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How to Remove Coffee Stains from your Stainless Steel Coffee Pot

Posted by Patricia Spencer on
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Are you a coffee lover like me? If so, you probably drink multiple cups daily and often contemplate how to clean your coffee pot. I, myself, have a stainless steel one and all that coffee-drinking inevitably leaves it in a dirty state, not to mention the coffee stains that can spill in your chlotes.
Hence, I eventually decided to end my needless spending and learn the steps needed to bring back the gleam of my old pot. We primarily drink coffee for the caffeine kick it gives us, however, it's worth noting that coffee is 98.72% water and 1.25% soluble plant matter. The plant matter is what gives coffee its color, which results in stubborn coffee stains. In this article, I'll provide you with tips to effectively clean your stainless steel coffee pot.

1 | Implements to clean your coffee pot

2 | Step-by-step to remove coffee stains from your pot


  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 | Other ways to clean your coffee pot:

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! There are many eco-friendly and effective ways to quickly remove stains from any mug, pot, or bottle. Either way, 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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