You’re on your way to work, and you ask yourself, “Did I turn off the coffee maker?” Coming home to a scorched coffee pot can quickly sour anyone’s day. Fortunately, with a few simple steps, you can remove the burnt-on crust and have your coffee pot ready for your next wake up call.
Cleaning the Inside of the Pot
You Will Need:
- Table salt
Steps to Remove the Burned Stains:
- If the pot is hot, remove it from the heat and allow it to cool. Never place cold items in a hot pot as it can cause it to crack.
- Rinse the coffee pot out with water to remove any loose debris.
- Pour ½ cup of salt into the pot. This will serve as the scrubbing agent.
- Next add enough crushed ice to fill the pot half full.
- Add 1 cup of water.
- Swish and swirl the mixture in the pot. As you are swirling, you will see the brown layer come loose from the surface. When the water gets too dark to see if there is improvement being made, empty the pot and start with a fresh batch of salt, ice and water.
- Continue cleaning until the pot is clean to your satisfaction. Severe burns will take more time than light build-up.
- After the brown layer is removed, wash the pot as normal.
- Dry with a soft cloth, and your coffee pot is ready to use.
Cleaning the Outside of the Pot
- For a stainless steel coffee pot or carafe, use the guide How to Remove Scorch Marks from Stainless Steel.
- For a glass coffee pot, use the guide How to Remove Burn Marks from Glass Cookware.
Additional Tips and Advice
- When swishing and swirling, be careful not to splash the contents out of the pot.
- If the mouth of the coffee pot is large enough to get inside and scrub, try making a paste out of baking soda and water. Scrub the burnt areas away with the paste. For extra cleaning power, add white vinegar.
- Always use soft cloths or non-abrasive scrubbers when cleaning to avoid scratching the glass.
- Never try to clean a hot pot. Allow it to cool to avoid burns and risk breaking the glass pot.