The Best Way to Clean a Glass Coffeepot

Filthy glass coffeepots are more than an eyesore; the old stains and baked-on coffee can affect the taste of your brew. Restaurateurs and baristas know the tricks to cleaning glass carafes, as they spend many an evening at closing time getting the coffeepots ready for the next day. Fortunately, the strategies they use for cleaning glass pots work just as well at home. Follow these strategies for making your glass coffeepot sparkle like new.

Vinegar: the Stinky Solution

Vinegar is a natural acid that dissolves coffee stains and hard-water mineral deposits from glass. Mix 2 cups of white vinegar with two cups of water and pour into the pot. Swish the solution around until the stains dissolve, or add two tbsp. of baking soda for extra scrubbing power.

Rinse the pot thoroughly after cleaning to remove that pungent smell and taste of vinegar.

Salt and Ice

This is a favorite trick of coffee baristas: fill the glass pot with crushed ice and two tbsp. of coarse salt. Swirl the mixture around in the pot to create a scrubbing effect. Although this may take a little longer than vinegar, it's cheaper and smells much better.

Lemon juice to the Rescue

Like vinegar, lemon is a natural acid that can help get rid of coffee stains. Add a cup of lemon juice to the glass pot, fill with cold water and let soak overnight. This solution takes the most time but requires the least effort, since you just fill the pot and leave it on the counter so the lemon juice can work its acidic magic. The next morning, wipe the inside of the pot with a paper towel or use a soft bristle brush to scrub away any lingering stains.