How to Clean Your Coffee Maker

Don't let bacteria and fungi buildup ruin your brew.

When was the last time you cleaned your coffee pot? Findings from a small 2011 National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) study found the most bacteria in home kitchens and appliances like coffee makers and reservoirs. Along with bacteria and microorganisms, mold and yeast were also present in significant concentrations. Don't rely on the hot water in your coffee maker to kill off all the germs. In fact, the moist environment inside the appliance can increase bacterial and fungal growth. If you use your coffee maker daily, make sure to wash the carafe, lid, and filter basket after every use. Every month, brew a vinegar and water solution to decalcify the machine from the inside out. Print this simple one-sheet as a reminder to regularly clean your coffee maker.


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Exactly How to De-Escalate Aggression From a Stranger

Follow security Expert Bill Staton's important advice to keep yourself safe.

Have you ever had a tense interaction with a stranger in public? Perhaps your shopping carts accidentally knocked into each other or there was a misunderstanding in communication and the other person gets angry. You may wonder how you can de-escalate the aggression and exit the situation safely. So security expert Bill Stanton has your go-to advice for staying alert and protecting yourself in the face of verbal aggression and physical attacks.

THE INITIAL INTERACTION

Bill Stanton: "It always starts with something small, like someone being too close to you, or even more common, you get bumped by a shopping cart. You want to look at their eyes first -it may reveal emotional changes. But you can't rely on just that. Look at what their trunk is doing; a person's torso will reveal their intent. Body language like raising hands, heightened expression, tense shoulders — these are natural responses to a person who is feeling threatened and will escalate. They may begin to zero in on the space between you and them, and their voice will get louder and louder. You want to read this before it gets further and becomes explosive."

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