How to Remove Hard Water Stains From a Coffee Pot

Periodically, your coffee pot needs to be clean to remove the hard water buildup, which can adversely affect the taste of the coffee as well as the appearance of the decanter.

Freshen the coffee pot with vinegar.Freshen the coffee pot with vinegar.
Some coffee pot manufacturers sell cleaning products for their appliances, yet ordinary distilled white vinegar is effective at dissolving hard water deposits and stains.

Prepare your coffee pot as you would when making a pot of coffee, but do not add coffee. Instead of water, add equal amounts of water and distilled white vinegar.

Turn on the coffee maker, so the water and vinegar solution runs through the coffee pot.

Turn off the coffee pot, and allow the water and vinegar solution to sit in the pot for about 20 minutes.

Discard the vinegar and water, and rinse the decanter to remove all traces of the vinegar.

Repeat Steps 1 and 2, but use water instead of vinegar, to remove traces of the vinegar. You may need to do this several times to remove the vinegar residue.

Things You Will Need

  • Distilled white vinegar

Tip

  • For stubborn buildup, repeat the steps several times, or use straight distilled white vinegar with no water.

About the Author

Ann Johnson has been a freelance writer since 1995. She previously served as the editor of a community magazine in Southern California and was also an active real-estate agent, specializing in commercial and residential properties. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from California State University, Fullerton.