Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Works for Me Wednesday: Cleaning the Coffee Pot

Our tip for Works for Me Wednesday today has to do with cleaning a coffee pot.

Our coffee pot picks up a lot of scum on the inside over time, and I use a trick I learned when I was a teenage dishwasher in a restaurant. Here it is:

Put 2-3 cups of cold water into the pot
Add 1-2 cups of ice
Add 1-2 teaspoons of salt
Add 1-2 tablespoons of lemon juice (or squeeze 1/4 fresh lemon into pot)

Swirl all those items together and let the pot sit for a while as the ice melts and the salt & lemon juice break down the dirt. Check on it in an hour, a few hours, or a half day and swirl things around some more. I have a pot scrub brush that I use to get inside the pot, and usually that does the trick. Wash with dish soap and voila! A sparkling new coffee pot!

* Instead of pouring the cleaning solution straight in the sink look in your cupboards for mugs that have coffee or tea stains or other dishes that don't come quite clean. The solution works wonders on other dishes as well!

What works for you when it comes to cleaning coffee off dishes?
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Kristi said...

I have tried every cleaner on the market to get that coffee pot clean. Then I found the Magic Eraser. One easy swipe, all the stain is gone. :) It truely is Magic. Of course, I wash it in good hot soapy water after.

Anonymous said...

I've had good luck with Bon Ami in removing the stain from our pot.

raster said...

4 Tbs. Vinegar and 2 Tbs. baking soda, swirl around a bit, wash with scrubber, and then with hot, soapy water and rinse.