Clean up that coffee pot with lemon or lime, salt, ice, and water

Most everyone loves to wake up to the strong aroma of coffee… it’s a welcome way to start the day!  Unfortunately, that morning java can leave a stubborn mark on the coffee pot.  Soap products mix with coffee oil and stick to the glass so those are not ideal cleansers.

The following easy steps, used by restaurants & bars where coffee pots are often left on all day will leave your carafe sparkling clean:

  1. Add Citrus, Salt, Ice & Water – Cut a lemon or lime in half.  Squeeze the juice from each half into the coffee pot.  Slice the citrus in several chunks and add them to the cooled coffee carafe.  Next, add 3 Tablespoons of Salt, fill the carafe half full of ice, and add one cup of water.
  2. Swirl and Shake the Ingredients – Hold the coffepot by the handle and swirl and shake the pot in all directions.  Repeat this process several times to ensure you remove the stains from the pot.  If the stains are particularly stubborn you can let the solution sit for an hour or so.
  3. Rinse – Be sure to thoroughly rinse with water.  Your coffee pot will look sparkling clean.  If it still has some stubborn stains, let the solution sit for a couple hours or overnight the next time you clean it.


Tips for keeping your coffee pot clean

  • Allow the coffee to cool prior to cleaning.
  • Rinse with water after each use.
  • Once a month use the above instructions to keep your coffee pot fresh and clean.

Do not add ice to a coffee carafe that is still warm or hot because you risk having the coffee carafe crack or shatter, which can cause injury.

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