Cleaning A Glass Coffee Pot: Testing Three Methods

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.

Vinegar

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

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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.

Baking Soda

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.

Readers, how do you clean out your coffee pot after it builds up stains?  

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4 thoughts on “Cleaning A Glass Coffee Pot: Testing Three Methods

  1. Bahaha! How highly scientific. 🙂 Either way, you got the coffee pot clean. Too often I see people using straight-up disgusting coffee pots or they buy a *new coffee maker* because the pot needs to be cleaned. I never understood why someone would toss an item that just needs to be cleaned.
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    • I agree. I remember one time they were renovating part of our office building and there was a fridge in the old part of the building, and I asked what had happened to it. They told me that it was thrown away because it was so dirty. I was fit to be tied! We were looking for a basement fridge and I would have been happy to clean out a PERFECTLY good working fridge. Ugh, it still makes my blood boil years later!

    • Actually, yes. I pour a little water on the burner, then turn it on. When it starts to sizzle, wipe it off with a cloth (be careful, it’s hot). That will get a good deal of the gunk off. You might have to repeat a few times to get the majority of the gunk removed.

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