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How Often Do You Clean Your Coffee Pot? And what with?
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Post# 1035895   6/21/2019 at 06:03 (382 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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Was time to clean a bunch of those Silex cloth strainers. Usually use each two to three times then chuck it into jar until either run out or have enough to bother washing.

Anyway decided on a bit of adventure; used some of that Ecolab solid dish machine detergent. It's mostly washing soda and sodium metasilicate which are both used in commercial laundry when a high pH is wanted to "break" soils from fabrics.

Being one consumes brew made with these strainers am restricted to what can be used. Borax is out, so is anything laden with SLS which is most "delicate" detergents. Usually just soak with a bit of oxygen bleach, then boil in fresh water and same.

Mixed up some of the Ecolab solution and poured it into jar with strainers. Can you say "yuuuuck"! Water turned at once to a deep dark mucky coffee brown. About an half hour later water was even more grossly dark. After rinsing and boiling, then drying figured might as well go for a mortgage and clean the SS vacuum pot.

Made up another Ecolab solution, poured it into lower chamber, topped things off, then placed upper globe (with stainer fitted) into pot, turned on heat.....

Once water began rising to upper chamber it was a gross dark brown. After simmering for five minutes turned off heat and allows solution to "vacuum" down.

Well what a difference in the upper chamber! It the SS was bright and shiny as if it had been polished. Removed that bit and dumped out the mucky water from lower chamber and again interior was bright and clean. A bit of rubbing inside both with a sponge then rinsed and both looked good as new.

Haven't done this sort of deep cleaning since pot first arrived from eBay a few years ago now. Here's me thinking a good scrub after each use took care of coffee residue.

Seem to recall there was a product called "Dipit" that was made for cleaning coffee pots. Haven't seen it in ages though, and IIRC it was mostly sodium percarbonate.

Post# 1035898 , Reply# 1   6/21/2019 at 06:21 (382 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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I've used that Dip-It product mostly to clean perks found whilst scrounging through the belongings of the departed or dispossesed. I don't think it's made anymore, alas...

After the initial cleaning, just a good washing out with dish detergent (I tend to use Dawn) seems to do the trick. I don't use a scrubbing pad, just a sponge or a dish brush.

I've used dishwasher detergent from the local dollar store (I think someone here suggested that) and it seems to get the oils and residues out of a regularly-used perk also.

Post# 1035976 , Reply# 2   6/21/2019 at 13:03 (382 days old) by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

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I think "Dip It" looks like this now. Amazon has it. I use it in my Capresso drip coffee maker and it's still works perfectly after almost 20 years. I think it's much more effective than vinegar and it doesn't make your brewer smell like a hot salad. As far as cleaning the thermal carafe, I give it a good overnight soak with half a dozen Polident denture cleaning tablets.

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Post# 1035978 , Reply# 3   6/21/2019 at 13:12 (382 days old) by Iheartmaytag (Wichita, Kansas)        
Bunn Coffee maker

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Unit itself about once a month, delime with white vinegar.

Coffee pot, brewing funnel. Wash in the dishwasher, usually daily.

Post# 1035981 , Reply# 4   6/21/2019 at 13:53 (382 days old) by IowaBear (Cedar Rapids, IA)        

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Same routine as Harley for my drip machine, except less frequent.


Usually run vinegar through it once a quarter, dishwasher for the funnel and carafe once-a-week.  I wish there was an easier way to clean the chamber that holds the cold water but it's built-in and not removable.

Post# 1036120 , Reply# 5   6/22/2019 at 14:23 (381 days old) by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        

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My coffee production process is simple - boil water in a kettle and pour it through a paper filter and cone into my Melita pot.  So, cleaning is also simple; I wash the carafe with Dawn before each use.  Occasionally I will swish it out with sudsy ammonia (it wipes out the grease and rinses very clean).  An additional step is to polish the carafe with Bon Ami and my fingers followed by Dawn and rinse.



