If you have ever accidentally left a bit of coffee cooking on the heating element of your coffee maker, then you know all about how difficult it can be to remove coffee stains from a coffee pot. It doesn't have to be really hard or impossible to handle, and even the most stubborn stains can be removed with a little work and a little knowledge.
Clean the coffee maker. This is a good time to clean the coffee maker. Pour 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 water into the water tank of your coffee maker and let the hot vinegar water run through the filter basket (which should be empty of grounds and filter as well as clean) and into your stained coffee pot. Let this sit for about 10 minutes and be hot. Then let it cool at least 10 minutes and pour it out. This will loosen any solids that have stuck onto your coffee pot as well as remove some stains and mineral deposits.
*If your coffee pot isn't part of a coffee maker then simply add hot water and vinegar to it and let it soak a short time.
Add Cascade. Most people are familiar with Cascade or other granular dishwasher detergents. What a lot of people don't realize is these are great at getting rid of all sorts of stains that plague your dishes and pots. Pour about 1/2 cup and fill the pot with warm water. Let it soak about fifteen to twenty minutes (or overnight or while you are at work).
Wash the pot. Using warm soapy water, wash the pot as you normally would. This should be easy to do now and the pot should come out sparkling clean.
Rinse the coffee maker. Run two pots of water through your coffee maker, filter basket, and into your coffee pot. Let each one cool ten minutes before adding the next one. Your maker will be cleaner and your coffee pot sparkling.
*If your coffee pot isn't part of a coffee maker, then rinse it well and let it dry.
These simple instructions will remove stains from your coffee pot. Whether they are there from frequent use or cooked into place, you can have a sparkling pot again. But that isn't all. You can also use these same methods to clean coffee cups, coffee carafes, tea pitchers, and tea pots from the stains that they can accumulate. You can have a sparkling line of dishes where you once had stains.