How to Clean a Cuisinart Stainless Steel Coffee Pot


It happens over time--that ugly brown build-up inside your stainless steel coffee pot. The Cuisinart manual recommends cleaning the carafe and lid with warm soapy water. But what about those stubborn stains that don't disappear? The good news is that you can remove them safely and easily with materials in your kitchen. These items are readily available, cheap and won't harm the environment or your carafe. Try this method to clean your pot and make it shine like new.

Things You'll Need

  • Salt or baking soda
  • Bottle brush
  • Pour enough salt or baking soda in the pot to cover the bottom up to 1/8-inch thick.

  • Add hot water until baking soda or salt is moistened.

  • Use a bottle brush to scrub the bottom and sides of the carafe until build-up is gone.

  • Rinse thoroughly.

  • Repeat Steps 1 through 4 if build-up persists or you find you missed a spot.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you don't have a bottle brush, substitute a small square cut from a mildly abrasive scouring pad (one safe for Teflon) and a wooden spoon to push it around inside the carafe. Use this technique to clean other stainless kitchenware and sinks. Vinegar or club soda can also safely clean stainless steel.
  • Salt can be corrosive to stainless steel so be sure to rinse thoroughly and do not let salt sit in carafe for an extended time. Avoid bleach and products with bleach in them, such as dishwasher detergent, when cleaning stainless steel. Do not use harsh abrasives or steel wool on stainless steel.

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