The Best Way to Clean a Dirty Coffee Pot

Andrew Smith

Brown stains will become visible on the sides and bottom of your coffee pot after a couple of uses. These stains will remain on the coffee pot even if you clean the pot in your sink or dishwasher after every use.

Clean a dirty coffee pot.

Stains as well as mineral deposits that accumulate inside the dirty coffee pot can give your coffee a stale, bitter flavor that will remain even if you clean out the inside of your coffee maker.

  1. Remove the lid from the coffee pot. Place the coffee pot into a sink.

  2. Heat about 2 cups of white distilled vinegar in your microwave oven for 30 to 45 seconds. Make sure the vinegar does not come to a boil.

  3. Pour the heated vinegar into the coffee pot.

  4. Pour 2 cups of baking soda into the coffee pot. A reaction will occur and, depending on the size of the coffee pot, portions of the vinegar and baking soda may even rise up out of the coffee pot. This is not a problem. Wait until the reaction subsides back into the coffee pot.

  5. Scrub the inside of the coffee pot with a soft-bristled brush. Be sure to scrub the bottom of the coffee pot, as this is where the worst stains likely will be located.

  6. Empty the coffee pot, and rinse it with warm water. Repeat the process if stains remain inside the coffee pot.