Coffee Pot Cleaning Tips And Home Remedies For Sparkling Carafes

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Below I've gathered up some coffee pot cleaning tips and home remedies, using common household items, to keep your carafes sparkling clean.

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As you can see from the all the tips listed there is more than one right way to go about cleaning these pots, so find one you think will work for you, with stuff you already have on hand, and get to work!

I've tried to focus on natural recipes below, since they do work quite well for this cleaning task.

However, there are also some product recommendations from readers that they've found quite effective as well.

So it's always your choice what you will use to clean items in your home.

In addition, if you have another method you've used successfully that you don't already see listed, I would love for you to tell me about it. You can share your tips here.

Also, based on some questions I've been receiving, this page is about cleaning the pot -- not the machine itself, which is a different cleaning project all together.

If you're interested in cleaning your coffee machine itself check out this page about how to clean your coffee maker here.

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Clean Stains From Coffee Pot With Salt

The video below demonstrates how to clean stains from your coffee pot with salt.

As you know if you are an avid coffee drinker as you use your coffee pot daily it can begin to get stained, both with the coffee itself and also burn marks from the coffee maker on the bottom of the pot.

You don't want to use harsh chemicals on something you are then going to get a drink out of, so salt is a great stain remover for this purpose.

You add salt to the bottom of the pot and use a damp sponge to rub the salt around.

The salt acts as an abrasive and removes the coffee stains and burn marks from the bottom of the pot.

Helpful hint: You can also use baking soda for this task, because it can also be used as a mild abrasive.

Here is the video demonstrating how to clean your coffee pot with salt:

Turbo Charge This Recipe By Adding Ice

It can be difficult to stick your hand down in certain pots to scrub the abrasive salt around. So what's the solution? Add ice.

The ice cubes will do a lot of the scrubbing for you if you add them, the ice, and some water and swirl it all around vigorously. Check out the comments below where lots of readers agree, adding ice makes this suggestion with the salt work even better!

Please note that this home remedy, and the one below using Oxiclean, are best for coffee pot cleaning when it is dirty from coffee stains or burn marks. If the coffee pot has hard water build up instead, see the final tip at the bottom of the page instead!

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Clean Your Coffee Pot With Dishwasher Detergent Powder

by Sandra Thermen
(Rolling Meadows, IL )

Many readers, including Sandra, have sent in similar recipes for cleaning a coffee pot by using dishwasher detergent powder.

Sandra's instructions said, "Fill the pot with very hot water, add 3 tablespoons of Cascade dishwasher powder. Then, let soak for 15 minutes, or longer if needed.

Swish solution with a paper towel or cloth, rinse and let dry.

OR put the pot in your dishwasher with other dishes and it will come out darling clean."

Other readers have provided similar suggestions in the comments below suggesting dishwasher powder, with some soaking and others making a paste from the powder.

There are actually quite a few cleaning and stain removal uses for dishwasher detergent beside just for cleaning dishes. You can read more uses for dishwasher detergent here, or share your own use.

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Use Oxiclean For Cleaning Your Coffee Pot

by Phyllis
(Las Vegas)

Coffee Pot... CLEAN

Coffee Pot... CLEAN

I got this quick tip from Phyllis, who shared how she cleans her pot with Oxiclean.

Phyllis says:

Put a half scoop of Oxiclean in your stained coffee pot.. pour on the hot water....let sit for a minute... it's pristine!

Taylor says:

Thanks Phyllis! I love to collect ways to use Oxiclean for cleaning and stain removal.

If other readers have more Oxiclean uses around your home please share them here.

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How To Clean Coffee Pot With Lemon

You can also clean your coffee pot with lemon and other natural ingredients. This particular method works best to remove hard water build up from the bottom of your pot.

You want to, if at all possible, use only natural ingredients when cleaning items like a coffee pot that you will later eat or drink from.

That is because, obviously, you do not want to ingest any residual chemicals from the cleaners the next time you use the item.

A natural way to clean your coffee pot is to use the following ingredients:

  • 2 lemons, cut into wedges

  • 2 tablespoons of salt

  • 2 cups ice

  • 1-2 cups cold water
Add all of these ingredients together into the coffee pot and swirl everything around for about a minute.

