How to Clean a Blackened Or Burnt Coffee Pot


A sparkling clean coffee pot produces robust coffee filled with flavor. Maintaining that coffee pot, especially after it has burned-on coffee stains, may be difficult. Regular cleaning will prevent the buildup of coffee stains, but removing the mess from a burned-on pot requires a little more.

Things You'll Need

  • Ice cubes
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Dish detergent
  • Water
  • Pour 1/8 cup of salt in the coffee pot. Sprinkle the salt so that it spread out over the bottom of the pot.

  • Add 4 to 6 ice cubes to the pot.

  • Twirl the ice cubes and salt around by holding the pot in one hand and quickly moving it in a circular motion. The salt will stick to the ice cubes and provide abrasion that will loosen the stuck on coffee. You may wish to use a wooden spoon to stir the ice cubes. Use your hands to force the cubes into any creases that may be hard to reach.

  • Pour off the ice cube and salt mixture and rinse to remove any traces of salt and residue.

  • Remove and traces of remaining coffee stains by applying baking soda to the stain and scrubbing with a wet sponge.

  • Rinse with clear water to check for any remaining traces of burnt on coffee. Repeat previous steps if necessary.

  • Wash in hot soapy water with mild dish detergent. Rinse and dry as usual.

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