have found your answer to – how to get rid of the plastic waste in the coffee makers?
I hope I did help you get a good cup of coffee and I really want that because I don’t enjoy a coffee tasting like plastic. That would ruin my whole day! And I wouldn’t want that to happen to my precious readers.