So basically, this is the same method as above, but adding the lemon wedges (or lemon juice if you prefer) you can also remove hard water deposits.

In addition, the lemons also helps deodorize old coffee smells.

You can submit your own tip about cleaning with lemon juice here, or read other tips already submitted.

In addition, if you have additional tips for coffee pot cleaning, please share your tips here.

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Comments for How To Clean Coffee Pot With Lemon

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what I use
by: Stacy

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser - done.

my simple method
by: Carrie

Salt and ice cubes.

the carafe coffee shop way
by: Maureen

We put ice cubes, 2 tbl salt, and 3 tbl lemon juice and swirl it around. Took off stains every time.

when I worked at a restaurant we used salt and ice cubes too
by: Sheryl Purcell

When I worked in a restaurant we would put salt and ice cubes in the coffee pot and swirl it around. Took the coffee right off.

Does Oxiclean work w/home espresso machines?
by: Anonymous

I saw the link for using Oxiclean to clean coffee pots. Does anyone know if this will work for expresso machines?? I have a DeLonghi.

response re question about expresso machine
by: Taylor

To the extent you are asking about the coffee POT itself, then these tips work equally well for all kinds of pots. However, if you're talking about the inner workings of your expresso machine I would check the page which has tips for cleaning coffee machines or makers here.

salt and ice great for when can't reach your hand into the pot
by: Nan

I have office pots that you cannot get your hand into to use a sponge. You add the salt in the bottom then throw a few cubes of ice in the pot also. Swirl around the ice and the salt and it will get rid of the stains. You don't even have to get your hands wet!!!!!

make a paste of dishwasher detergent powder
by: Linda

I use Cascade dishwasher detergent powder. Sprinkle a little in the pot and a little warm water to make it like a paste and take a wet rag or sponge and rub it around in side of the pot. Works great.

Orange Kool Aid
by: Lori

We put our coffee pots in the dishwasher with a package of orange Kool Aid. The coffee pots and the dishwasher will both come out pristine.

use dishwashing powder
by: Natalie

Soak your coffee pot or carafes with Cascade or other dish washing powder over night with hot water. Rinse and you are done.

dishwashing detergent for the stainless steel carafe
by: Kathileen

I have tried everything from salt and ice, to soaking it overnight using denture tablets, the inside of my stainless still pot was black from built up coffee residue, so I made a paste of Palmolive dishwasher detergent and baking powder, I was out of baking soda. I added a small amount of water and poured it in, let it soak 10 mins, used an old toothbrush and the black build up came right off. I rinsed the carafe really well. It was sparkling like it was new. I made a pot of coffee and it's great.

clean stainless coffee pots, thermos, or travel mugs
by: Don A Hochstein

Take 1 tablespoon of dry Tide unscented laundry detergent and add water to fill. Wait 1/2 hour, dump and rinse with hot water.

what I do
by: Cheri

Use Mr. Clean Eraser Sheets prior to putting in dishwasher.

by: H Kay

I struggled with what do, and once just picked up the Windex and sprayed it inside and outside on the carafe. Let it sit for a few minutes and use any sponge or scrubber all over and rinse with warm water first, and then cool water for a final rinse. It should sparkle like new.

Tea pitcher stains
by: Susie Wilson

As a waitress I learned to clean coffee and tea stains from pitchers by mixing crushed ice with salt and covering the pitcher with the lid, shaking it pretty hard, then rinsing it out.

Unbelievable! Oxiclean saved my stainless steel carafe!
by: Wickedgt

I've been looking around to find the best way to clean the black stains from my stainless steel coffee carafe with little to no luck. I've tried white vinegar, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, dishwasher pods, and anything else you can think of. I had approximately 5 years of crap inside my carafe that just wouldn't come off. Until.... I read to try Oxiclean. UNBELIEVABLE!!! Just one treatment and POOF! My stainless steel carafe was clean as new!
Just use 1/2 scoop of Oxiclean and really hot (not boiling) water. I let it sit for about 15 minutes then stirred it around a bit, and let it sit for another 15 minutes. Poured out the black nasty water and rinsed it a few times with just tap water. I was amazed! I looked inside and it was as if I bought a new carafe!

This is a must try if you want to clean your stainless coffee carafes, or any other stainless steel!

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