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How to Clean a Stainless Steel Coffee Pot

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What You’ll Need

Stainless steel is a popular choice for kitchen appliances, including coffee makers. These coffee makers look great, but they do pose a cleaning problem. Hard water deposits and coffee stains can be difficult to remove with a standard wash. 

  • Dish Soap
  • Baking Soda
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • White Vinegar
  • Ice
  • Brush
  • Denture Tablets

Stainless Steel Coffee Pot Cleaning

Cleaning a stainless steel coffee pot can be harder to clean than your average glass coffee pot. If your home has hard water, then the build-up of mineral deposits will also be a problem alongside the coffee stains. Luckily, with a few tricks and some elbow grease, you won’t have a problem getting them out.

 It’s best to start with a standard scrub to get any unnecessary debris off of the carafe. When cleaning the inside, I use a dish scrubbing brush to help remove tough spots.You can use boiling water to help loosen any gunk on the inside. Let it sit in your coffee pot for about 30 minutes then clean.

Best Cleaners to Use

Cleaning a Stainless Steel Coffee Carafe with Vinegar

White vinegar is great for breaking down coffee stains and mineral deposits from hard water. If you combine a half a cup of vinegar with 1/8th a cup of salt and some ice, you won’t even have to scrub the pot. 

Place the ice cubes into the pot before adding the salt and vinegar, then slowly swirl the mixture around. The ice and salt will do the scrubbing for you. Make sure you rinse it out after so your coffee doesn’t taste like vinegar.

Cleaning a Stainless Steel Coffee Carafe with Denture Tablets

Denture tablets are designed to clean food off of dentures, and that makes them great to use on kitchenware and safe. Fill your stainless steel coffee pot about halfway with warm water and then pop a denture tablet or two into it. Let this sit until the water stops fizzing, give it a scrub, and then rinse it out.

Cleaning Tips

The reaction between baking soda and hydrogen peroxide is great at cleaning burned on coffee stains off of stainless steel. Mix a full cup of baking soda into your coffee pot with water. Try scrubbing it and then pour it out. The hydrogen peroxide is for the really tough spots. 

Mix a half a cup of it with three tablespoons of baking soda and swirl it around, then leave it for half an hour. Make sure you rinse it out well after you have removed the stains.


Stainless steel coffee pots look great in a kitchen, but they do take some extra care. If you don’t keep your coffee carafe clean, it will eventually rust and will be ruined. 

There are tons of ways you can accomplish this, and we have only provided a few of them here. Keep your coffee pot clean, so you won’t miss a single morning with your cup of coffee.

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