Post# 1036139 , Reply# 6   6/22/2019 at 19:47 (381 days old) by whirlykenmore78 (Prior Lake MN (GMT-0600 CDT.))        
My Cuisinart Coffee machine:

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Get's cleaned as follows.
After every use the carafe and lid as well as the filter basket and it's housing go through the dishwasher with Cascade Fryer Boil Out. While I have very soft water due to my EcoWater EWS-3500 water conditioner I still run about 1 liter of white vinegar followed by 2 full pot rinses quarterly.

Mi Lady should be very careful when using those Ecolab solids outside of a dishmachine dispenser. They are very potent and can easily damage skin or eyes on contact. ESPECIALLY Solid Power! That stuff is loaded with caustic soda.

Post# 1036146 , Reply# 7   6/22/2019 at 21:48 (381 days old) by PassatDoc (Orange County, California)        

I have a Cuisinart DCC-1100 drip coffee maker. I clean it quarterly with 30 ml citric acid powder dissolved in a full (12 cups) decanter of water. My drip machines typically last over a decade with this regimen. Mid-range and higher Cuisinarts have a built-in "Clean" cycle, lasting about an hour.

Post# 1036182 , Reply# 8   6/23/2019 at 11:49 (380 days old) by SudsMaster (East of SF, West of Eden, California)        

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After every use. Hot water and dish detergent.

Bearing in mind i don't let coffee pots sit at the machine to evaporate down to a paint-like brown internal coating.

And currently I'm using a Keurig which has its own little cleaning attachment.

Post# 1036196 , Reply# 9   6/23/2019 at 16:20 (380 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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Carafes: in the dishwasher.


Tank: quart of vinegar every 4 weeks.  Brew it through, wait 15 minutes, pour back in and brew again.  Dump it into the kettle to descale it.  Rinse the coffeemaker by brewing 2 carafes of water.

Post# 1036197 , Reply# 10   6/23/2019 at 16:55 (380 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Unfortunately a product very rarely seen that's as easy as brewing the pot with it in it!

That's this product carried at a few of my local hardware stores, of which I'm at the mercy of Amazon keeping around if I ever need, C.G. Whitlock's Kaf-Tan #1...

And I think that it's actually made by the same people who made my percolator, Top's Mfg. in Danbury CT.

-- Dave


Post# 1036202 , Reply# 11   6/23/2019 at 18:47 (380 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Ecolab solid detergent

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Always were gloves when doing any sort of house/busy work, so that's me for you. *LOL*

One just pours a bit of water into the container, replace lid, swish about, the let sit until think enough product has dissolved, remove lid and pour out.

Post# 1036209 , Reply# 12   6/23/2019 at 19:35 (380 days old) by whatsername (Loveland, CO)        

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French press and aero press, rinse the grounds off daily with the remaining water from the kettle. Once a week they go into the dishwasher in their entirety.

Post# 1036281 , Reply# 13   6/24/2019 at 15:25 (379 days old) by brainardcooper (Columbia, SC)        
Corning Ware

Suggestions for cleaning the inside to Corning Ware electric and stove top percolators? The dishwasher is bad for the handles.

Post# 1036287 , Reply# 14   6/24/2019 at 16:31 (379 days old) by washerboy (Little Rock Arkansas)        
stove top and electric percolators

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I'm embarrassed to admit...but I just run some bleach water in all of mine. after a few minutes they look like new; of course rinse well with cold water after soaking.

Post# 1036288 , Reply# 15   6/24/2019 at 16:32 (379 days old) by ea56 (Cotati, Calif.)        

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To clean the inside of your Corning Ware Percolator, fill it with water to the max level of cups, put the heating element, pump tube and basket in the the pot and add either one dishwashing detergent pod or 1-2 tbs. of powdered dishwashing detergent to the basket. Plug it in and let it run through a brewing cycle. When the perking stops, unplug the pot and let the cleaning solution remain in the pot for 30 mins. Now pour out the dirty water, and it will be dirty, and rinse the pot and parts well with clear water, done.

You can use this same process with any other percolator, either electric or stove top, as long as it isn’t aluminum, as the dishwasher detergent will make the aluminum black. If the pot or basket assembly is made out of aluminum, use Cream of Tarter instead, following the same procedure as above. Cream of Tarter won’t blacken the aluminum.


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