We all need a cup of coffee (or two) to get going in the morning. A fancy single-service machine can whip you up an espresso or café mocha in seconds, but unless you clean it properly, you’ll be starting your day with a side order of bacteria. In fact, it’s one of the top 7 surprisingly germiest things in the kitchen.

The gross facts

Cotton swab tests of 28 single-serve machines showed more than 50% had swarming bacteria colonies in the water tank, coffee pod compartment, spout and tray. And these weren’t your garden-variety germ, either. Researchers found e. coli, staphylococcus, streptococcus, pseudomonas aeruginosa, and mold. Exactly the stuff in your toilet bowl, but you’re having it for breakfast.

After use:

Leave the reservoir lid open so it can dry out. Germs love moisture! Throw out any water, wash removable parts with soap and water, and wipe the surface.

Once a week:

Single-cup coffeemakers have more components than a standard drip coffeemaker. Check your user manual to see which parts are dishwasher-safe, and then clean the others with an old tooth brush and vinegar.

When you can: Descale your coffeemaker. Water leaves mineral deposits that can interfere with the machine’s performance and affect the quality of your brew.

The dirt factor:

They all make coffee, but some single-serve machines are harder to clean. Here are the reviews.

Keurig:This was one of the easiest to clean, with little to no dripping after a cup finished brewing. For deep-cleaning and descaling, try this cleaning tip.

Krups Nescafé Dolce Gusto: Unfortunately, this baby drips after brewing. You also need to find a mug that fits perfectly into its tray, or you’ll splash all over your kitchen counter too. To deep clean, watch this cleaning video

Cuisinart SS-700 Single Serve Brewing System: It’s just as easy to clean as the Keurig. You need to regularly descale it.

Bosch Tassimo T65: The T-discs The T-Discs drip after brewing, so get your kitchen counter rags ready. But deep cleaning is relatively easy (as this video shows ) and you don’t have to deal with Keurig’s needles

You wash the pot, but nearly half of coffeemakers hide yeast and mold in the water reservoir. Every week, pour 4 cups of undiluted vinegar into the reservoir, leave it for 30 minutes, then percolate. Run three cycles of fresh water through the machine.

(Excuse us as we go clean out our coffee machines now.)

You are your own breast friend. Monthly breast self exams (BSE) can help you spot any lumps or changes in tissue that can signal early signs of breast cancer. Use our easy checklist, based on recommendations from the American Cancer Society and Whizz right through it.

What to look for

Basically, any change in the shape or size of the breast or unusual marks, such as:
1. Unexplained swelling or shrinking on one side
2. Recent asymmetry (many women have one slightly larger breast, but if it this is a new thing, check it out)
3. A nipple that is slightly inward or inverted
4. Swelling, redness, scaling or dimpling of the skin
5. Unusual discharge

Pick a day of the month

Hormonal fluctuations can change breast tissue, so pick the same day every month so you can tell the difference between a normal change and something worth a checkup. Best day is the end of your period, when your breasts are the least tender and your hormones have balanced out.

Stand in front of the mirror

Keep your shoulders straight and your arms on the hip and check for the symptoms above. Lift your arms for another look. All good? Fantastic!

Lie down

Now for a closer look. Use your right hand to feel your left breast, and left hand to feel your right breast. With a firm, smooth touch and fingers flat and kept together, feel for any lumps. Move in small, circular motions from top to bottom and side to side. Start from your collarbone to your abdomen, and then your armpit to your cleavage. Some women like to move from top to bottom, like a lawn-mower. Whatever works for you!

Increase pressure on the medium tissue in the middle of your reasts, and deep pressure on the skin near your back (enough to make you feel your ribcage). But no jabs that makes you yelp in pain – you’re looking for lumps, not mining for gold.

Sit up

Repeat the test while sitting or standing up.

Oh no, I found a lump!

First, don’t panic. Most often, these symptoms are not cancer, but they should be checked out by a doctor so the problem can be diagnosed and treated.

All clear – everything’s normal!

We’re just as happy and relieved as you are to hear that! Pat yourself on the back for being so proactive about your health. Share this info with your friends so they’ll enjoy that feeling too.