My coffee maker is probably seven or eight years old. We use it primarily on weekends. Even though we wash it out, over time it still gets yucky. I happened to look the other day and saw that it was noticeably stained. There were some definite areas of buildup. Also, it just looked a little off. Really, the entire pot looked kind of sad. So, off it was to Google to look up ideas on cleaning a glass coffee pot.
I found three primary ideas as I browsed through the results. I decided to give them a shot. I basically started with the easiest, and decided to keep going until it was clean.
We use vinegar a lot. It’s great for cleaning. We’ve even recently switched to using it in the washing machine in place of fabric softener.
So it was no surprise that it showed up on the list. It seemed a pretty easy solution: Mix half water and half vinegar and let it sit.
I tried it out. I mixed things up and let it sit for about an hour. And the results were OK. It got rid of some of the
buildup. I wiped it off and the rag came out stained. But, there was still quite a bit left.
So on to the next test.
Salt and Ice
The next trick I saw was to fill the pot with crushed ice and add some salt along the way. Then swirl it around and it would supposedly clean it up.
This sounded intriguing, and fun! So I gave it a shot.
Again, it helped, but long story short, there was still quite a bit of buildup.
On to the last test.
This is another common cleaning tool, so I was again, not surprised. The method here it so sprinkle some baking soda on the stained areas and get it moist, then rub it off.
Since my coffee pot was still wet from the last attempt, I was one step ahead of the game. I poured some in the bottom, and shook the pot around until the entire inside was covered in a thin film of powder. It looked really cool!
I waited a bit and tried to wipe it off. Voila! This worked. The coffee pot looked brand new.
My Potentially Flawed Testing Method
Now I know that I’m going to try the baking soda method first. However, my caveat is that I’m not sure how scientific my testing was. Is it possible that the baking soda worked because the first two tries loosened things up? Maybe. So, if I tried it again and it wasn’t spotless after the baking soda, then I’ll know.
I can’t wait to try it. I have a coffee pot at work that will be my next test subject.
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