Chlorine bleach is the most well-known product made by the century-old Clorox company. The use of bleach in cleaning is common. Restaurants use a bleach water solution to kill germs on surfaces and even food. Chlorine is a toxic chemical, however, and should be used according to the manufacturer's instructions. A mild Clorox bleach solution of 1 tbsp. bleach to 1 gallon of water is ideal for disinfecting in the kitchen, including on the coffee pot and the coffee maker. Completely rinse with clean water before you use it.
Disinfecting Kitchen Cleaner
Among the many products available from Clorox, the Disinfecting Kitchen Cleaner is designed specifically for use in the kitchen and on kitchen appliances. It does not contain bleach, but it does kill germs to disinfect the kitchen. The cleaner should be sprayed on the surface and left for 10 minutes before wiping it off. The outside of a coffee pot can be cleaned with the disinfecting kitchen cleaner as well as the inside, but be sure to rinse it thoroughly with water before brewing more coffee.
One of the most stubborn stains that develops on a coffee pot is hard water. When the water evaporates, minerals are left behind and create a white residue. Hard water deposits are alkaline in nature, which means they have a pH level greater than 7. It takes an acid to remove the stains. Chlorine bleach is highly alkaline, so it won't break down the hard water stains in a coffee pot like vinegar.
The power of the Clorox Disinfecting Kitchen Spray also can be found in Clorox disinfecting wipes. For a quick clean, you can pull out a single, pre-moistened wipe and wipe down the outside of a coffee pot or coffee maker. As with all Clorox products, you must thoroughly rinse the coffee pot before you use it for making coffee to prevent getting the chemicals from the wipe into your cup of Joe.