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How to Remove Coffee Stains from your Stainless Steel Coffee Pot

Posted by Andres Jimenez on
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If you are a coffee lover (like me), then you probably drink at least two cups of coffee per day and often wondering when and how to clean the coffee pot! I own a stainless steel coffee pot, and all of this coffee-making/drinking leads to one dirty pot. Before I knew how to clean a stainless steel coffee pot, I was throwing away money buying a new one every year. I finally decided to stop wasting money and learn how to clean out that old pot. 

Sure, the reason for drinking the caffeinated beverage is for primarily exactly that - caffeine - but, for cleaning purposes, you should know coffee is 98.72% water and 1.25% soluble plant matter. It is that plant matter that gives coffee its color, a color that makes a pretty noticeable stain. Below are the tips you need to clean your stainless steel coffee pot.

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1 | What you'll need

2 | How it's done

  1. Put a kettle of hot water on the stove.
  2.  Put 1 dishwashing detergent pod in the pot.
  3. Put the coffee pot in the sink.
  4. Add the boiling water to the pot until it is full.
  5. Let it sit for 30 min.
  6. Carefully swirl the water around in the pot. Be careful because the water is hot!
  7. Pour out the dirty water.
  8. Rinse the pot

3 | There are a few other ways to clean coffee pot stains:

1. Baking Soda | You need:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • Water
  • Dish brush
  • ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide

Steps to Clean the Pot:

1. Put 1 cup of baking soda into your stainless steel coffee pot and fill the pot with warm water.
2. Use your dish brush to scrub the inside of the pot while your recipe is in it.
Pour out the pot.
4. If stain remains, put ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide and 2 tbs. of baking soda in your metal pot.
Swirl the recipe in the coffee maker for 1 minute and then let it sit for 30 minutes.
Empty this out and pour hot water into the pot once more.

2. Vinegar | You need:

  • 4 oz. of vinegar

Steps to Remove the Stain:

1. Fill your stainless steel coffee pot halfway with water.
Fill the other half with vinegar.
3. Boil this mixture on your stove for a few minutes.
Turn off the heat and allow the coffee pot to sit on the stove until it is cooled to room temperature.
5. Scrub the coffee pot inside with a dish brush and then pour out the liquid. Rinse the pot.

3. Vinegar and salt | You need:

  • 6 ice cubes
  • ½ cup of vinegar
  • ⅛ cup of table salt

Steps to Remove the Stain:

1. Put 6 cubes of ice into your stainless steel coffee maker.
2. Add ½ cup of white vinegar to the metal coffee pot.
Add ⅛ cup of table salt into the mix.
Swirl the coffee pot around until the ice melts or the stain disappears.
Rinse the pot out.


4. Cookware & Bakeware Cleaner Pods | You need: 

  • One Cleaner Pod

Steps to Remove the Stain:

1. Toss Pod into stained stainless steel coffee pot
2. Fill with hot water and use utensil to swish and dissolve pod
3. Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes
4. Wash as usual

4 | That was easy

With these different options you will have a coffee pot so clean you'll forget how long you've had it for! Most homes will have the ingredients necessary to clean a stainless steel coffee pot. Even better, this cleaning endeavor doesn't take too much time. I hope that this "how to guide" gets your coffee tasting amazing once again!

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