How to clean a coffee pot like a pro
All you have to do is place a filter, coffee, and water into the machine, press the button, and wait a few minutes for the amazing coffee aroma to fill the whole room. Unfortunately, it’s not so fun when brown deposits are left in the pot or streaks form on the once-shiny metal parts. Don’t worry, these are harmless, but after a while they may affect the taste of your coffee. And let’s face it – a stained coffee pot isn’t very inviting and therefore needs to be cleaned. Find out here how to clean a coffee pot inside and out whether it’s made of glass, stainless steel, or porcelain.
Can you clean a coffee pot in the dishwasher?
A dishwasher is great for saving you the time and effort, while leaving everything sparklingly clean. However, whether you should use the dishwasher or not in this case depends on what your coffee pot is made of. Glass pots are fine to go in the dishwasher, but some models require the lid to be removed first. Porcelain pots are also fine to be washed in the dishwasher. But bear in mind that even high-quality dishwasher tablets do not always rid coffee pots of stains and limescale deposits. So how do you clean a coffee pot properly? It is best to wash it by hand. Warm water, a few drops of dish soap, and a sponge is all you need for the best possible clean. Make sure you do this regularly.
Cleaning the coffee pot from the inside
Sometimes simply wiping your coffee pot is enough. Deposits that aren’t too stubborn can be removed with the rough side of the sponge. Some coffee pots have a narrow opening or a slim spout, such as the porcelain models. Don’t worry though – it’s just as simple to clean the insides of these coffee pots too.
- Cleaning the coffee pot with lemon juice
Stir around one tablespoon of lemon juice and salt into a liter of hot water and pour the mixture into your coffee pot. If your coffee pot has a lockable lid, lock it, and shake the pot vigorously to make it more effective. Then leave the pot to stand for about half an hour, rinse thoroughly, and the stains should be history.
- Cleaning the coffee pot with Ice and Salt
Put enough salt in to cover the bottom of the coffee pot. Add in ice and swirl around until the ice starts to move smoothly around the coffee pot. Continue until the stains are gone or the ice melts. Repeat as necessary. Once all stains are gone, rinse out the pot completely.
- Cleaning the coffee pot with baking powder or baking soda
Baking powder and baking soda work wonders for cleaning glass and porcelain pots especially. However, this method is not suitable for cleaning the inside of a coffee pot that’s been coated! Pour about half a teaspoon of baking soda or baking powder into the pot, add hot water, and leave the solution to soak in for several hours. Then rinse thoroughly with water – that’s it.
- Cleaning the coffee pot with dishwasher tabs
The stains in your coffee pot just won’t disappear? Then try dishwasher tabs! Carefully place a tab in the pot or let it slide in gently, fill the pot with boiling water, and wait for about two hours. With a glass pot, you can even watch the dishwasher tabs at work as they clean your coffee pot from the inside and the dirt gradually comes off. Finally, rinse out the pot with clean water and you’re done.
- Cleaning the coffee pot with vinegar
Another great way to clean your coffee pot is to use vinegar. This solution works especially well on stainless steel pots. Pour equal parts vinegar essence and warm water into the pot. After about 30 minutes, pour the solution away and rinse the pot thoroughly with clear water. Voilà – could there be an easier way to clean a coffee pot?
- Cleaning the coffee pot with rice
Do you like eating rice often and always have a good supply of it in the house? You might be shocked to know that even rice can be used to clean a coffee pot. Pour a handful of rice with a little lukewarm water into the pot. Now screw the lid on tightly and shake vigorously. Repeat this procedure several times and rinse everything out at the end. Because this method works by shaking the pot, it will only work if your coffee pot has a secure lid.
Cleaning the outside of a stainless steel coffee pot
The inside now looks great, but the outside is covered in streaks and fingerprints? Then check out these four tips for cleaning your stainless steel coffee pot from the outside:
- Soft Scrub® Multi-Surface Gel Simply squeeze a small amount onto any surface and then wipe it away with a non-scratch sponge or cloth.
- Dish soap: With a few drops of dish soap in hot water and a soft microfiber cloth, you can remove stubborn stains and marks, such as traces of coffee that has dripped down the side and dried on. Rub the pot dry to give it a bit of a polish, and the outside of the jug will be clean again.
- Baking powder or baking soda: For stubborn stains on stainless steel, mix a paste of baking soda and water with a ratio of 3:1 and then spread it on the stainless steel surface. Leave to work for a short time, and then wipe off with a damp cloth.
- Vinegar: Limescale can be easily removed using vinegar. Pour a few drops of vinegar or vinegar essence in lukewarm water, dip a soft cloth into the mixture, and rub the affected areas with it. Next, wipe with a clean, damp cloth and finally rub dry. Voilà, no more limescale!