Cleaning the Coffee Pot

Cleaning the Coffee Pot

The last part of the coffee maker to clean is the pot and the compartment where the filters sit, if applicable. Both pieces should already be fairly clean from the process of cleaning the coffee reservoir, but you still need to wash the outsides and take care of any stains.

1. If there are dark coffee stains remaining in the pot, fill it with vinegar and let it sit for three to four hours.
2. Fill the sink with warm water and add two drops of dish soap.
3. Wipe the inside and outside of the coffee pot and compartment with a sponge or steel wool pad.
4. Drain the sink and rinse the items under the tap.
5. Dry them with a dish towel or cloth.

If you have hard water, you may want to rinse your pot with distilled water to prevent mineral deposits from leaving spots on the glass.

The reason you can get a clean coffee maker with vinegar but you should still wash the pot with warm water is because you don’t want your coffee to taste like vinegar. While rinsing should be enough for the water reservoir, many people tend to leave their coffee sitting in the pot for an hour or more, especially in a business environment. This can make the coffee take on the flavor of any residue that is in the pot, even if it is a minute amount.

If you have a coffee mug or carafe that is stained, you can use the vinegar method on it as well. Just make sure to wash it with warm soapy water or put it in the dishwasher afterward.
Clean Coffee Maker with Vinegar

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