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Cleaning an electric coffee percolator
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Post# 971237   12/3/2017 at 08:24 by drh4683 (Chicago western suburbs)        

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I only brew coffee in my electric percolators, which I have a small collection of. I use a #4 filter which fits well in the grounds basket and makes cleaning of the grounds easy after each brew as well as providing a better cup of coffee.

I'm particularly curious as to what happened to powder form of "Dip-It" cleaner? I believe it's product number is 37100, made by Reckitt & Coleman. Its apparently been discontinued, and I'm not sure exactly when, but I can't confirm that it's truly been discontinued either. Assuming it's a discontinued product, it seems to be pretty scarce and can only be bought from ebay for around $30 if you're lucky. No longer available on Amazon either and everyone seems to have stopped writing reviews about buying it around 2015. I think that the Dip-It powder was the standard for being the cleaner of choice for percolators and tea pots as nothing else seemed to really match it's effectiveness. I know you can get the "Dip-It" in liquid form, which is still readily available at the local grocery stores in the small bottles, but it seems to be made for drip machines. I have not compared the powder to the liquid. Has anyone ever tried the liquid product in a percolator? Is it as good as the powder?





Post# 971243 , Reply# 1   12/3/2017 at 08:39 by johnrk (Houston)        
What's your Percolator made of?

I'm assuming you're not using one with a glass carafe like Proctor-Silex or Corning. Is it aluminum or stainless steel?

I went to YouTube and looked under 'cleaning a percolator'. Funny thing is that apparently the procedure most people use is the same one for cleaning out a dirty bong!

I have a s.s. Farberware and I use the same combination of white vinegar and baking soda that I use weekly for my sink trap. I've never used Dip-It because I never saw any need for it.

I saw one young lady on there doing something interesting--she dropped one of those dishwasher pods in hers and boiled the pot with it. Seemed to do the job.

Like I'm sure you already have, I searched the web for powdered Dip-It and every site, including Wal-Mart, said it had been discontinued.

I usually use my glass carafe Proctor-Silex and I can just toss the carafe in the dishwasher. Another reason I love these percolators and own several of them!


Post# 971245 , Reply# 2   12/3/2017 at 08:52 by Maytagbear (N.E. Ohio)        
Start wuth mildest, and work your way up

Baking soda and water paste....2:1 works well.


Dawn and a soft brush and water.


Perk a full basket of baking soda for a full cycle.


Rinse very thoroughly.


Hope these help!


(I currently use an oval-ish GE stainless steel perk.)

Lawrence/Maytagbear


Post# 971249 , Reply# 3   12/3/2017 at 09:19 by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        

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What I've done in the past with percolators that are all schmutzy with years of build up is to fil it with cold water, and then put 2-3 tsps. of dw powder in the basket and perk it like for coffee.  When done, leave it sit until the water temp is down to warm.  Take a dish cloth and clean off any residue that may still be on the inside of the pot.  Rinse thoroughly.  Use as normal.


Post# 971251 , Reply# 4   12/3/2017 at 09:48 by Kenmore58 (Rhode Island)        

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Tablespoon of dollar store powered dishwasher detergent. Perk on strong brew cycle. And itís as clean as new.

Ron


Post# 971252 , Reply# 5   12/3/2017 at 09:51 by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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I have have collected coffeepots for many years. I use either powdered dishwasher detergent like Polkanut explained above, or just drop a dishwasher detergent pak into the basket. It works just like the old powdered Dip It. Fill the pot to max level, run through a brew cycle, unplug and let the solution sit in the pot for 30 mins. Then pour it out, it will be filthy, fill again with clean water and run another brew cycle, pour out, rinse and your back in business. BUT, and this is a big BUT, if the percolator is aluminum this will turn the inside black, so use Cream of Tartar instead, about 2-3 tablespoons in the basket and follow the same steps as above. And the acid in the Cream of Tartar keeps the aluminum from blackening.

BTW, if ypuíre cleaning a stove top perc use the same method, just take it off the heat after the brew time is completed and let it sit for 30 mins. to work its magic.
HTH,
Eddie


Post# 971268 , Reply# 6   12/3/2017 at 11:35 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Ron beat me to it, but I have also used dollar store dishwasher successfully to clean vintage perks.  I still have some Dip-It too - I found in the 'burbs of Boston 2 years ago.


Post# 971278 , Reply# 7   12/3/2017 at 12:31 by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
I recognize you!!!!Love your Youtube videos

You drive a 60 Chevrolet and restore TVS!!! Wish you were closer, I have a bunch of table radios and no one to fix them!! Welcome to AW!

Post# 971296 , Reply# 8   12/3/2017 at 14:33 by speedqueen (Harrison Twp, Michigan)        
Ditto what Hans said.

Dwight Moody pointed me to your convergence video when he fixed my Zenith CCII as it needed convergence done badly.

I think I watched your 1960's Christmas video a hundred times.

You, Shango066 and RadioTVPhonoNut are my favorite people to watch on YouTube.





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