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How To Clean A Coffee Pot: {Plus Tips}

Posted By Tipnut On July 12, 2010 @ 3:43 am In Kitchen | 5 Comments

ExampleIf your favorite small appliance is looking a little grungy lately, here’s an easy way to make it look brand new again:

  • Fill the tank with 6 cups of vinegar, then top up with water. Turn on the machine as you would when making coffee (minus the grounds). The machine will heat the vinegar and water as it normally does. This is for a 12 cup machine, if yours is a different size, just use 50/50 vinegar and water.
  • Once it has finished running, pour the hot vinegar mix back in the tank and run through the process again.
  • Dump the hot liquid then scrub the pot inside and out with hot soapy water. There should be no signs of brown film at this point.
  • Next add plain water in the tank and turn on the machine. This will run through and rinse out the vinegar. I do this step twice using fresh water for the second rinse cycle.

That’s it! It should be as new again with any brown buildup or grunge washed away.


  1. The vinegar not only helps clean the inside of the glass, but also flushes out any buildup in the tank and tubes.
  2. Use this method regularly and you’ll prolong the life of the machine as well as keep the glass sparkling.
  3. If it is especially coated in film or liquid has accidentally been burned in it, fill the pot with vinegar and leave overnight. In the morning dump the vinegar in a pail and wash the pot in hot soapy water. If there are still some stubborn brown film stains, fill it again with the saved vinegar and soak overnight again. Repeat the process until it is sparkling again.
  4. If you have a thermos or carafe, fill it with 50/50 hot water and vinegar and allow to soak overnight. This helps remove the film inside as well.

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